April 2, 2024

Starting Your Journey to Net-Zero: How Businesses Can Drive Climate Action

With climate action taking center stage in today's world, it is essential that companies not only have a plan but also deliberately act toward sustainability goals. That’s why the Rocket team was excited to join our partners at the University of Colorado Boulder - Leeds School of Business to dive headfirst into their Climate Action for Business course. (Full disclosure: Rocket funds two Leeds scholarships for students of color pursuing a certificate in ESG.)
If you’re interested in gaining the knowledge and tools to inform and implement a complete climate strategy, this course is for you. It provides a tailored template for action that can be applied specifically to your company and industry and gain a deep understanding of the vocabulary, frameworks, and models essential for effective climate action.

The Takeaways

While the climate action landscape can feel complex and often daunting, we encourage every company, of every size, to start somewhere. We were particularly impressed with the depth and breadth covered by instructors with deep knowledge of the space: using interactive components to guide our journey from the science refresh to reporting to stakeholder engagement considerations. Check out our leading takeaways from the course—what we would suggest are the top need-to-knows for every social impact leader.

1.

To preserve a livable planet, we need to cut all emissions in half by 2030 AND be net-zero by 2050.

2.

As the largest emitters, businesses need to lead: Individual actions are necessary, but the only way to limit global warming to 1.5ºC (the limit set by world leaders to avert the worst impacts of climate change) is for the private sector to transition to net-zero emissions processes.

3.

WE CAN DO THIS: The business community has the blueprint for success, the problem is collective action. An analogy we loved was comparing climate action to healthy eating: we know what a healthy diet looks like, but not everyone chooses to follow it.

4.

You can be a first mover: Acting now can likely position you as a leader in your industry. Don’t be discouraged if your company hasn’t created a climate action plan yet. You’re not as late to the game as you think!
5.

The SEC may force businesses’ hands soon: The SEC is considering new climate disclosure rules that will improve and standardize climate-related reporting, making it mandatory rather than voluntary.
6.

Planting trees alone won’t solve the problem: Afforestation efforts make for a nice headline, but we can’t plant our way out of this situation. (We literally don’t have enough room on Earth.) Focusing on keeping carbon in the ground leads to a greater impact.
7.

Where to start your climate action planning: Determine organizational boundaries; gather data on your scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions; evaluate the sustainability plans of your partners, vendors, and suppliers (and if they don’t have one, look for one that does); acknowledge and commit to the operational changes that need to be made to reduce emissions.
8.
Make your environmental communication approachable: Ditch the jargon and talk to your stakeholders in words they can understand and act upon. Focus on solution-oriented messages, action, and leadership rather than complex data and fear-based messaging.
Click here to learn more about the Climate Action for Business course offered through The University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
The next class is May 16-17.
We'd love to chat! Drop us a line.
Drew Yukelson
Account Director
drew@rocketsocialimpact.com

X

LATEST THINKINGS POSTS

Food For Thought

Check out how these food and beverage brands leverage social impact to stand out in CPG.

Sector Savvy DEI

Discover how leading organizations are taking unique sector-specific approaches to drive equity across industries like CPG, Fashion, Creative Services, and more!

2024 Brand Crush List

Read on to discover some of our favorite impact-driven brands that may fly under the radar.

2024 Major Cause Awareness Dates

A social impact calendar helping you align with key moments in the year to cut through the noise and drive audience engagement for your social impact initiatives.

The New Age of Activism

Tips on leveraging advocacy work to advance mission, engage key audiences, and accelerate fundraising.

5 Ways to Raise Incremental Revenue

Five ways nonprofits can raise incremental revenue and provide more value to corporate partners.

Corporate Activism in Action

Five brands who have made activism a meaningful part of their social impact work to drive legislative change… with tips for how you can apply to your organization.

A Taste of Impact: Social Purpose Trends for QSRs

Emerging QSRs and established leaders in the space are integrating social purpose into their recipes for success. Here’s how you can too…

A New Era of CTA Campaigns

There’s a lot of pressure within our sector to create initiatives that drive seven figure partnerships, like the St. Jude’s of the world. But how can we do that in this new impact landscape?

Elevating the ESG Report

Expand the reach of your ESG reports by adapting them for the communication channels employees and consumers are actually accessing.

X

AND MORE CASE STUDIES...

Visible

Signature Program Strategy Development and Launch

No Kid Hungry

Corporate Engagement Asset Development + Execution

DonorsChoose

Corporate Engagement Asset Development + Execution

Focus Brands

Social Impact Program Development

EMAIL
info@rocketsocialimpact.com
MAILING ADDRESS
Rocket Social Impact LLC
50 Slough Road
Harvard, MA 01451
PHONE
Ph: (978) 790-6225
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

STAY IN
TOUCH.

LinkedIn
Twitter

Newsletter

EMAIL
info@rocketsocialimpact.com
MAILING ADDRESS
Rocket Social Impact LLC
50 Slough Road
Harvard, MA 01451
PHONE
Ph: (978) 790-6225
© 2023, Rocket Social Impact

All rights reserved. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.