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Investors see a strong link between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance — so they’re using sustainability-related data as a rationale for investment decisions like never before.
Natural climate solutions (NCS) play a critical role in supporting the future of both climate and nature. Research conducted for this consultation report confirms estimates that NCS can provide one-third (close to 7 Gt CO2) of the climate mitigation to reach a 1.5- or 2-degree pathway by 2030—and at a lower cost than other forms of carbon dioxide removal. Deployed in the right way, NCS can also produce high co-benefits that accrue to nature and to communities. Building off the recommendations from the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, this report sets out six actions to accelerate the scale-up of high-quality NCS implementation and unlock markets through the combined efforts of business leaders, policymakers and civil society.
For the world to achieve a sustainable, equitable recovery, governments, businesses and civil society groups must come together. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic and societal crises offer a potential inflection point and can serve as catalysts for changing course—away from competition and towards cooperation. Accelerating progress on shared priorities, such as the distribution of vaccines and revitalization of economies, and on longer-standing challenges such as climate change and inequity, demands stakeholders working in greater coordination with one another. To identify a path toward greater multi-stakeholder collaboration, the World Economic Forum convened leaders from the public and private sectors for a series of virtual meetings in 2020. In its deliberations, the Global Action Group agreed upon this set of seven Shared Principles for Strengthening Global Cooperation to help guide stakeholders towards a strong future.
This report, co-authored with Boston Consulting Group, is the second in our series for the Net-Zero Challenge. It showcases the opportunity that all companies have for huge climate impact through action to decarbonize global supply chains.

Addressing supply-chain emissions enables many customer-facing companies to impact a volume of emissions several times higher than they could if they were to focus on decarbonizing their own direct operations and power consumption alone – and achieving a net-zero supply chain is possible with very limited additional costs. This report shows how.