Perspectives

Goal 13 Impact Platform

How companies are managing the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and valuable future

The Goal 13 Impact Platform is the result of a partnership between Deloitte, the CBI, Chapter Zero, A4S, Dell and the Met Office which aims to stimulate cross-sector collaboration by providing pragmatic and transparent information about the most impactful climate related initiatives in place, highlighting significant gaps in progress, and encouraging more ambitious commitments and action. It is an international, free and open repository of climate commitments, actions, approaches to organisation, learnings and barriers, all based on interviews with organisation leaders. The platform publishes company insights, inspiring further climate commitments and action, and facilitating collaboration.

The partners have undertaken research globally with c.250 companies to date (April 2021), with respondents including strategy, sustainability, finance, and procurement leaders, executives, and board directors. Interviews have captured company-specific insights into climate commitments, the organisation of climate programmes, the most impactful initiatives, their climate and commercial impact, barriers to progress and lessons learned. The main benefits for businesses taking part will be to amplify their own progress, galvanise their sector and business partners, and have access to a compelling set of insights and collaboration opportunities. The Goal 13 Impact Platform will serve as a powerful channel to ‘matchmake’ organisations, who are working on similar initiatives and challenges, so that we can accelerate progress through cross-sector collaborations. As such, we are engaging organisations of all sizes and sectors, and we intend to share the findings both through the platform and at partner events. The platform website has been launched and is being updated regularly as more companies contribute. A demo of the platform is also available.

EVENTS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Watch recordings of past events and webinars we have attended or hosted together with our founding partners

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March 25, 2021
WEF Climate Governance Initiative

Global Summit: Accelerating corporate climate action

Hear from business leaders on how they are tackling climate change, and how the Goal 13 Impact Platform will facilitate learning and collaboration between companies as they address the climate crisis.

Panel: Dell Technologies; Reckitt; Brambles; Scania; JBS; Petronas Chemicals

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March 24, 2021
Winmark - CSO Network

Setting sustainability targets and organising to deliver

The session focuses on the climate targets and commitments organisations are making and how they are organising to successfully execute against those commitments.

Panel: ABN AMRO; MasterCard; BT; John Lewis; Deloitte

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March 11, 2021
The Deloitte Academy

Accelerating corporate climate action

Learn about how climate change is impacting corporate priorities; approaches to capital allocation and the initiatives companies are running to drive a net zero transformation within their organizations.

Panel: Delphis Eco Limited; Innocent Drinks; Lendlease; NetWest Group plc; Deloitte

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February 17, 2021
ICC & CBI

What does COP26 mean for business?

The webinar covers how business and industry can help influence the outcome of COP26 for this year and climate change more broadly.

Panel: CBI; International Chamber of Commerce; Deloitte; Tortoise Media;

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February 3, 2021
Climate Governance Malaysia/Deloitte

Goal 13 IP Malaysia launch

The Goal 13 Impact Platform has been set up to facilitate learning and collaboration between companies as they address the climate crisis.

Panel: COP26 Regional Ambassador; Ricoh; Lendlease; Deloitte UK; Addleshaw Goddard; Tata Group; Deloitte Malaysia; Arup

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January 27, 2021
APS Bank - Malta Sustainability Forum

Transition to a carbon neutral economy

The panel discussed how businesses can face the urgent challenge of Europe becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, to help build a better future for all.

Panel: KESK; Emitwise; Toly Products; Debono Group; Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry; Deloitte

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November 20, 2020
The Climate Registry

The Path to Net Zero and COP26

A diverse panel of climate leaders share their perspectives on efforts to bolster and track net-zero commitments leading up to COP26.

Panel: Deloitte; Chiesi Group; UNFCCC; The Climate Registry

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November 8, 2020
The Good Business Festival

Pathway out of the climate emergency

Hear about the latest climate science and what it means for businesses, with the dual challenge of transitioning to a low carbon economy, whilst also adapting to the physical impacts of climate change.

Panel: Deloitte; Met Office

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September 17, 2020
CBI

Achieving net zero

Learn about how the Goal 13 Impact Platform project is setting out to help businesses achieve a net-zero future by hearing from partners and companies already involved

Panel: CBI; Deloitte; A4S; Chapter Zero; and the Met Office

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Emerging findings report

A report was released in late 2020 covering emerging insights from the research undertaken with the first 100 companies.

Goal 13 Impact Platform: emerging findings

Key findings from the report

  • Commitments are becoming more ambitious, but more is needed to increase their scale and scope. The net-zero commitments are typically more recent, longer-term, and represent bolder ambition than the absolute carbon reduction targets. However, only approximately half of the headline carbon reduction targets appear to be science-based targets, and more than half of the companies define their targets within a limited boundary.
  • Companies are feeling pressure from all stakeholders. More than half of respondents talk about broader societal shifts or implications for brand and reputation as drivers for change, reflecting the growing expectation for companies to be credible players in the climate transition. Customers are seen as the strongest influence across both B2B and B2C companies. Consumers are expecting brands to offer climate-friendly products and services as their own consumption behaviours change, and business customers are looking to decarbonise their own supply chains due to regulation or pressure from stakeholders.
  • In many cases the climate programmes remain siloed, although many are working to embed programmes better across the business. The report identifies four stages of programme maturity, on the basis of four factors: the positioning of the agenda in the organisation, the scope of action across mitigation and adaptation, who is involved and the level of coordination, and management between different climate related activities. The largest concentration of companies is at the earlier stages of maturity.
  • Companies are primarily focusing on their operations, but supplier and customer engagement is increasingly important. A significant proportion (c.45%) of initiatives mentioned by respondents impact their own operations, such as energy efficiency in buildings and production, fleet efficiency and waste reduction. However, there is growing recognition of opportunities to market and monetise low-carbon products and services, with c.40% of initiatives impacting customer or consumer-facing activity. There is also recognition of the need to focus on closer engagement with suppliers. However, significant barriers remain to implementing these initiatives, including supply chain fragmentation and issues with data transparency and consistency.
  • Unclear policy roadmaps, industry structures and other barriers are inhibiting progress. The most frequently cited external barrier is an uncertain policy and regulatory environment. This leads to concerns around, for example, who will pay for the significant costs of upgrading assets to meet new regulations, and the future cost scenarios for different types of energy. Coherent policy across jurisdictions is also an issue for those with significant international footprints. Industry structure often creates challenges, and there are concerns about the differences between geographic markets, a lack of shared responsibility up and down the value chain, a lack of consistency in defining scopes and measuring across companies, and reliance on markets or sectors that are still nascent. 
  • Progress is reliant on extensive collaboration, both internally and across the value chain. The importance of collaboration across the supply chain, and with policy makers, customers and peers, cannot be overstated. This has proven to be invaluable for sharing learning, developing joint projects and propositions, innovating existing and nascent technologies (e.g. in hydrogen, EVs), and adapting existing technologies for climate actions.
  • Progress is clearly underway, but more is required to trigger systemic change. Momentum is building to deliver large-scale climate action and there is a real sense of optimism. However, delivering on the Paris Agreement will require more ambitious company commitments and action. Moving up the maturity curve requires companies to build capabilities in areas including data and technology to baseline their carbon footprint and prioritise areas of focus, scenario modelling to determine the unique risks and opportunities for their business, new product development & innovation, as well as employee training, KPIs and remuneration structures to cascade skills and responsibility throughout the organisation.

Next steps

Get involved

Regardless of where companies are in their climate journey, we are interested in speaking to them. If you are a company who would like to get involved, or you would like to involve your clients, please contact the Goal 13 Impact Platform team at: Goal13ImpactPlatform@deloitte.co.uk.

Authors and key contacts

Sam Baker
sambaker@deloitte.co.uk
Veronica Poole
vepoole@deloitte.co.uk
Viv Raval
vivraval@deloitte.co.uk

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