Certified B Corporation companies from our local and national communities are mobilizing to take collective action on the climate emergency. Many B Corps are supporting the Global Climate Strike taking place this Friday, September 20th. On this day, millions of people will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.
B Corps have also formed the B Corp Climate Collective, a working group centered on learning & research, resource sharing, and collective action around the climate emergency.
Learn more about local, national and global actions, as well as more about the B Corp Climate Collective.
Local Actions on the Climate Emergency - Portland Climate Strike & Festival
In Portland, youth have been hard at work organizing local climate actions. They are looking to Portland to show up in a major way. They’re calling on us to help by showing up this Friday, September 20, by supporting the Portland climate strike, march & festival. It all starts at 10:30am at City Hall, and then everyone will march to OMSI together, to have a festival focused on resolution, solutions, engaging with organizations that can help and connecting with other like-minded people who care. Learn more at https://climatestrikeoregon.org/.
The festival is an especially great opportunity for B Corps to show up and discuss how triple bottom line business is a huge part of the global solution. This is a grassroots movement and there are a variety of ways you and/or your company can help. Be a part of this monumental, youth-led, environmental movement!
How can you take action and help with Portland's youth-led Climate Strike?
Check out & share the website, where you can find out more and register your own events throughout the week across Oregon.
Show up to be a sponsor at the festival. Current B Corps showing up for the Portland festival include Brew Dr. Kombucha, Patagonia, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Nossa Familia Coffee.
Get creative and contribute whatever you can to promote visibility for climate action, whether it’s ad space, a sign in the window, social media post—whatever! For example, Grapevine Outdoor (an aspiring B Corp and outdoor advertising company behind the B Corp Pop-Up Store at the Lloyd Center) has donated available billboard space to promote the climate strike.
National & Global Climate Action: B Corps Form the B Corp Climate Collective
B Corps have also formed the B Corp Climate Collective, a working group centered on collective action around the climate emergency. The group, which formed earlier this year, is putting together resources and toolkits for B Corp companies to track their carbon emissions and target net zero emissions, researching more sustainable packaging, and even looking into changing the B Impact Assessment to set a higher bar for Certified B Corporations when it comes to action on the climate emergency. B Corps can get involved by:
Take the B Corp Global Climate Action Survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCorpClimateSurvey
Sign up for updates on the SDG Action Manager, launching in January 2020, to track your performance on the climate-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Check out B Lab’s resources: the Climate Emergency Playbook (How to Declare a Climate Emergency) and How Businesses are Addressing Climate Change.
Support Global Climate Movement efforts. Learn more about how to get involved and take action with the B Corp Climate Strike Mobilization Toolkit. Show your support with this social media image toolkit courtesy of B Lab Canada and Manoverboard.
B Corp Companies Take a Stand on Climate
Looking for inspiration on how to take your company’s support to the next level? Several B Corps are showing leadership in climate action.
B Corp Retailers Patagonia & Ben & Jerry’s are closing their shop doors on Friday to support the Global Climate Strikes.
Ben & Jerry’s Climate Justice Support: https://www.benjerry.com/values/issues-we-care-about/climate-justice
Seventh Generation is donating its national airtime to the climate strikes for the week. Learn more about Seventh Generation support at: https://www.seventhgeneration.com/action/global-youth-climate-strike
Actions You & Your Business Can Take to Support the Climate
Ready to take action and support the climate? B Lab has put together this great resource for ideas: How Businesses are Addressing Climate Change and How to Declare a Climate Emergency. Here’s a quick list of other ways you can contribute:
Increase your energy commitment and purchasing to 100% renewable sources.
Track your carbon footprint and Scope 1-3 emissions. Set targets for reduction and a goal to become carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets.
Support public policy at the local, state and national level, from carbon pricing to bills on renewable energy and green jobs.
Put policies & systems in place to limit corporate travel.
Make purchasing and vendor decisions guided by carbon reduction, especially buying recycled and recyclable products.
Promote individual and workplace behaviors that focus on carbon reduction, such as plant-based vs. meat-heavy diets, and travel by modes other than those powered by fossil fuels.
About the Climate Emergency, from the B Corp Climate Collective
We are living in unprecedented times. Accelerating climate change and ecological breakdown pose an overwhelming challenge to all life on Earth. The scientific community has agreed that a 1.5°C increase in average global temperature is the ‘safe’ limit for our planet and its inhabitants; at the current trajectory, it is estimated we will reach this limit as early as 2030.
Based on science and our lived experience, it is clear there is a climate and ecological emergency—an existential threat to which we much respond immediately. It is also clear to us that the emergency is being driven by an economic system that rewards the single-minded pursuit of profit while untenably externalizing environmental and social costs. This results in decisions that are made that prioritize short term financial returns often at the expense of people, communities and the natural world on which all life depends. We believe it is imperative for business to demonstrate leadership in eliminating emissions and drawing down carbon beyond those few businesses and business coalitions that already are. In addition, we believe it is imperative to use the power of our collective voice to advocate for policy changes necessary to align incentives that will drive meaningful climate action as well as to address the primary root cause of this systemic failure: the failed doctrine and culture of shareholder primacy.
The B Corporation movement is about leadership. All B Corporations sign a Declaration of Interdependence stating these beliefs:
That we must be the change we seek in the world.
That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
All B Corporations make a legal commitment to conduct business with consideration for the environment and all stakeholders, not just shareholders. It's time for us to act boldly and urgently. Join us!