COP26: What does it mean for responsible business?

This member-only factsheet details initiatives responsible businesses can join to effectively respond to the climate crisis and how BITC can support your organisation.

In November 2021 the UK will host the COP26 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference, at which climate targets will be agreed by national governments. Rapid action from businesses will be required to meet these targets. This Business in the Community (BITC) member-only factsheet details initiatives responsible businesses can join to take action, and how we can support your organisation to effectively respond to the climate crisis.

The factsheet also contains details of how three BITC members, InterContinental Hotels Group, Sky and Unilever, are taking climate action.

Race to Zero

To support the private sector to help meet climate targets the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) launched the global Race to Zero campaign. It aims to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. BITC urges organisations to join one or more of the Race to Zero initiatives detailed in this factsheet.

About Business in the Community’s Environment Campaign and Challenge 2030

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).

BITC’s Challenge 2030 campaign aims to accelerate the transformation to a future where the climate crisis is history. It 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.

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