Moving from pledges to implementation: a guide for corporate just transition action

Published on October 31, 2023
Oleksandra Plyska, Brendan Curran

The close collaboration of businesses, policymakers and workers is critical to ensure the implementation of just transition strategies that address the social and economic impacts of decarbonisation. In turn, such collaboration can have tangible benefits for workers, businesses and communities impacted by the transition to a low-carbon economy. This brief builds on existing work from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Grantham Research Institute, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) and the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. It provides recommendations to businesses on how to implement a just transition and monitor progress, and is structured around three key messages:

  1. Businesses, policymakers and workers should collaborate to identify and implement effective regulations and incentives to build capacity and overcome barriers to a just transition.
  2. Just transition considerations are increasingly integrated into disclosure requirements and businesses that enact just transition policies now will be able to deal with climate and social impacts more effectively in the future.
  3. Businesses should use existing just transition tracking progress methodologies and tools to improve their level of readiness and to anticipate and plan for changes over time.

The report was written by the following authors: Joachim Roth and Ting-Shao Wei (World Benchmarking Alliance), Alexandra Rogan (Council for Inclusive Capitalism), Oleksandra Plyska and Brendan Curran (Grantham Research Institute, LSE), Mette Grangaard Lund (ILO) and Sangji Lee (UNDP).

World Benchmarking Alliance [WBA] (2023) Moving from pledges to implementation: a guide for corporate just transition action. Amsterdam.