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Working with business to tackle climate change
Solutions to the climate crisis are available and economically viable, and businesses of all sizes are taking steps to meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

WWF works with businesses to help them on their journey, from cutting their emissions in line with climate science, to supporting those with innovative solutions, and securing renewable energy to power their business operations.

Why it matters

Businesses are critical in the fight against climate change as they are the source of most of the world’s emissions. The targets set by governments will never be achieved if businesses don’t move towards them. That is why we are calling on businesses to play their part. 

WWF has multiple initiatives designed to help businesses in their decarbonisation efforts. We work with companies from the first steps all the way through to the implementation of their climate strategy. Our initiatives are designed with climate science as our core foundation, and everything we do is aimed at securing a 1.5°C future. 

There is a compelling business case to take immediate action on climate change.
  • Reducing energy use and emissions can cut operating costs and drive efficiency.
  • Companies demonstrating leadership on climate can improve their reputation and position with customers, suppliers, investors and regulators, as well as reduce their exposure to climate risks.
  • Taking ambitious climate action can help businesses stay ahead of future policy changes and climate regulations.
  • Companies can foster innovation in their organisations and attract engaged, talented staff who want to work for a business with strong values.
Taking climate action simply makes good business sense.

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How we work with business

WWF Climate Business Network

The Climate Business Network provides companies with an opportunity to engage with WWF experts and other business leaders to gain the knowledge and guidance needed to take credible, ambitious climate action.

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Science Based Targets initiative

The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF that aims to increase corporate ambition for climate action. The initiative helps companies to set scientifically sound targets that are consistent with the level of decarbonisation required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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Corporate Renewables

We work with businesses to enable them to purchase renewable energy to power their operations through buyers alliances. WWF’s international network allows us to connect global businesses to local initiatives, as well as provide them with country-specific strategies and support. Initiatives are currently running in Australia, China, IndiaMexico, South Koreathe United States and Viet Nam.

Climate Solver

As WWF’s innovation programme, Climate Solver aims to highlight innovative technologies that provide immediate and practical solutions to climate change. The Climate Solver Awards honour climate-smart entrepreneurs and businesses from China, India and the Nordic countries.

Beyond Net-Zero

In an effort to increase ambition and support companies in their net-zero plans, WWF's Beyond Net-Zero guidance explains how businesses can become climate leaders and maximise their contribution to limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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The CDP-WWF temperature rating methodology

A temperature rating method for targets, corporates, and portfolios

The CDP-WWF temperature rating methodology is an open source methodology to assess the ambition of corporate emissions reduction targets, which translates these targets into a single, intuitive metric.


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