Reimagining business for net zero emissions

Every business and market is different, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. To deliver on their net zero commitments, businesses need to undertake end-to-end business transformation which includes understanding the implications of net zero for their company’s growth strategy and operating model, and embedding net zero across all business functions from governance, to supply chains, to finance and innovation.

Essential building blocks for net zero transformation

PwC has defined nine key building blocks for corporate net zero transformation. Whether your business is just starting out on its net zero journey, or has a clearly defined road map waiting to be implemented, PwC New Zealand’s Sustainability and Climate Change team can help.

Enterprise transformation
Supply chains


Define what 'good practice' ambition looks like, then ensure alignment of business ambition to achieving global net zero by no later than 2050, is underpinned by the science-based targets approach to limit warming to 1.5c of warming.

How PwC can help:
  • Develop a net zero implementation plan

  • Set a net zero vision using a science-based approach

  • Measure total emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3)

  • Develop a credible carbon offset approach 


Oversight and accountability for net zero driven through the entire business, including at the highest levels.

How PwC can help:
  • Board and C-Suite training on net zero

  • Evaluate net zero incentives structure

  • Creation of a climate change committee


Net zero is embedded into the strategy, to maximize value and build resilience in a changing climate.

How PwC can help:
  • Understand how net zero is changing market dynamics and value

  • Assess capabilities required to succeed under net zero future

  • Identify options to deliver net zero strategy

  • Develop business case to deliver a net zero strategy

Enterprise transformation

Business is structured to achieve net zero with the operating model designed to deliver net zero targets.

How PwC can help:

Through an organisational review 

  • Establish clear structure of responsibilities and accountabilities to deliver net zero

  • Harness culture and people

  • Establish policies, processes and a measurement framework to deliver net zero transformation

Supply chains

Net zero integrated across the whole supply chain to build a well connected, smart, efficient and low carbon supply chain ecosystem. Includes adapting supply chain strategy, aligning with existing transformation efforts, and supporting the supply chain to decarbonise.

How PwC can help:
  • Assess emissions and climate impacts across whole supply chain

  • Put an ESG lens on the supply chain - including modern slavery

  • Supply chain optimisation

  • Incentivize suppliers to reduce emissions

  • Build supplier capacity to deliver net zero


Business invests in R&D and builds innovation into ways of working to harness emerging technologies and develop new solutions to deliver net zero at pace. 

How PwC can help:
  • Ensure net zero is embedded in corporate R&D and innovation 

  • Innovate to develop products and services that deliver net zero


Substantial commitment and willingness to finance net zero transformation through existing and new finance functions and modalities.

How PwC can help:
  • Develop investment strategy

  • Embed into corporate finance decision making

  • Identify and prioritise sources of financing


Provides transparent and balanced information on progress against net zero ambition, including business transformation.

How PwC can help:
  • Communicate the net zero strategy

  • Disclose progress against this net zero strategy with clarity and transparency


Engages and influences stakeholders across ecosystems to enable change at pace and scale.

How PwC can help:
  • Develop engagement strategy

  • Influence value chain

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