The Science Based Targets initiative champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy.

It is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

The initiative:

  • Showcases companies that set science-based targets through case studies, events and media to highlight the increased innovation, reduced regulatory uncertainty, strengthened investor confidence and improved profitability and competitiveness generated by science-based target setting.
  • Defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting with the support of a Technical Advisory Group
  • Offers resources, workshops and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption
  • Independently assesses and approves companies’ targets

Institutionalising science-based targets

The initiative’s overall aim is that by 2020, science-based target setting will become standard business practice and corporations will play a major role in driving down global greenhouse gas emissions. Embedding science-based targets as a fundamental component of sustainability management practices is crucial in achieving this.

Science-based target setting is already becoming part of the yearly reporting practice of companies and the data infrastructure for institutional investors through incorporation in the CDP questionnaire and scoring.

The Science Based Targets initiative supports the integration of science-based target setting into existing climate leadership platforms including UN Caring for Climate, WWF Climate Savers and others. Science-based targets are included in CAIT climate data.

 

About the partners

The Science Based Targets initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition initiatives.

CDP

CDP is an international not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital environmental information. These insights enable investors, companies, and governments to mitigate risks from the use of energy and natural resources, and to identify opportunities from taking a responsible approach to the environment. (www.cdp.net)

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The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. (www.unglobalcompact.org)

wri

WRI focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. We go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people’s lives.(www.wri.org)

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WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. (wwf.panda.org)

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