If a business is to manage risks and act to reduce its emissions, climate change can’t be seen as a separate agenda but needs to be core to the business strategy.
Non-executive directors play a critical role in shaping business strategy and have an opportunity to make sure it adequately considers different warming scenarios, is based on the impact the company is currently having, and has an ambitious vision with robust targets to work towards.
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Try the Chapter Zero Board Scorecard
The Board Scorecard is for use by individual NEDs to help you assess how effectively your board is tackling the net zero transition and building resilience to climate impacts.
Climate scenarios and consumer business
Scenarios describe what the future could look like and are created to challenge conventional wisdom and drive better decisions. This report from Deloitte and the Met Office explores the futures of four different climate change scenarios and the science they are founded on. It illustrates how scenario analysis can aid effective decision-making in consumer businesses.
Scope emissions explained
Knowing where your company’s emissions are made is an important step in planning and setting robust and measurable targets. We explain Scope emissions and how to define them.
How to cut emissions in your supply chain
Emissions from your supply chain can pose the greatest challenge when setting ambitious plans to reduce your climate impacts. How can you cut emissions that aren’t in your direct control or that might be the result of bigger systemic issues?
Read the highlights of our event with Tesco, Mondi and the British Retail Consortium.
Opinion: The world needs better climate pledges
Authentic climate leadership requires more – a transparent and meaningful “Emissions 360” pledge that is focused on bringing real emissions to zero, helping others do the same, and equitably addressing historic climate pollution. This Project Drawdown article provides a guide/opinion on what is needed for a robust climate pledge.
Our Board Toolkit and Board Readiness Check
Designed for non-executive directors, our Board Toolkit helps you ensure your businesses have the strategic plans in place to respond to climate change.
The Board Toolkit includes the Board Readiness Check which is an automated assessment to help you determine how ready your board is to make progress on climate change.
Change Management Toolkit
You can use our Change Management Toolkit to explore the process of creating a climate change strategy.
Read ‘Section 3: Defining the strategy’ for frameworks and information on:
- Measuring the baseline and associated standards
- Generating ideas for initiatives by engaging the whole business and a template to help do so
- A prioritisation framework to help identify the impact, benefits, and trade-offs
- Building a roadmap towards your targets.
How can boards deliver net zero carbon business strategy?
This is one of the key questions affecting senior decision makers in all businesses. We hosted an exclusive webinar for our members, in collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Earth on Board, to explore this critical issue. Explore the five key drivers for change in this briefing note.
Principles for Paris-aligned business plans
There is growing pressure for firms to align their strategies with global net zero emission goals. ClientEarth has developed a principles-based approach that should underpin all Paris-aligned strategies.
Net Zero Initiative: A framework for collective carbon neutrality
There is a lot of debate about whether an organisation can ever be net zero. Some would argue that an organisation can only contribute to a global measure of net zero or carbon neutrality through reducing its own emissions, reducing others’ emissions and developing carbon sinks. This framework helps to understand carbon neutrality and explore how organisations describe and organise their climate action to maximise their contributions.