Net Zero Business Transformation
Achieving a zero-carbon economy is one of the most significant challenges of our time, and it is more clear than ever that businesses must fundamentally transform if they are to decarbonise. It is an immense challenge, as it requires structural change throughout the organisation. But businesses that do not transform will be left behind. In order to meet stakeholder needs, maintain competitive advantage, and limit the most devastating impacts of climate change, business-as-usual will become a thing of the past, and organisations will need to adapt for the future.
To support net zero transformation in the UK business community, the UN Global Compact Network UK is partnering with 103 Ventures to deliver a new course-style webinar series to give CSOs, sustainability leaders, and their teams the practical tools and knowledge they need to implement meaningful change within their companies. This series will outline a step-by-step approach to the transformation process, highlighting best practices along the way. Upon completion of this series, participants will understand:
- Why companies can’t continue with ‘business as usual’ if they are to achieve net zero.
- How the net zero transformation can be structured within the business using existing frameworks, as well as the breadth, scale, and time required to achieve their goals.
- What other leading companies are doing to change their business models and internalise net zero.
- Clear next steps relating to their business and individual actions they can take to prompt key conversations, shift business strategy, and implement fundamental change throughout their organisation.
Each webinar in the 7-part series will help your business take its net zero ambitions to the next level, building on material in the previous session and encouraging you to complete ‘homework’ to complement the learning journey.
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The Case for Transformation
11 April, 10:00-11:30 BST
This first session will introduce: the concept of ‘net zero transformation’, the critical reasons that businesses should wholeheartedly embrace transforming vs. transitioning, and what companies can hope to achieve with this webinar series. It will also highlight the need for companies to reflect on their own values, people, and processes to determine what action needs to be taken to ready the organisation for transformation.
Decoupling Emissions From Growth
25 April, 10:00-11:30 BST
The second session will outline our existing societal concepts of ‘growth’, and how these can be shifted to allow for sustainable operations that do not imply increased emissions. It will also highlight businesses that have alternative business/growth models, and products and/or services that are emission-free.
Setting a Transformative Agenda
9 May, 10:00-11:30 BST
The third session in the series will establish the process of designing a roadmap for transformation and embedding net zero into the organisation’s purpose and across all operations. It will explore strategies for managing transformational change and outline the critical stakeholders that must be involved for success.
23 May, 10:00-11:30 BST
The fourth webinar in the series will highlight the need for pre-requisite understanding of the intricacies of the current net zero landscape, both within the business and the wider business community, in order to prepare for a net zero transformation. This session will explore baselines and materiality assessments, science-based targets, sustainability strategy stocktakes, transformational gap analyses, risk modelling, and more.
Developing the Right Conditions: People
6 June, 10:00-11:30 BST
The fifth webinar in the series is the first of two sessions focused on developing the right conditions for transformational change. This session will centre around people, and how to ensure key internal stakeholders are engaged to enable the required change. It will explore what good governance looks like, how to get Board buy-in, employee training, and more.
Developing the Right Conditions: Systems and Processes
20 June, 10:00-11:30 BST
The sixth session builds on the previous webinar on developing the right conditions for transformational change, but this time with a focus on systems and processes. This session aims to highlight the possibilities in this space, looking at innovation and alternative ways of doing business, as well as how this can be integrated into the organisation. It will explore themes like the circular economy, green technology, and nature-based solutions.
Enabling the Change
4 July, 10:00-11:30 BST
The final webinar in the series will examine two key levers for implementing transformational change both within the company and wider society – finance and advocacy. It will focus on the importance of supportive conditions for net zero, and how those can be achieved. Finally, it will outline next steps companies can take to utilise the learnings from the webinar series and ensure their net zero transformation journey continues.
Get up to speed before the sessions! Browse the resources below:
- Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Net Zero Business Transformation Report.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023
- Stockholm Resilience Centre’s Planetary Boundaries
For questions about the series, please contact Alexandra Ranft, Senior Project Manager, Environment team.