At COP25 in December 2019, the global B Corp community committed to collective and immediate action to halt and reverse the current climate trajectory and to build an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economic system for all people and the planet.
There are now nearly 800 B Corps committed to Net Zero by 2030. This coalition continues to grow and is leading the way as part of a broader climate mobilization of the global B Corp community. These efforts are leveraging B Corps’ unique credibility as leaders of responsible business practice with the community’s readiness for collective voice and action to play a catalytic, inspirational role in advancing the business sector’s response to the climate emergency. By combining bold community ambitions rooted in justice, amplified through partnerships and collaboration, and accelerated by climate policy advocacy, the global B Corp community is advancing a global transition to a zero-carbon, regenerative economy.
Introducing The Climate Justice Playbook for Business V1.0: a global call for businesses to center all climate action in people and justice
New resource launched by B Lab, the COP26 Climate Champions Team, Provoc, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford
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This new resource created by B Lab, the COP26 Climate Champions Team, Provoc, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford is a practical guide that will help business leaders understand the intersection of climate action and social justice and advance a justice-centered approach to climate action.
The Playbook calls on the global business community to make a fundamental shift in mindset and behavior, to evolve from extractive and exploitative to regenerative and equity-driven - putting those who are most impacted by climate change at the forefront of driving solutions. Through real-world examples, business-to-business advice, and human stories, this playbook shows just how essential it is to center the voices of those most affected if we are to make real progress on climate action.
5 Key Take-Aways from the Playbook
1. This is deep, challenging, personal work. We have to set aside conventional ways of thinking and doing to do this work well. The work is non-linear and hard, and must start from within each person. It’s not only a professional journey, but a personal one — rooted in mindfulness, humility and self-awareness.
2. People & equity must be at the center. Climate justice cannot be just a “lens:” people and justice must be at the center of all climate action and advocacy. We must listen to and take the lead from those most impacted who have been historically at the margins.
3. We must work together. We need more than businesses simply working alone on their own impact: it’s collaboration and collective voice, awareness, and action that will enable us to solve the climate crisis and create a just, equitable, regenerative future.?
4. There’s no time like the present to get started. You’re not alone if you’re at the beginning of this journey. The Playbook includes stories and insights from businesses who at different points along this journey.
5. A fundamental mindset shift is essential. The global business community must make a fundamental mindshift on climate action — from extractive and exploitative approaches that perpetuate a cycle of harm and injustice to equitable and regenerative ones, focused on creating sustained social and environmental well-being.The global business community must make a fundamental mindshift from extractive and exploitative approaches to climate action that perpetuate a cycle of harm and injustice, to equitable and regenerative ones, focused on creating sustained social and environmental well-being.
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