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What leading companies are doing to reduce scope 3 emissions and decarbonise their supply chains

I am constantly inspired by the strides leading companies are making to reduce Scope 3 emissions and decarbonise their supply chains. This is not just a matter of regulatory compliance or environmental stewardship; it's about reshaping the future of business and ensuring long-term sustainability while supporting the organisations who take action now.

In reimagining the approach to discussing leading companies' efforts in reducing Scope 3 emissions, it's essential to intertwine these examples within the broader narrative of industry trends and market aspirations.

Looking at different industries across the world, we see interesting shifts and efforts across scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions reductions and aspirational targets.

The companies and geographies with the world's most ambitious net-zero targets

Company absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 reduction targets, by emissions reduction target and target year excluding base year, with SBTi temperature scenario analysis and Climate Action Tracker’s country analysis

With this information though, there are some clear high performers leading the way and bringing their suppliers with them (whether they like it or not)!

Starting with Mars, their commitment to tackling Scope 3 emissions isn't just about achieving their own sustainability goals; it's reflective of a larger trend within the food and beverage industry towards more responsible supply chain management. This sector-wide movement is not only about reducing environmental impact but also about meeting the evolving expectations of consumers and investors.

Transitioning to the tech industry, HP's story is a powerful example of how data can drive significant environmental improvements. The tech sector's unique position, with its complex supply chains and high innovation rate, means that companies like HP can lead the way in developing and implementing sophisticated approaches to manage and reduce emissions.

In the consumer goods sector, Unilever's top-down commitment to sustainability demonstrates the potential for large corporations to influence their entire value chain, from suppliers to end consumers. This approach is particularly pertinent in industries where consumer behavior plays a significant role in the overall carbon footprint.

Ford's pragmatic strategy in the automotive industry, focusing first on the biggest sources of emissions, underscores the importance of setting realistic, achievable targets that can lead to substantial progress over time. This methodical approach is crucial in sectors like automotive, where the transition to lower emissions involves significant technological and logistical challenges.

The real estate services provided by companies like JLL highlight the importance of collaboration in addressing Scope 3 emissions. In industries where the company's impact is largely through services provided to clients, working together towards common sustainability goals is key to making real progress.

Walmart's role in the retail sector showcases how companies can leverage their scale to drive change not only within their own operations but across their global supply chains. This is indicative of a broader trend towards collective action in the retail industry, where the sheer volume of transactions means that even small improvements can have a significant impact.

For a deeper understanding of how these company efforts tie into the larger industry trends and aspirations, and for specific insights and graphs illustrating which sectors are the most ambitious on net zero, the article on Capital Monitor provides valuable context​ (Capital Monitor)​.

For suppliers to these leading companies, the key takeaway is the growing importance of aligning with the sustainability goals of their corporate customers. This alignment is not just about compliance but about being part of a broader shift towards a more sustainable, low-carbon economy. Suppliers that can adapt and innovate in response to these trends will find themselves well-positioned for the future.

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