UK banking group NatWest recently announced it is encouraging small business customers to make a climate commitment and join the government’s Together for our Planet ‘business climate leaders’ campaign, which was launched by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business & Energy Secretary.
NatWest reported that as part of the campaign, it will highlight to our customers the importance of tackling climate change and encourage them to commit to cutting their emissions in half before 2030, and to net-zero by 2050 or sooner.
“When small businesses sign up, they will be given tools to understand their emissions, as well as practical but important steps to protect the planet, the benefits of futureproofing and growing a greener business. Small businesses who make a net zero pledge on the new business climate hub will be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and will become ‘climate leaders’ – role-modelling and inspiring other to find meaningful ways to take positive environmental action.”
While sharing more details about the campaign, Johnson stated:
“Every step that a small business takes on their journey to net zero adds up – not only in protecting the health of the planet but also in future-proofing their business and encouraging new investment, new customers and new opportunities for growth. We are providing the support and advice small businesses need to join us and become leaders in the fight against climate change.”
CEO of NatWest, Alison Rose, further commented:
“As the leading bank in the UK for businesses, we want to encourage, enable and lead the way in helping small businesses transition to a net zero carbon economy. From our recent SME Recovery Report, we know SMEs have the opportunity to help the UK meet its net zero targets by reducing their carbon footprint by 80 MtCO2e by 2030 through more sustainable business operating models.”