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What steps can business take to achieve a gender-just transition to net zero?

By Cristina Bortes, Sustainable Value Creation, Director, PwC UK

Climate change is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable women around the world¹. For example, women are overrepresented in the lowest paid and informal jobs, which are at greatest risk from our changing climate. As more and more companies announce ambitious climate commitments, there is an opportunity to recognise the intersecting areas of gender and climate, and to raise our ambitions on both women’s economic empowerment and climate and environmental outcomes².

A global consortium led by PwC UK has been delivering the UK government’s Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) programme since 2017 and has now collaborated with Business Fights Poverty on the creation of a new toolkit for business focused on gender and climate. It aims to help businesses incorporate gender considerations into the action they are taking on climate change throughout their value chains.

“As more and more companies announce ambitious climate commitments, there is an opportunity to recognise the intersecting areas of gender and climate, and to raise our ambitions on both women’s economic empowerment and climate and environmental outcomes.”

The toolkit, just launched at COP26, builds on WOW's recent work investigating how women are disproportionately affected by climate change. The toolkit includes examples of companies and investors who are identifying opportunities for achieving a gender-just transition to net zero as well as the steps businesses can take. Companies that want to help tackle the twin challenges of women’s economic empowerment and climate change can find practical guidance on steps forward.

¹ UNFCCC (2019b) Gender and Climate Change: Enhanced Lima work programme on gender and its gender action plan, UNFCCC

² Women’s Economic Empowerment and Climate Change: A Primer

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Cristina Bortes

Cristina Bortes

Director, Economic development and Women's Economic Empowerment, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7715 034054

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