1. Sustainable office
Our planet is being pushed to its limits. We are consuming resources at a rate that is unsustainable, and this is leading to effects such as climate change, pollution, and the loss of wildlife and wild places.
The good news is we can all play our part to stop this – at home and at work. This guide helps organisations to consider their environmental footprint and make positive changes to become more sustainable.
It covers 11 key topics: energy, water, waste, travel, procurement, plastic, paper and printing, meetings and events, biodiversity, sustainable finance, and giving back.
2. Walking the talk: our policies
We try to lead by example, “walking the talk” and practising what we’re preaching to others. As a result, we are often asked for copies of our policies so organisations can implement similar advice and guidance.
You can download 5 of our policies (we update them every year following the latest external and internal scientific advice).
- Environmental procurement policy
- Meetings and events catering policy
- Paper, timber and print purchasing policy
- Sustainable travel policy
- Single-use plastic policy
3. Our films
Created by the Emmy® Award-winning Silverback Films and WWF, Our Planet: Too Big To Fail and Our Planet: Our Business have been produced specifically for a business audience and can be used to engage colleagues on what climate change and nature loss mean to your business.
The films show what is at stake from a changing planet and provide inspiration on how any business, of any size, can get involved in the solutions.
4. Reducing your impact
Tackling the climate and nature crisis needs everyone to be on board, including businesses, who have a critical role to play in the fight for your world.
The private sector can drive the change we need today at the scale and pace an emergency demands, and a growing number of companies are demonstrating that it’s possible to use their business to make a positive contribution to society and our environment. Are you one of them?
If so, we're here to help you on the most crucial parts of your journey towards sustainability, from emission reporting to setting up SBTs to greening your pensions...find below all the tools you need for a more sustainable business.
Businesses are critical in the fight against climate change as they are the source of most of the world’s emissions. That’s why emission reporting is so important; it will shed light on where our biggest impacts are and where we need to focus our attention. We cannot realistically tackle the problem if we don’t know the full extent of it.
We know this process can be confusing and time-consuming, so we want to help streamline it for you. We have created an emissions reporting guide to help you understand what to do and empower you to take action.
HOW TO GREEN YOUR PENSIONS?
Only 10% of companies that want to be sustainable have had a look at their pensions; have you? With trillions invested in UK pensions, there is a huge opportunity to power a sustainable future. Aligning our pensions to our values helps us invest in the healthy world we want to retire into and our children to grow up in. That's why WWF works closely with campaign group Make My Money Matter, fighting for a world where we all know where our money goes, and where we can demand it’s invested to build a better future.
Businesses are the necessary heroes of this transformation. Ask your employer or your pension provider directly now where your money is invested and make your workplace more sustainable.
SCIENCE BASED TARGETS (SBTs)
WWF is a founding partner of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a coalition established in 2015 with CDP, the United Nations Global Compact and the World Resources Institute. The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.
Science-based Targets (SBTs) help companies to align their strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement, in order to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy and limit the devastating impacts of climate change.
Setting SBTs is not only good for the planet, but also for your business.
THE ROAD TO NET ZERO: WHAT ABOUT TRANSITION PLANS?
The UK government announced at COP26 (November 2021) that it is creating the world’s first Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre and will be asking financial institutions and listed companies to publish mandatory transition plans.
The announcement includes mandatory legislation, setting out gold standard transition plans in line with 1.5°C Paris goals, and expecting companies to be reporting on their plans in 2023.