Introducing the Climate Justice Playbook for Business
The B Corp Climate Collective works to advance its commitment to center climate action in Climate Justice
The Climate Justice Playbook for Business V1.0 was developed by B Lab, the COP26 Climate Champions Team, Provoc, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford. It is a practical guide that will help business leaders understand the intersection of climate action and social justice and advance a justice-centered approach to climate action.
As the B Corp Climate Collective works to advance its commitment to center climate action in Climate Justice, and to equip our member businesses on this journey, we are pleased to release a new resource: The Climate Justice Playbook for Business: How to centre climate action in Climate Justice.
This Playbook provides insights, guidance, and case studies of companies that are seeking to advance climate justice in their operations, supply chains, and in the communities they impact. As demands for systems change continue to build, this Playbook calls on the global business community to make a fundamental shift in mindset and behavior, to evolve from extractive and exploitative to regenerative and equity-driven — putting those who are most impacted by climate change at the forefront of driving solutions.
This practical guide will help business leaders understand the intersection of climate action and social justice, and advance a justice-centered approach to sustainability efforts in their own work. Through real-world examples, business-to-business advice, and human stories, this playbook shows just how essential it is to center the voices of those most affected if we are to make real progress on climate action.
5 Key Takeaways from the Climate Justice Playbook for Business
This is deep, challenging, personal work. We have to set aside conventional ways of thinking and doing to do this work well. The work is non-linear and hard, and must start from within each person. It’s not only a professional journey, but a personal one — rooted in mindfulness, humility and self-awareness.
People & equity must be at the center. Climate justice cannot be just a “lens:” people and justice must be at the center of all climate action and advocacy. We must listen to and take the lead from those most impacted who have been historically at the margins.
We must work together. We need more than businesses simply working alone on their own impact: it’s collaboration and collective voice, awareness, and action that will enable us to solve the climate crisis and create a just, equitable, regenerative future.
There’s no time like the present to get started. You’re not alone if you’re at the beginning of this journey. The Playbook includes stories and insights from businesses who at different points along this journey.
A fundamental mindset shift is essential. The global business community must evolve its thinking on climate action — from extractive and exploitative approaches that perpetuate a cycle of harm and injustice to equitable and regenerative ones, focused on creating sustained social and environmental well-being.