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:
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.
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.Take Action
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
Generously Supported by:
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.
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.