The Race to Zero retail campaign is backed by the United Nations and was launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, in November 2021.
The campaign “calls on retailers everywhere to take ambitious climate actions noting that less than 5% of large retailers globally have made a commitment to address climate change.
The retail sector plays a unique role in the community, with the potential to drive meaningful change in our transition to the low-carbon economy of the future, and an ability to influence consumers and suppliers in the shift towards more sustainable production and consumption. The Race to Zero campaign also enables retailers around the world to take a co-ordinated approach to addressing climate change.
To join the campaign, retailers need to:
- Pledge at head-of-organisation level to reach net-zero on Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions as soon as possible
- Within 12 months of joining, set an interim target that represents a 50% reduction of your fair share by 2030
- Take immediate, meaningful action within 12 months of joining
- Report progress annually by publishing performance against your targets on a public platform
|Once you’ve decided to join the campaign, you can register your commitment through one of the Race to Zero partner initiatives, including:
To raise awareness of the types of actions retailers could take towards net-zero emissions, and support our sector on this transition, we’re delighted to confirm that the ARA has joined the Race to Zero Accelerator Pledge.