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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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WWF special briefing for business

The IPCC Climate Report

It's been called a "survival guide for humanity" - so what does the latest IPCC climate report say, and what does it mean for businesses? 

This special briefing with Dr Stephanie Roe, WWF's Global Climate Lead Scientist and IPCC Lead Author, explains more.

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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 (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF. It enables businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. The SBTi focuses on accelerating companies across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.

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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 Innovations

The WWF Climate Innovations Programme aims to increase the uptake and scale of the best possible climate innovations that can make a difference for our planet. We work with cities, companies and intermediaries in the innovation ecosystem to improve impact management and remove barriers.
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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.


Learn more about the methodology