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What We Do

We Mean Business is a global nonprofit coalition working with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. Together we catalyze business leadership to drive policy ambition and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

The coalition brings together seven international nonprofit organizations:

  • BSR
  • Ceres Sustainability is the bottom line.

 

Our mission is to ensure that the world economy is on track to avoid dangerous climate change by 2020 while delivering sustainable growth and prosperity for all.

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Our Theory of Change

Translating policy outcomes for business

Mobilizing Business to set ambitious targets and equipping them to implement and achieve impact

Influence government to create the ambitious, enabling policy that business needs to deliver bold climate action

Accelerating through partnerships with investors, cities, states and regions and civil society

Catalyzing business leadership

The zero-carbon transition is underway and forward-looking businesses are harnessing climate action as a driver of innovation, competitiveness, risk management and growth.

We are mobilizing businesses to set ambitious targets and equipping them to seize the opportunities of the zero-carbon transition. Hundreds of businesses have helped kick-start this transition by setting science-based emissions reduction targets and taking action to deliver against those targets by committing to transition to 100% renewable power.

But it is not happening fast enough. The necessary speed and scale of the transition requires all companies and sectors to engage proactively to reduce emissions at the rate required to avoid dangerous climate change. Which is why our coalition is working together to catalyze further, faster corporate climate action.

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Driving Policy Ambition

Business is one of the key implementation partners for governments to achieve the climate targets laid out in the Paris Agreement. Corporate leadership is also vital to aid the necessary progressive increase in ambition of climate targets and to completing the policy enabling environment initiated by the Agreement.

We encourage governments to create the enabling policies that support companies to deliver bold climate action at scale. This includes identifying key policy priorities for development and interpreting their impact for business.

We also represent forward-looking companies and their achievements to government, to help shape the policy enabling environment.

Policy

Accelerating Low-Carbon Transition

The zero-carbon transition is at a defining moment, where the combination of bold business decisions and strong policy engagement can accelerate progress at an exponential rate. This presents the opportunity to deliver the dual goals of reducing global emissions and maximising economic growth.

A collaborative partnership between business and government can ensure the transition is achieved at the speed and scale required, securing future profitability for business and delivering national and international decarbonization commitments.

By working together, business and government can avoid dangerous climate change while creating a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for us all.

Companies

Coalition Partners

BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world.
The B Team is a nonprofit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyze a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
CDP is a nonprofit running the leading global platform for environmental disclosure, focusing investors, companies and cities on taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy.
The Climate Group is an international nonprofit that specializes in bold, catalytic and high-impact climate and energy initiatives with the world’s leading businesses and regional governments.
Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.
CLG Europe is a select group of leading European businesses, with a membership representative of Europe in both geography and sector. CLG Europe members have come together to work with policymakers and business peers to support stronger ambition and effective, accelerated action on climate change within the EU and globally. CLG Europe also works closely with its UK sister group - The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group.

Generously Supported by:

Founding Partner Ikea Foundation

The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) works to create a better everyday life for the many people. As the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the Ingka Group of companies, IKEA Foundation focuses on improving the lives of vulnerable children by enabling their families to create sustainable livelihoods, and to fight and cope with climate change.

Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org  or on www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For more than 50 years, it has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote women’s health and economic well-being, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective. On the web at www.hewlett.org.

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation, with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi and New Delhi. Established in 2003, CIFF works with a wide range of partners seeking to transform the lives of children and adolescents in developing countries. Areas of work include maternal and child health, adolescent sexual health, nutrition, education, deworming, tackling child slavery and exploitation, and supporting smart ways to slow down and stop climate change.

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