Caring for Climate (C4C) is a joint initiative of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aimed at advancing the role of business in addressing climate change. Since 2007, the initiative, launched by the UN Secretary-General, has brought more than 450 companies from 65 countries together to advance the power of sustainable business. Signatory companies communicate on progress annually regarding the commitments of Caring for Climate. The initiative has delisted over 50 companies for failing to report on progress since inception.
Over the past decade, Caring for Climate has provided a forum for businesses large and small to address key systemic issues that hinder progress on climate change. Through its four workstreams—carbon pricing, science-based targets, responsible policy engagement, and climate adaptation— Caring for Climate has played a role in helping to define leadership frameworks and setting the ambition high for companies at large. Leading up to COP 21, more than 450 companies called for a robust international climate agreement, recognizing that this is essential for providing predictability, unlocking capital and advancing the power of sustainable business.