CHALLENGE 2030 – make the climate crisis history

Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) Challenge 2030 campaign calls on businesses to put tackling the climate crisis at the heart of building back responsibly after COVID-19 so that we build the resilience of communities to future shocks and together make the climate crisis history.

Although the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) has been postponed to 2021, we still look to galvanise companies behind our Challenge 2030 vision and demonstrate UK corporate leadership in achieving net zero carbon. COP26 is only the starting point – it must catalyse a decade of action to transform businesses and communities.

Challenge 2030 – a UK wide call to action

Challenge 2030 calls for bold leadership from business to help make the climate crisis history.
BITC is calling on business to increase:

  1. The speed with which they will achieve net zero carbon targets aligned to the Paris agreement
  2. The scale of ambition in their climate action plans to rapidly cut carbon and prepare for climate impacts 
  3. The scope of their influence by collaborating with employees, suppliers, customers and sectors to unlock barriers to action

Download the Challenge 2030 A-Z Jargon Buster, an easy to understand guide to each environmental term.

Act now to the climate change emergency

We are asking business to be guided by the science and act now to respond to the climate change emergency.  Challenge 2030 will use COP26 as a starting point for demonstrating how business can be a force for good in tackling climate change. The Challenge will gather evidence of business action to promote and inspire others to act.  Practical guidance and resources to support target setting, employee engagement and to tackle climate change through the supply chain will be provided.
We will campaign for government action to support these actions.

We want to hear from you

We want to hear from you and share your stories. What are you doing on climate change in your organisation?  What are the opportunities you see and the barriers you face?  As part of Challenge 2030 we will be building up an evidence base of what is possible. This will be used to inform, educate, and influence both the wider business community and policy makers. Contact Environment at BITC for further information or to share your story.

The Responsible Business Tracker®

In May 2020 BITC’s Responsible Business Tracker showed only half of respondents had assessed the impacts of climate change on their core business or achieved carbon reductions.  This must change.

The BITC environment agenda

Our environment and sustainability agenda encourages innovative and transformational change at the core of business. Our programmes focus on building a one-planet economy that delivers lasting prosperity through the UN Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Net Zero Carbon

By 2030 the UK needs to have delivered on its commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C, something many consider only possible by achieving a net-zero carbon economy. It will be companies that see tackling climate change as part of future-proofing their business that prosper in this changing world.

Watch the webinar: Net Zero by 2030 is possible

Make a commitment that your business will be part of delivering a restorative, 1.5°C economy.

Water and Healthy Eco Systems

Business in the Community is working with business to reduce risk and improve the health of water, soil and biodiversity within their supply chain. Our programme has three pillars of work: healthy ecosystems, resilience and circular economy. These work areas are built on a foundation of enablers, provided by the Water Taskforce.

Circular Economy and Resource Productivity

Our Circular Economy campaign seeks to tackle the climate emergency by making the Circular Economy a mainstream business priority.  By moving away from a take-make-dispose model of consumption, towards one that focuses on retaining value from materials for as long as possible and eliminating waste, responsible businesses can save costs, reduce carbon and become more resilient.

We call on businesses to publicly commit to embracing the Circular Economy by signing the Waste to Wealth commitment.  We support BITC members to bring this to life through practical guidance and collaborative projects aimed at creating circular value chains, focusing on resource intensive sectors including the Built Environment and Textiles.  The work is led by our Circular Economy Taskforce and includes our Circular Office and Lifting the Lid on Waste guides.

In September 2020, Business in the Community’s ‘Time to Fix Up’ report identified the shift to a Circular Economy as a key priority for businesses looking to Build Back Responsibly from COVID-19.  Whilst not the only answer, Circular Economy principles present a compelling template for companies to reduce short-term costs, identify new revenue sources, build resilience into value chains and accelerate the pathway to a Net Zero carbon economy. 




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