Climate Action

HOW BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY IS SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS TO TAKE CLIMATE ACTION

Innovating to sustain and repair our planet

There is no time to lose if we are to keep global temperature rises at a stable level for humanity. Every business, regardless of size or sector, must take climate action now.

Responsibility goes beyond company boundaries. We must deliver a fair and inclusive journey to a net-zero, resilient future where people and nature thrive.

Business in the Community (BITC) members are taking climate action. Join us to accelerate progress, maximise business opportunities and secure a future for us all.

turn the biggest challenge facing HUmanity into its greatest achievement

Key facts

  • 72% of people want businesses they buy from to take climate action. Almost two thirds (62%) do not trust businesses to do what they promise.1
  • Over half of people (52%) do not think they will need new skills to be successful in a net-zero economy. Of those that do, 57% think employers are not preparing them.2
  • £1.1 trillion of the costs of climate impacts to society could be avoided if UK businesses achieve net zero by 2030 rather than 2050.3

Seven Steps for Climate Action

Use our Seven Steps for Climate Action to develop your plans. Focus on:

  • Targeting net zero.
  • Building skills to thrive in the transition.
  • Involving diverse stakeholders.

View and download the Seven Steps for Climate Action

Making a just transition

BITC launched our work on a just transition at COP26, the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties, held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. As the UK responds to the climate crisis, we are urging businesses to deliver a fair and inclusive transition for people and nature. Read BITC’s report The Right Climate For Business: leading a just transition, for research and recommendations on creating a net-zero, resilient future where people and nature thrive.

View BITC resources designed to help you take climate action.

UK-wide climate action

BITC’s national and regional leadership boards bring together business leaders, focusing on collaborative action to achieve net-zero carbon and a resilient future across the UK. They work together and with other stakeholders to:

  • inspire businesses of all sizes to accelerate their efforts to deliver a net-zero, resilient future where people and nature thrive
  • build skills to ensure employees at all levels can deliver the transition
  • involve diverse stakeholders to co-create solutions to protect the most vulnerable and ensure the benefits of the transition are felt across communities.

Challenge 2030

A fair and inclusive transition is part of our Challenge 2030 campaign to make the climate crisis history in the next decade. It calls on businesses to increase:

  • the scale of ambition in climate action plans, using Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) thinking to embed risks and opportunities into business as usual.
  • the speed with which they will achieve net zero carbon, as close to 2030 as possible and aligned with the UN’s Race to Zero.
  • their scope of influence, developing and implementing an inclusive strategy in collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

Work with us to accelerate the journey

  1. Take part in BITC’s Responsible Business TrackerTM, available for free to BITC members. It enables participants to assess their starting point and measure progress to assess your starting point and measure progress and create and deliver ambitious climate action plans with our advisory support. Speak to your Relationship Manager or contact our Advisory Service Team.
  2. Join our Climate Action Leadership Team, Net Zero Carbon Taskforce, Circular Economy Taskforce or a geographic Leadership Board to shape and implement our strategy. Alternatively you could fund and lead our work as a Just Transition Partner.
  3. Get involved in collaborative projects to investigate, co-create and activate solutions. See our latest events.

GLOBAL GOALS
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Graphic image of a sun with a power logo in the centre saying '7 affordable and clean energy' reflecting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) or Global Goal 7
Graphic image of three stacked blocks with text saying '9 industry, innovation and infrastructure' reflecting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) or Global Goal 9
Graphic image of four different sized buildings with text saying '11 sustainable cities and communities' reflecting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) or Global Goal 11
Graphic image of an infinity loop with text saying '12 responsible production and consumption' reflecting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) or Global Goal 12
Graphic image of a planet Earth with text saying '13 Climate Action' reflecting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) or Global Goal 13
References
  1. Business in the Community (2022) The Right Climate For Business: leading a just transition, 25 January.
  2. ibid.
  3. Business in the Community (2021) Understanding the Social Cost of Carbon, available to BITC members only.