The Science Based Targets initiative champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). It is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. Hundreds of the world’s biggest companies have now committed to set targets through the Science Based Targets initiative. The initiative showcases how companies that set science-based targets see increased innovation, reduced regulatory uncertainty, strengthened investor confidence and improved profitability and competitiveness. The initiative also defines and promotes best practice, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets. . Our aim is that by 2018, science-based target setting will become standard business practice and corporations will play a major role in closing the emissions gap left by country commitments