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Frequently Asked Questions
The Climate Pledge is a cross-sector community of companies, organizations, individuals, and partners, working together to crack the climate crisis and solve the challenges of decarbonizing our economy. Bringing together those that are prepared to run the furthest and fastest, The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Amazon co-founded the Climate Pledge with Global Optimism in 2019, and became the first signatory of the pledge.
Signatories of The Climate Pledge agree to three principal areas of action:
1. Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis;
2. Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies;
3. Neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.
Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge with Global Optimism in 2019. The two agreed to join forces by launching The Climate Pledge, a platform for signatories to work together on ambitious actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. The list of Signatories is constantly growing—sending an important signal that there will be rapid growth in demand for products and services that help reduce carbon emissions.
Scientists tell us that we have a limited window to make unprecedented headway towards limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. No one company or organization can do this on its own and everyone must do their part—business does not operate in a vacuum. The Climate Pledge community together is a whole-economy approach, which can influence vast value chains and supply chains to make real business changes feasible more rapidly. Together, we can send signals of demand that help deliver the transformational action needed to tackle the climate crisis.
Amazon is a global company, with operations across e-commerce, cloud computing, consumer products and devices, digital streaming, grocery, and more. Amazon co-founded and was first signatory of The Climate Pledge, which calls on organizations to commit to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Amazon continues to work to reduce emissions across its operations to reach net-zero by 2040, as well as encourage other companies to join them in signing the pledge to accelerate their goals, plans, and programs to address the urgency of climate change.
Global Optimism is a purpose-driven organization that exists to catalyze transformative actions in our world. The organization co-founded The Climate Pledge and is led by two founding partners: Christiana Figueres, former UN climate chief and Tom Rivett-Carnac, former political strategist at the UNFCCC, who together oversaw the delivery of the historic Paris Agreement, the first global accord on climate change. Global Optimism helps build The Climate Pledge community, and provides access to expertise across teams, industries, and NGO partners so that Amazon and signatories of The Climate Pledge can continue to accelerate action and meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early.
No, there is not a fee or any cost to join The Climate Pledge.
Becoming a signatory to The Climate Pledge means an organization commits to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. The Climate Pledge seeks to bring together a group of companies and organizations that are prepared to move faster and inspire greater climate action. The team works with a range of partners to highlight The Climate Pledge as an ambitious standard of commitment, such as Race to Zero, We Mean Business and TED Countdown, and we welcome the potential for future collaborations.
To achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, companies and organizations that sign The Climate Pledge agree to three principal areas of action:
- Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis;
- Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies;
- Neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.
Scientists tell us that we have a limited window to make unprecedented headway towards the biggest environmental and societal impact we can have: stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius of global temperature rise. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world would have to curb its carbon emissions by at least half by 2030 and then achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to meet this target. Through The Climate Pledge, signatories believe that accelerating action to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement, is the right thing to do for our planet and our businesses.
Becoming a Signatory
The Climate Pledge brings together a community of companies and organizations that are prepared to run the furthest and fastest—and this provides access to:
- Expertise across teams, industries, and NGO partners; including shared access to technologies, evolving best practices, and innovations in supply chain enhancements;
- The potential to co-invest in scaling up technologies, and in decarbonization and carbon sequestration projects;
- Shared learning platforms to enable all signatories to permanently transform their operations in the most ambitious timing possible.
To begin the process of becoming a signatory of The Climate Pledge, please complete this form. Once completed, you will receive an email with a video that details more information about the process of signing. Additionally, you will complete a short questionnaire that will help our team assess if The Climate Pledge is the right fit for your company. We will process your inquiry within approximately 1-2 weeks, and will be in touch for more information if necessary. Once approved, we will send additional details and a template letter to be signed by a C-Suite executive within your company. Once we receive your letter, you will be confirmed as a signatory.
Yes. However, you must commit to measuring and reporting within one year of signing the pledge. Measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis is one of the three principal areas of action that organizations must agree to when signing up for of The Climate Pledge. We firmly believe that a company must map and measure its own carbon footprint before it can start the hard work of identifying ways to make real business change to achieve net-zero goals. If you need guidance on how to measure and report, or recommendations on best practices for reporting our team can help you get started.
Yes, we welcome companies that have an existing net-zero carbon goal of 2040 or earlier, and/or already participate in other climate commitments.
We believe setting a science-based target is a best practice, and The Climate Pledge team is available to help companies start this process by partnering with organizations such as the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Setting a science-based target is not a requirement to join.
Companies anywhere in the world, with 20 or more employees, are eligible to join The Climate Pledge, provided they agree to the commitments of the Pledge.
At this time, companies with fewer than 20 employees are not eligible to join the Pledge. However, we strongly encourage you to review and register for the SME Climate Hub —our trusted partners for companies that have fewer than 20 employees. The Hub provides resources for small and medium-sized enterprises to make climate commitments and access tools and resources to take concrete steps towards climate action across multiple pathways. These resources can help you get on the pathway to create realistic and meaningful decarbonization targets, and support the goals of The Climate Pledge.
Commitments & Accountability
Signatories to The Climate Pledge commit to measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis. Signatories should report publicly, in a cadence that they determine, and follow reporting best practices to achieve accountability to their stakeholders. The Climate Pledge has partnered with existing, leading organizations such as CDP, a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, and can refer signatories to more information on how to get started working with CDP.
Yes, signatories are held accountable through their choice of regular, publicly-available reporting, and the public-facing commitments they make when signing The Climate Pledge.
Signatories commit to net-zero by 2040 across all emissions scopes. The scopes covered in a company’s target setting can be defined by using an existing best practice target setting methodology.
First and foremost, all companies signing The Climate Pledge commit to reducing emissions by implementing decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies. The Climate Pledge outlines that companies should neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.
The Climate Pledge Fund is a $2 billion venture investment program that will support the development of sustainable technologies and services that will enable Amazon to meet net-zero carbon through The Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge Fund considers investing in companies in multiple industries, including transportation and logistics; energy generation, storage and utilization; manufacturing and materials; circular economy; and food and agriculture. Companies of all sizes and stages will be considered, from pre-product startups to well-established enterprises looking to scale. The unifying theme around each investment is its potential to lower Amazon’s carbon emissions and increase overall sustainability.
Visit The Climate Pledge Fund page to learn more or make an inquiry.
Amazon introduced the Climate Pledge Friendly program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products.
Visit amazon.com/climatepledgefriendly to learn more about the Climate Pledge Friendly program.