We Mean Business is a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. These businesses recognize that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. To accelerate this transition, we have formed a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyze bold climate action by all, and promote smart policy frameworks.
Leading businesses recognize…
While climate change is one of the greatest risks we face, tackling it is also one of our biggest economic opportunities.
The impact of climate change on business and society is already being felt. Left unchecked, climate change will cause damage to facilities; disrupt supply and distribution chains; threaten power supplies; jeopardize the global food and water resources; and add overall uncertainty to the marketplace thus increasing the cost of doing business. It is clear that fair, equitable, high-quality growth can no longer be sustained unless climate risk is addressed.
To reduce this risk, companies need to find new ways of doing business. The sooner this is accomplished, the less disruptive and more cost-effective the transition will be.
The low carbon revolution is already offering huge opportunities for business, the economy and society as a whole. Companies have the potential to unleash a wave of innovation in low carbon technologies, creating new products and services, generating employment, reducing energy consumption and increasing savings if the right policies are in place.
The resulting new clean energy economy will improve public health, provide greater energy security and contribute to poverty alleviation for billions of people around the world.
Many businesses have helped kick-start this movement by setting ambitious targets, reporting emissions and scaling up low carbon investment. The necessary change needed to address climate change, however, is not happening fast enough. Further action from government will help more and more companies take this to scale.
Businesses need policies that help them scale up clean energy and energy efficiency conserve natural resources and send the right price signals to drive investment in low carbon technologies and build resilience into workforce and communities most affected by climate impacts.
By working together, business and government can meet the climate change challenge and help create a better, safer and healthier world for all.