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500 B Corporations Pledge to Hit Net-Zero Target by 2030, 20 Years Ahead of Paris Schedule

A list of more than 500 B Corps that includes The Body Shop, New Zealand-American shoemaker Allbirds, California-based health and personal care manufacturer Dr. Bronners, and Canadian renewable energy project developer 3Degrees have pledged to hit a net-zero target for their operations by 2030, 20 years ahead of the deadline in the Paris Agreement.

“The call for action in response to the climate emergency is getting louder and louder, yet we are still seeing global emissions continuing to rise,” said Christopher Davis, international director of sustainability at The Body Shop. “If we are to stand a chance of tackling this crisis, we need to work together, and we are proud to be joining fellow B Corps across the world in taking action.”

“We built Allbirds with the idea that businesses could—and should—play a role in protecting the environment,” said co-founder and co-CEO Tim Brown. “Any brand, no matter the size, can begin making a difference today by limiting, measuring, offsetting, and reducing their carbon footprint.”

Brown said his company launched a “self-imposed carbon tax” earlier this year that “funds 100% carbon neutrality through emission-reduction programs”.A B Corp is “a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit,” according to the Certified B Corporation website. “They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.”