Our key takeaway: On the heels of Davos, where climate change and the net-zero transition were hot topics, the World Economic Forum has developed a new framework to guide company and government decision-making when it comes to a fair and equitable green transition. The report puts forward a framework that cross-sects eight core components of a green transition with five pillars of economic equity, showing how they can interact to create both positive and negative impacts on people. Yes, the green transition will have winners and losers—but without deliberate, careful interventions on the part of companies and policymakers, the losers are likely to be the individuals and populations who already face poverty, lack of access to education and employment, food insecurity, lack of economic opportunity and more. WEF’s framework underscores the importance for the private sector of applying a human rights lens to their environmental initiatives and investments as they do with any business activities, including assessing risks to people, preventing and mitigating impacts, and creating space to hear directly from the people who could be most impacted.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) published Accelerating an Equitable Transition: A Framework for Economic Equity (January 2024):