Written by B The Change
Amid an accelerating drumbeat of environmental and social crises, more than 500 Certified B Corporations declared a climate emergency in December 2019 as part of their commitment to Net Zero 2030. Hundreds more have joined them since, as the crises and harm to the planet and its inhabitants have continued: the Australian bushfires of late 2019/early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic and societal upheavals, and the severe winter weather in 2020 that in part led to deadly power outages in Texas.
More and more B Corps are joining the call to take action on environmental and social justice. As they do, they are paying heed to recent climate forecasts by taking steps to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the potential harm to people and the planet. In acknowledging and addressing the dual crises of climate change and social inequality, B Corps are collaborating with other organizations and businesses to try new methods and identify best practices. These include Business Declares, a group of companies that have declared a climate emergency, as well as the B Corp Climate Collective and its partners.
To guide B Corps and other companies declaring a climate emergency, B Lab UK and partner organizations produced a downloadable playbook with examples and other resources for climate action. By declaring a climate emergency, businesses and organizations make a public commitment. Additionally, they take the first step as climate action leaders to adopt policies and practices that will help them innovate and prepare for the future while best prioritizing their stakeholders.
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