SIA’s ClimateUnited Lab

Welcome to SIA’s ClimateUnited Lab, with all the resources and tools you need to tackle your climate plan as outlined in the 1.5C Business Playbook.

We’ll guide you with the ClimateUnited Academy a series of short masterclass videos – conversations with experts within our industry to help guide you along your journey to climate leadership.

In addition, we’ll provide a set of valuable tools, essential reading, nonprofit organizations doing the best work on climate, business partners a list of preferred specialists that can provide additional expertise.

The 1.5C Business Playbook


Here is your download to the 1.5C Business Playbook – the roadmap that we’re using to help you focus and accelerate your climate progress.  This Playbook is developed for companies and organisations of all sizes that want to align with the 1.5°C and net-zero ambition. It contains solid guidelines for companies of all sizes to set targets, strategy and actions. It set a very focused four-pillar climate stratey, based on simplicity and speed and is grounded in the latest science.

The 1.5C Business Playbook is compatible with existing standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG),5 and aligned with the UNFCCC Race to Net-Zero starting line criteria,8 Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi),6 CDP,7 Mission Innovation’s Net-Zero Compatible Innovations Initiative9 and the Chambers Climate Coalition.25

SIA's ClimateUnited Academy

SIA’s ClimateUnited Academy is a masterclass library of short videos, by industry peers, to help you tackle every aspect of your climate action plan, aligned with the 1.5C Business Playbook. These short conversations with industry colleagues will provide actionable insights to help you execute your climate action plan and guide you along your journey to climate leadership.

From helping you measure and reduce your emissions and better understand the clean energy landscape to learning more about being an effective advocate for climate policy, we have you covered.

Videos will be added monthly based on member feedback so if you want more information on a topic that’s not here yet, please let us know at [email protected]

Introduction


Before you get started, please watch these short conversations introducing you to the ClimateUnited Platform and covering other important topics that will help you begin your journey to climate leadership.

Retailers have unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to climate action. Where is a retailer's biggest lever and their greatest opportunities for impact? Coming soon.

Measuring & Reducing Your Own Emissions


To be aligned with science, the minimum requirement is to halve your emissions at least every ten years to get to zero-carbon emissions before 2050. Here are some conversations to help you tackle this challenge.

So we’ve talked about the why, we know the time is now, and you’ve laid some groundwork, but we can’t improve upon what we don’t measure. It’s time to quantify. What’s your carbon footprint? What’s the difference between Scope 1, 2, and 3? What’s required to undertake a carbon assessment, and is your team ready? Here are some valuable tips from ClimateNeutral's Austin Whitman

Carbon offisets can be an effective tactic for every business on their way to achieveing net-zero emissions. Offsets are complicated so it's important that every business understand the entire landscape before implementing them.. Listen to this conversation with Matthew Banks of Guidehouse to learn more about carbon offsets; what they are and how best to implement them in your climate action plan.

Renewable energy procurement has to be part of every climate action plan. But with so many options, where do you start? Watch this conversation with Greg Simmons, Director of Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure Consulting at Guidehouse to give you the 1010 on renewable energy procurement strategies for every business of any size.

Reducing Your Value Chain Emissions


Once you know where your emissions are, you can then reduce and replace with clean energy. Here are some conversations with industry peers that are leading their businesses in reductions strategies and clean energy.

Integrating Climate Change Into Your Business Strategy


Is your company a climate-first company? Becoming a climate leader means using your company as a force for good. Are you aligning your climate values with your business mission? How are you educating your employees and board?  Do your financial investments, R&D and product portfolio reflect this? Is your marketing mobilizing your customers? Here is some information to help you get there.  

Today’s winter outdoor industry consumers are asking what brands are doing in the areas of sustainability and climate change. What you share and the tone you use can go a long way toward establishing authenticity and credibility. Salomon learned this in recent years as it began to weave sustainability topics into more of its consumer-facing brand stories via creative content, athletes and product development. Here are some valuable insights from Salomon's Tim Sweeney.

How do we really define corporate leadership on climate? If we’re going to address the climate crisis with the speed and scale necessary, it’s imperative that every business expand their vision, looking beyond simply reducing emissions as quickly as possible, but also towards mobilizing our full set of resources, our scale and influence, harnessing the passion of our employees and our communities to drive the real progress we need. This broad approach to climate action is within the grasp of every company in our industry. It’s how we’ll make our greatest contribution to the crisis, and it’s the focus of ClimateUnited.

Addressing climate change is certainly an imperative, and it also pays off with business benefits. For those of us in the winter outdoor industry, the stakes are high, yet businesses that have made the commitment drive positive change, while increasing customer loyalty and brand value. Watch this valuable conversation with Burton's Jenn Swain, Devin O'Neill from Askov-Finlayson and Matt Banks with Guidehouse Consulting.

As climate change threatens every aspect of our society, the importance of equity becomes more and more critical. Climate change poses the greatest threat to those least responsible for it, including low-income and disadvantaged populations. And as we transition to a net-zero economy, it’s critical that we do in a way that shares the opportunities and benefits that climate action presents with every sector of our population. As we build back better, let’s discuss why it’s important for companies to build their climate action plans with equity as a key component, and how putting people at the center of climate action is what meaningful climate action really looks like.

Since the Paris climate change agreement in 2015, the largest American banks have provided almost $1 trillion in financing for the fossil fuel companies most aggressively expanding oil and gas projects. If there is one very straight-forward thing that every individual and business should do right now, it is to review their investment and banking relationships to ensure that the money you invest isn't then used to fund the development of a fossil fuel-related projects. Listen to this insightful conversation with Patagonia's Charlie Bischoff about why this is such a priority for them, and of Patagonia's approach to invest responsibly to help solve climate change.

Empowetng nonprofits that are working on solutions every day is a critical element of every good climate action plan. 1% for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual memberships and everyday actions. Listen to this inspiring conversation with Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For The Planet on the importance of corporate philanthropy and how they've made it very easy for every company to make a real difference.

Influencing Climate Action In Society


Corporate and CEO voices on climate are powerful and critically important. Here are some resources to help you elevate your voice on local, national and international climate policy.

Tools: Measuring Emissions & Playbooks

Valuable Organizations

Below we’ve assembled a group of organizations to help you deliver on the four pillars outlined in the 1.5C Business Playbook. 

Business Partnerships

These business partnerships will help you become a better philanthropic, climate-first business.

Nonprofit Organizations

Recommended nonprofits to help you elevate your voice on climate policy. Please support them, they are doing the hard work every day.

Industry Case Studies

Many businesses in the winter outdoor industry have already taken bold steps to lead on climate – these case studies are a helpful resource to help you tackle some of the same challenges, accellerating our collective progress.

Essential Reading

Is your organization considering going “carbon neutral,” joining RE100, or at least setting renewable energy usage targets? To reach any of those goals, you’ll need to acquire energy attribute certificates, which are called “renewable energy certificates” – or RECs – in the United States. Since no one is born a REC expert, LevelTen Energy put together a comprehensive guide to RECs for energy procurement and sustainability managers who are exploring ways to reach their renewable energy goals.

Our Climate Change Commitment

Learn more about how SIA helps in the battle against climate change.

SIA's Climate Policy Agenda