Knowing your company is doing enough

The Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) will provide guidance on target-setting for companies and cities. The guidance is being developed by leading NGOs, and is grounded in the best available science. It is anchored in what science tells us is necessary to do "enough" to stay within planetary boundaries. By setting targets through the SBTN, you can be confident of doing enough to reduce your impacts on the Earth's natural systems, informed by a broad NGO and scientific community.

We take our responsibility for our products and the supply chain behind them seriously. For us that means understanding the science not only behind those impacts, but behind the limits we must all learn to operate within."

Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars

WRI and Mars Incorporated partnered in an exploratory study to establish a scientific foundation for targets for the company’s GHG, land, and water impacts. Rather than create definitive methodologies, the goal was to share insights on how it could be done. Mainstreaming the use of science to anchor corporate environmental targets holds the promise of catalyzing collective action on the scale needed to address some of the world’s most critical development challenges. Through the work, they discovered that though it is challenging to set SBTs beyond climate given existing scientific knowledge, it is possible.

Driving innovation

Companies that commit to working within planetary boundaries are better prepared to lead in a green economy. They can have more focused and practical discussions about green investments, innovate transformative solutions and create new products and services.

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drive innovation, according to the SBTi

Meeting stakeholder expectations now and in the future

Setting ambitious targets using an approach backed by a broad scientific and NGO community adds credibility to your target-setting. It strengthens your company’s reputation and demonstrates leadership to your investors, employees, consumers, and other stakeholders.

Food and Beverage company Alpro worked with WWF-Netherlands and Metabolic to develop and test methods for assessing their impacts and developing science-based targets around biodiversity loss, land-systems change, biogeochemical flows, and freshwater use.

How could we make sure our own products are not exceeding the planet’s capacity in terms of impacts such as water, land use, biodiversity? We needed a new way of thinking that went beyond measuring impact and reduction targets based on efficiency or feasibility. We wanted targets that are safe and fair for the planet."

Greet Vanderheyden, Senior Sustainable Development Manager, Alpro

Improving profitability, efficiencies and competitiveness

Just as for climate, setting ambitious targets now for other natural systems ensures a lean, efficient, and durable company in a future where resources will become increasingly more expensive. Rising prices of raw materials can mean the difference between profit and loss.

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