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Sustainability Industry Bodies and Frameworks

Common themes for socially responsible investments include seeking out companies engaged in social justice, environmental sustainability and clean energy technology. ​

 

AcronymName of OrganizationDescription of activities
A4SAccounting for SustainabilityEstablished by HRH the Prince of Wales, the A4S aim is to inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models.
Aldersgate GroupAldersgate GroupThe Aldersgate Group is a politically impartial, multi-stakeholder alliance championing a competitive and environmentally sustainable economy.
BEISDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyBEIS replaced the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in July 2016. They are responsible for: business, industrial strategy, science, research and innovation, energy and clean growth, climate change.
BSRBusiness for Social ResponsibilityA global non profit business network of consultancy dedicated to sustainability.
C2ESCentre for Climate and Energy SolutionsA non profit organization working to forge practical solutions to climate change, including the advancement of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cambridge ZeroCambridge ZeroA new climate change initiative launched in 2019 by the University of Cambridge to build on its existing activities. Purpose of creating a zero-carbon future.
Carbon TrustCarbon TrustAn independent expert on low carbon and sustainable strategies to organizations worldwide, offering insights and bespoke solutions designed to accelerate the transition to low carbon economy.
CBIConfederation of British Industry (including its Energy and Climate Change Board)A UK, not-for-profit membership organization which works to promote British business interests via government lobbying and business networks. It includes an ‘Energy and Climate Change Working Group’.
CCCCommittee on Climate ChangeIndependent advice to government on building a low-carbon economy and preparing for climate change.
CDSBClimate Disclosure Standards BoardAn international consortium of businesses and NGOs which advances and aligns the global corporate reporting model to enhance efficient capital allocation and sustainable economic systems.
CIFThe Climate Investment FundsThe Climate Investment Funds, together with multilateral development banks, bridge the financing gap to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. CIFs are two distinct funds: the Clean Technology Fund and the Strategic Climate Fund. The funds were approved by the World Bank Board of Directors in July 2008 and on September 26, 2008 received pledges of US$6.5 billion.
CISL (and associated Earth Board)Cambridge Institute for Sustainability LeadershipA globally influential Institute dedicated to developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy.
Client EarthClient EarthAn environmental law charity composed of attorneys and environmental experts that uses the power of the law to protect nature, the environment and environmental rights and to hold governments accountable.
Climate Action100+100 ‘systemically important emitters’, accounting for two-thirds of annual global industrial emissionsAn investor initiative launched in 2017 to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. More than 370 investors with over
$35 trillion in assets collectively under management are engaging companies to curb emissions, improve governance and strengthen climate-related financial disclosures.
CSRCorporate Social ResponsibilityA type of international private business self-regulation that aims to contribute to societal goals of a philanthropic, activist, or charitable nature or by engage in or support volunteering or ethically-oriented practices.
ECIUEnergy and Climate Intelligence UnitA non-profit organization that supports informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK.
ESGEnvironmental, Social and GovernanceEnvironmental, social and governance refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company or business.
ETCEnergy Transitions CommissionAn initiative of leaders across the energy landscape aimed at accelerating change towards low carbon energy systems to meet the twin objectives of economic development and climate change mitigation.
FCAFinancial Conduct AuthorityThe FCA is a UK financial regulatory body which regulates financial firms providing services to consumers. It also maintains the integrity of the UK financial markets.
FRCFinancial Reporting CouncilThe FRC is an independent regulator in the UK which regulates auditors, accountants and actuaries. It also sets the UK’s Governance and Stewardship Codes.
GCFThe Green Climate FundThe Green Climate Fund helps fund climate finance investment in low emission and climate resilient projects in developing countries.
GFIGreen Finance InstituteEstablished in 2019, the Green Finance Institute is an independent, commercially focused organisation, supported by seed funding from HM Treasury, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the City of London Corporation. As the UK’s principal forum for public and private sector collaboration in green finance, it is able to mobilise capital to accelerate the domestic and international transition to a sustainable, net-zero carbon economy that is also climate resilient. GFI leads mission-led coalitions, made up of networks of decision makers, to identify and unlock barriers to deploy capital at pace and scale towards impactful, real-economy outcomes.
GHGGreenhouse gasesAn atmospheric gas, such as water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide that absorbs and emits radiation produced by solar warming of the Earth’s surface. An increase in GHGs have led to an increase in global warming.
GIINGlobal Impact Investing NetworkThe GIIN supports activities, education and research that accelerate the development of social and environmental investments, and impact, to produce financial returns.
GRAGlobal Research AllianceThe GRA is focused on technologies and practices that deliver more climate resistant food systems without growing greenhouse gas emissions.
Grantham Research InstituteGrantham Research InstituteA leading authority on climate change and environmental science and Imperial College London’s climate change institute, providing world-class research, training and innovation on climate change.
GRIGlobal Reporting InitiativeThe GRI has pioneered sustainability reporting and accountability, helping organizations identify and manage risk, improve governance, stakeholder relations and trust.
Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change EngagementHughes Hall Centre for Climate Change EngagementEstablished to increase awareness of climate change mitigation and adaptation on the boards of private companies and the need for urgent action.
ICAEWInstitute of Chartered Accountants in England and WalesAct as an independent regulator to protect the public interest by making sure their firms, members, students and affiliates maintain the highest standards of professional conduct.
IEAInternational Energy AgencyThe IEA provides data, analysis, training and solutions on the full spectrum of fuels and energy issues globally.
IIGCCInstitutional Investors Group on Climate ChangeThe IIGCC is the European membership body for investor collaboration on climate change whose mission is to mobilize capital for low carbon transmission.
IPCCIntergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It provides scientific assessments of climate change and its future risks.
IPCC ReportsIPCC reports (including the latest on 1.5 degrees vs 3 degrees)The IPCC prepares comprehensive assessment reports about climate change, its causes, potential impact and response options.
MDGMillennium Development GoalsWere eight international development goals for the year 2015 that had been established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 191 United Nations member states at that time, and at least 22 international organizations, committed to help achieve the following Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
NRDCNational Resources Defence CouncilThe NRDC is a non-profit organization that tackles pollution from fossil fuels and works to reduce dependence on these dirty sources by expanding clean energy cities, states and nations.
PRAPrudential Regulation AuthorityThe Bank of England prudentially regulates and supervises financial services firms through the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).
Prince of Wales CLGPrince of Wales Corporate Leaders GroupCLG brings together European business leaders to accelerate progress towards a low carbon, sustainable economy that will deliver net-zero emissions by 2050.
Royal InstitutionThe Royal Institution of Great BritainThe Royal Institution is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science.
SASBSustainability Accounting Standards BoardEstablish industry-specific disclosure standards across environmental, social, and governance topics that facilitate communication between companies and investors about financially material, decision-useful information.
SBTiScience Based Targets InitiativeThe initiative:
Showcases companies that set science-based targets through case studies, events and media to highlight the increased innovation, reduced regulatory uncertainty, strengthened investor confidence and improved profitability and competitiveness generated by science-based target setting.
Science Based TargetsScience Based TargetsScience-based targets are a set of goals developed by a business to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
Scope 1Scope 1 – All Direct EmissionsAll Direct Emissions from the activities of an organisation or under their control. Including fuel combustion on site such as gas boilers, fleet vehicles and air-conditioning leaks.
Scope 2Scope 2 – Indirect EmissionsIndirect Emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation. Emissions are created during the production of the energy and eventually used by the organisation.
Scope 3Scope 3 – All Other Indirect EmissionsAll Other Indirect Emissions from activities of the organisation, occuring from sources that they do not own or control. These are usually the greatest share of the carbon footprint, covering emissions associated with business travel, procurement, waste and water.
SDGsSustainable Development GoalsThe 17 UN sustainable development goals and 169 smaller targets, including pledges to protect the world’s oceans, improve water management and the energy system, and take urgent action on climate change.
SRISocially Responsible InvestmentCommon themes for socially responsible investments include seeking out companies engaged in social justice, environmental sustainability and clean energy technology.
TCFDTaskforce on Climate Related Financial DisclosureThe TCFD issues voluntary climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in the information they provide to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders as part of their climate-related financial risk disclosure in mainstream filings.
The B TeamThe B TeamA private sector initiative of business leaders who are driving a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of the people and the sustainability of the planet.
The Climate GroupThe Climate GroupAn international non- profit group which specializes in high impact climate and energy collaboration with the world’s leading businesses and state and local governments, aimed at addressing climate change.
TPITransition Pathway InitiativeTPI is a global initiative aimed at investors which assesses companies’ preparedness for the transition to a low carbon economy by tracking companies’ management of greenhouse gas emission and expected future carbon performance and which publishes the results of this analysis.
TPRThe Pensions RegulatorTPR is the UK public body that works with employers to protects workplace pensions.
UN Global CompactUN Global CompactVia a principle-based framework the UN Global Compact aims to mobilize sustainable companies and stakeholders to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations to principles on human rights, labour and anti corruption.
UN PRIUnited Nations Principles for Responsible InvestmentThe United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment is an international network of investors working together to put ESG principles into investment practices.
UNEPUN Environment ProgramThe UN Environment Program is the leading, global advocate for the management of the environment, setting the global environment agenda and promoting sustainable development.
UNFCCCUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangeThe UNFCC treaty is designed to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere with the aim to prevent interference with the climate system.
WBCSDWorld Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentA global, CEO led organization of over 200 businesses, working with member companies to deliver solutions for their most challenging sustainability issues and the transition to a more sustainable world.
WEFWorld Economic Forum Climate Governance InitiativeA global platform aimed to accelerate climate action via public and private sector collaboration. It includes the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, a network of CEOs who seek a transition to a low carbon and climate resistant economy.
WRIWorld Resources InstituteWRI is a global research organization which analyses the environment and its capacity to provide for future generations by focusing on climate, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities and the ocean.
WWFWorld Wildlife Fund for NatureAn international non-governmental organization working in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.
XRExtinction RebellionExtinction Rebellion is a socio-political movement which uses civil disobedience and non-violent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and social and ecological collapse.