A letter from your future customer
Dear Business Leaders,
This is a profit warning. When we grow up, we won’t eat food that destroys forests.
We won’t wear clothes that are not grown responsibly. We won’t ride in cars that pollute the planet.
We will only buy products or services from businesses that put nature first.
Because without nature, we cannot restore balance to the climate.
Businesses have a critical role in responding to and mitigating climate change.
We cannot meet the goals of the Paris Agreement without nature. But changing a business and incorporating nature-based solutions is not easy. How can your company find a way to incorporate nature-positive thinking into everything from strategies to supply chains, from sourcing to sales channels?
Where to start and what to do:
There are many initiatives and organizations that can help.
Here are 3 immediate things to consider:
Register your interest for the Science-Based Targets Network
Advocate for policies that encourage nature-based solutions
Amplify nature's voice
Opinion: Redefining corporate missions by Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE
The long-held belief that the sole purpose of a company is to increase shareholder wealth has grown stale. A growing number of businesses are beginning to redefine their corporate mission to deliver much broader benefits for customers, employees, communities and society at large.
Who is your ‘future customer’?
Today’s Generation Z are your customers of tomorrow. And research shows that they have a clear intent to exercise climate-based purchasing power en masse, making point-of-purchase decisions based on the transparency and credibility of a brand or business’s sustainability strategy.
“The activism of GenZ consumers puts them in a unique position to effect actual change at the business level in ways previous generations weren’t” — Neilsen Sustainable Consumer report
“Studies show that GenZ is shaping up to have unparalleled buying power in the vicinity of $150 billion. It’s time we wake up and start paying attention to a generation that is unlike any of its predecessors” — Forbes