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Launch of Climate Leadership NOW, the new paper on corporate climate leadership from the We Mean Business coalition

last modified Sep 25, 2020 08:53 AM
24 September 2020 – The We Mean Business coalition published today a new paper produced in collaboration with CISL, that lays out what corporate climate leadership needs to look like in the 2020s. The publication was launched during a dedicated event at Climate Week NYC.

Download the report here

Climate Leadership NowWatch the recording of the event here including the contribution from CLG Director Eliot Whittington.

Watch CLG Director Eliot Whittington’s statement here.

In this guide, the We Mean Business coalition sets out the characteristics that all well-run companies will need to adopt to progress in key climate action areas. The guide explains the frontiers of leadership that the most ambitious companies are currently exploring, and sets out how companies will need to demonstrate accountability, to give their leadership credibility. It finishes with a checklist of steps and actions setting out how companies can show climate leadership. Hundreds of companies are already on this journey, and most of them have gone further and faster than they believed possible before they started. Thousands more companies will join them and these actions will become the new business as usual.

Background

The We Mean Business coalition has been at the forefront of business leadership on climate change since it was founded in 2014. During this time, climate action has consistently proven itself to make good business sense. In parallel, our understanding about how the economy can decarbonise has evolved at pace.

Despite these positives, the climate crisis remains a present danger. With every day that passes, the significance and immanence of the threat becomes increasingly apparent. The need for corporate climate leaders has always been urgent. Now more than ever.

The next decade will be crucial to put us on track to decarbonise the economy. Business does not claim to have all the answers nor cannot it do everything. But, the power of corporate leaders to help accelerate the pace of change is profound.