Our news feeds have rightly been flooded with COP26 pledges and promises the past few weeks as nations came together to support our single most important stakeholder… the planet. We were delighted to see both Salesforce and our parent company Globant take to the stage to help influence global leaders and the change markers leading the action in our fight against climate change.
For anyone who may have missed the news (there surely are few), COP26 is the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference which was held in Glasgow and deemed the most influential event in climate justice since the Paris Agreement in 2015. The 2 week event brought together world leaders to discuss climate change, accelerate actions and agree on targets for future progress.
As a sponsor of this year’s event, Salesforce continues to champion climate justice as we all adopt more sustainable ways of working and living. As a Net Zero company, Salesforce, along with Marc and Lynne Benioff, announced a $300 million investment to accelerate ecosystem restoration and climate justice. The investment is split between Benioff TIME Tree Fund, supporting reforestation and restoration efforts; and TIME Ventures, the Benioffs’ investment fund and the remaining $100million will be made up of Salesforce grants. These will be directed to ecosystem restoration and climate justice non-profits, technology donations and include a whopping 2.5 million volunteering hours.
Beyond their pledge, Salesforce has also created a platform to help organisations understand their environmental impact in the form of Sustainability Cloud. Analysing and managing carbon emission data can be daunting but no less necessary. Sustainability Cloud allows organisations to quantify their carbon footprint across Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, creating a single source of truth to empower data-driven decisions. Identifying and prioritising the highest value energy saving opportunities allows businesses to take actions in becoming more sustainable.
Our parent company Globant was also in attendance at COP26, taking part in several key discussions around the tech industry’s contribution to the global Net Zero Race and echoing their Be Kind to the Planet ethos. Earlier this year Globant announced that it became carbon neutral as a new step in its commitment to become a net-zero company. Globant started its Net-Zero Roadmap in 2020 when it moved to 100% renewable electricity buying renewable energy certificates that ensured the use of renewable sources in all its operations.
Martín Migoya, CEO and Co-founder of Globant said “At Globant we have always been aware of our environmental footprint and reaching carbon neutrality is another important step in our Race to Zero journey. Our efforts to become a net-zero company are aligned to our purpose of making the world a better place, one step at a time and being part of the solution”.
As a steering member of the Green Software Foundation and alongside the announcement of Globant’s £65m investment into the UK made during London Tech week, Globant will be establishing its base here in the UK for its Sustainable Business Studio. Team CloudShift are incredibly proud and excited about all these initiatives – congrats Globant!!
Some of the key initiatives laid out at COP26 included:
Mitigation – Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Reaching Net Zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century and halving emissions over the next decade is what science dictates needs to be achieved to limit global warming. It is a responsibility that is shared, which is why all countries are being called to update their Nationally Determined Contribution to achieve this goal.
Adaptation – Adapting to protect communities and natural habitats
The effects of climate change are already prevalent and it is our duty to adapt to these changes in order to protect lives and livelihoods. Planning, finance, protection and restoration effects should be driven towards boosting resilience and minimising impacts.
Finance – Mobilising finance
Unleashing private and public finance to develop infrastructure, technology and innovation to power us towards net zero and bolster support for developing countries.
Collaboration – Working together to deliver
Finalising the rules needed to implement the Paris agreement is step one but it’s time to turn this ambition into action and work together to deliver on the shared goals.
The overwhelming feeling echoed at Cop26 has been that now is the time for action and any and every strategy to protect and preserve our planet should be taken. As a generation, the action taken on climate change will be a huge influence on the legacy we leave, and it is down to every individual to play their part. We’re really excited to support Globant and Salesforce however and wherever we can.