Climate change is a pro-growth business strategy

The activities of some of the world’s largest companies are contributing to the delivery of a low-climate-risk economy. Sponsor’s feature

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The EU CLG was brought together by Prince Charles, and includes leaders from a cross-section of EU and international businesses. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
Tackling climate change is central to the successful operation and development of companies in the years to come.

The 29 individual companies, who participate in the EU and UK Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG and UK CLG), understand that inherent in moving towards a low-climate-risk economy are huge business opportunities that must be seized now if they are to bear fruit and to avoid a high-carbon future. Companies involved in the CLG are committed to the idea that business can and must play a central and critical role in creating a sustainable economy.

The group’s companies, including World Business Council for Sustainable Development members Acciona, Alstom, Cemex, Shell, Skanska, Unilever, United Technologies and Vodafone, have recently published a report, Low Carbon Compendium, to demonstrate how the activities of some of the world’s largest companies are contributing to the delivery of a low-climate-risk economy.

Profiles and examples of the activities and climate projects are given for each of the member EU CLG companies featured, including their carbon reduction goals and how these are being met.

The EU CLG was set up in 2007 and brings together business leaders from a cross-section of EU and international businesses who believe there is an urgent need to develop new and longer-term policies for tackling climate change. The group was brought together by the Prince of Wales and is managed by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL).

This group is essentially about driving strategic, long-term, transformational change in the economy which is often frustrated by short-term political economy and decision-making. The group is focusing on the changes necessary to ensure long-term economic prosperity, competitive advantage and corporate sustainability at an EU-wide level.

The group felt it important to communicate and share examples of best practice and innovation, to support their current focus on driving the delivery on transformational change across all sectors. As corporate leaders the members wished to demonstrate what this meant for them in practice.

The report Low Carbon Compendium is an example of walking the talk and demonstrating that low-carbon industrial practices can be good for business and society at large.

Copy on this page is provided by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, sponsor of the Business on the Road to Rio hub 

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Author / Autor: Staff

Date / Fecha: 07/12/11

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