Enshrining sustainability within your organisation’s culture and addressing it in all your policies and decision making are essential.
To do this, you’ll need to consider what the core mission of your business is and the values that underpin it. Then, you need to think about how that shapes your product, your interaction with your market and the way you manage your environment.
You’ll also need to empower your employees to drive carbon reduction within their roles. To do this, they need to understand why it’s important – providing carbon literacy training is a good way of supporting this. They might also need to be trained in the new, low carbon ways of delivering your business. Finally, encourage them to contribute ideas on how to achieve your targets – their insights could be valuable and their involvement in the planning will help ensure they’re onboard.
To limit global warming to safe levels we need “radical and far-reaching transitions”. This is the time for ambitious carbon reduction targets.
The UK government’s target is to achieve net zero by 2050. Many businesses are targeting much earlier dates, and some believe they are there already. Some even have “climate positive” targets.
You could do the same. You could either determine what reduction is achievable and use that as the target, or set a future target and work backwards to plan how to achieve it. The first approach will be more deliverable, but the second might push you to be more radical and ambitious.