We’ve got 12 years to turn this ship around.
The IPCC news typically conjures up two feelings: doomsday or rally cry.
How did this news resonate for you?
It is a sobering reality for our fragile planet. Corporate leaders now rank environmental risks,* including failure to adapt to and mitigate climate change, highest in both likelihood and impact (according the 2018 World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report). And the big news out of COP24 is that leading investors and banks are on board and joining the call for bold climate action. This is what we’ve all been waiting for — the alignment of the C-suite and the investment community to propel sustainable change.
With courage as their engine and science as their compass, sustainability leaders see in today’s urgency the greatest opportunity for their businesses to have a positive impact on the world.
This creates the ideal conditions for transforming good intentions and commitments into action. But to do so, sustainability managers will be required to wade into uncharted waters. To turn their own ship around, they have to set bold goals — ones that likely won’t be reached within the tenure of their role. They may not know which environmental solutions exist and which need to be developed. Perhaps they lack the executive buy-in for the pace and scale of change they know is necessary. Feeling overwhelmed by the challenge ahead is entirely appropriate.
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” This is exactly what we are seeing embodied in today’s bold corporate leaders: fears overridden by the conviction and the commitment to change. With courage as their engine and science as their compass, sustainability leaders see in today’s urgency the greatest opportunity for their businesses to have a positive impact on the world.
It’s the kind of urgency that activates diverse teams around a single purpose. It disrupts business-as-usual and creates entirely new business models. Sustainability leaders have the courage to set ambitious goals — even when reaching them will require innovations they haven’t even imagined yet. This is the mission of Quantis — to co-create these solutions for a sustainable future.
Sustainability managers understand the need to transform their business, yet many have no idea how…yet. When courageous companies ask us to guide them in their sustainability strategy, we take them through the these three strategic phases:
WEBINAR: Ready > Set > Go Beyond!
Three strategic phases of a science-aligned corporate sustainability journey
We’re starting off 2019 with a webinar series to take you through these three strategic phases and get your business 2030-ready. Packed with insights, best practices and tools from Quantis and partners IKEA, WRI, WWF, and CPD, this series will be useful for you no matter where you are on your sustainability journey.
1> READY your metrics for business resilience
Companies just starting out on their sustainability journey need to understand their full corporate footprint and articulate the business case for a climate strategy.
2> SET goals aligned with science + build your climate action plan
Credible sustainability leaders are setting ambitious science-based targets aligned with a 1.5°C scenario global warming cap. And it’s transforming their businesses.
3> GO BEYOND carbon to include planetary boundaries and context-based goals
To build a truly sustainable future, businesses must look beyond carbon to their impact on planetary boundaries in areas of water, biodiversity, land use change and more.
You’re invited to become a sustainability leader in 2019. It doesn’t matter how far along the sustainability journey you are today; it matters that you have bold, science-aligned 2030 goals. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know how you’re going to get there; it matters that you have the courage and tenacity to lead your team through the myriad of decisions ahead. Let’s talk about building a robust, science-aligned corporate sustainability plan for your company. Promise — these goals will outlast your new year’s resolutions.
Let’s journey together.
Ready for a deep dive? Sign up for our webinar series exploring each strategic phase of building an environmental strategy with Quantis partners WRI, IKEA, WWF, and CDP.
Can’t wait? If you want your 2030-readiness plan to start ASAP, contact Senior Sustainability Consultant and our resident climate strategy expert Charlotte Bande.
* The 2018 World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report lists these five environmental risks high both in likelihood and impact: extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse, and man-made environmental disasters.