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Sustainability: Make a world of difference
“We have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there's still time for us to
address the challenges we've created, if we act now.” – Sir David Attenborough
This isn’t just about saving the planet; it’s about saving ourselves. We are in a crisis and it isn’t being
solved quickly enough. There is no “them”. It is up to “us”. And we must take action immediately.
The CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, challenged businesses across the world to
make a positive contribution to the environment and to society while The Bank of England has
warned climate change could have a "catastrophic impact" on the global financial system. Last
month, students across the country took to the streets to demand that we do more.
From children, to CEOs, there is a strong call for change – but we need to transform talk into action.
Governments are not taking action quickly enough. If global temperatures rise above 1.5°C, 97% of
scientists agree humanity will face untold damage to our health, our prosperity, and our planet.
We’re currently on a path toward 3-4°C of warming.
Your organisation can’t afford to sit back and watch for any longer.
The science is plain to see
97% of scientists believe we are the cause of climate change. In 20 years of climate science, less than
0.2% of peer-reviewed articles rejected the idea of global warming. This great website tells the story
of scientists who work tirelessly to explain how we are endangering ourselves and the world we live
in. They say we’re set to miss the 2030 climate target which would allow us to minimise the damage
that is set to occur.
Yes the climate has changed before. But it’s obvious temperatures are getting hotter at a faster rate,
and fluctuating more, than ever before because of human actions. Unless we do something now, the
speed at which we have changed the world creates a future of hardship and uncertainty.
Business must lead the charge
Businesses are in a the best position to take the reins and tackle climate change. With lack of
governmental action, our businesses must take responsibility for our own negative impacts. A smart
and future-proofed business leaves a positive impact on every customer, employee, and their supply
chain. As well as benefits to the world, this brings huge benefits to businesses. The fact is we live in a
world where people are increasingly conscious of the impact their spending has. After watching Blue
Planet II (the most 2017 UK show with 14 million viewers), everyone around me became more aware
of the plastic they consume and started a plastic revolution. Whether it’s about carbon, waste or
water, consumers are beginning to care about who they give their money to. Those same people
also care about where they work.
Businesses with strong sustainability policies have higher retention rates than those that don’t, and
the next generation of talent increasingly cares about the social and environmental impact of their
employer. Though change takes time, action provides benefits from day one. Energy efficient
businesses can reduce bills and save carbon immediately, build a profitable brand based on purpose
and environment-conscious workplaces can create sharper, happier and more productive
employees. It’s no wonder that over 150 of the largest corporations in the world have committed to
running on 100% renewable power.
Make a commitment to cut carbon today
You can’t change what you can’t measure. There are many organisations and methods you can
choose to help you. At The Planet Mark, we have created a simple way to calculate the carbon
footprint of any organisation and we give them advice on how to reduce their emissions every year.
Businesses that work with us make real change, by reducing an average of 12% carbon emissions per
employee. We’ve certified the progress made in reducing carbon footprints of over 400+
organisations and they wear The Planet Mark with pride; a symbol of progress. We also help
organisations engage their stakeholders and communicate their success so that we can all begin to
take the journey toward a sustainable future.
You can even choose to manage your carbon yourself with the help of our free materials. We see a
world where we all contribute to a thriving planet and are a collective force for good. Join us by
making a commitment to tackle climate change today, not tomorrow, but today.
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