Businesses, investors, academics, civil, and social representatives collaborate to develop resources to advance social equity while meeting environmental goals.
05 November 2021 New York – The Council for Inclusive Capitalism (Council) today shared the results of a months long initiative to help businesses ensure that the benefits of the energy transition are shared by workers, communities, and customers. The Just Energy Transition: A Framework for Company Action is part of a collaborative effort led by the Council, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and bp in consultation with the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to develop actionable guidance for companies to deliver an energy transition that advances social equity.
“There will be no energy transition unless it is just,” said Bernard Looney, CEO of bp. “We must ensure that workers and communities do not lose out as we strive to help our planet. We must take everyone with us. That is why developing this framework made sense to us at bp. We want a transition that ensures no one is left behind.”
This collaborative initiative is building a resource hub of best practices, case studies, research, and actions that companies can use to lead a swift energy transition that benefits all involved. The Just Energy Transition: A Framework for Company Action and an accompanying whitepaper are among the initial resources developed by the group. Explore the framework here.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and Managing Partner of Inclusive Capital Partners, said, “We all learn from experience, and it is the first movers who have the most to teach. The Framework and its building blocks for action for an inclusive transition to clean energy is applicable to all sectors, and the Council invites all companies to explore how they can do their part to be a uniquely powerful force in creating a more inclusive net-zero economy with the Framework.”
The Just Energy Transition: A Framework for Company Action has four core pillars that each have five areas for action to guide companies as they consider the social and economic impacts of their transition:
1. supporting universal access to energy and a net-zero emissions world,
2. evolving the energy workforce to support a low and zero carbon energy future,
3. building community resilience, and
4. fostering collaboration and transparency throughout the process.
The framework builds upon existing literature and was created in collaboration with partners Climate Action 100+ and the World Benchmarking Alliance developing just transition assessment methodologies used by investors so that markets can recognize
and reward those companies transitioning justly.
“Collaboration, transparency and leadership from the private sector will be critical to making a just transition to net-zero emissions,” said Rich Lesser, Global Chair of BCG.
“The framework and resource hub will help organizations start on their journey, learn from each other and ensure the transformation is respectful and beneficial to a broader set of stakeholders.”
With the release of Just Energy Transition: A Framework for Company Action, the Council invites all companies to make commitments to contribute to a just energy transition to be publicly documented on the Council’s platform of company actions. For the global energy transition to succeed, governments, investors, businesses, and civil society must act intentionally and collaboratively, and the release of this framework is a starting point intended to catalyze longer-term action. Companies participating in the initiative have already shared their commitments to deliver on social as well as environmental goals on their way to achieving net zero emissions.
As companies implement actions, understand their impact, and share what they have learned, the Council will continue to add and update the examples of how to implement the framework. Visit the resource hub here.
This initiative convened seven international energy and energy intensive companies— ACEN, Anglo American, bp, Eni, Reliance Industries, Repsol, and SSE—together with academic, investor, civil, and social representatives—BCG, CalPERS, the Grantham Research Institute, Inclusive Capital Partners, the International Trade Union Confederation, State Street, and the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance.
Meredith Sumpter, CEO of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism, noted, “In light of the latest IPCC report, the time to transition to a net-zero economy is now—but how we transition is as important as the environmental targets we set. These initial actions for an energy transition that advances and not impedes social equity are a starting point for the work that needs to be done. It will take the ideas and actions of business leaders and civil society along with private sector investment and government policy support to see the transition collectively benefit everyone. We invite companies, investors and governments to make use of the Framework to deliver a transition that is just.”