As companies and governments put economic policies in place to aid coronavirus recovery, a coalition of companies are asking that those recovery efforts are considerate of climate change. Over 150 companies, representing 5 million employees signed a statement calling for government and business leaders to align coronavirus related economic and recovery efforts with climate-focused changes as well.
155 companies from 34 sectors and 33 countries and includes notable businesses like Adobe, Inc. , Unilever PLC, Nestle SA and Salesforce.com Inc. The statement called for using business leadership to reduce rising temperatures and focus on science-focused climate strategies.
“As debates on recovery packages around the world ramp up in the coming weeks, the companies, which are all part of the Science Based Targets initiative, are calling for policies that will build resilience against future shocks by supporting efforts to hold global temperature rise to within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, in line with reaching net-zero emissions well before 2050,” the Science Based Targets initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition said in a press release.
The statement includes a plea for leaders to “demonstrate that the best decisions and actions are grounded in science.” The group continued, “If we work together, these efforts will help reduce vulnerability to future shocks and disasters, and build community resilience. A systemic shift to a zero-carbon and resilient economy is within our reach — our only future depends on making this vision a reality.”
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in the release that “Saving lives and livelihoods, and building a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future, are at the heart of our efforts to recover from COVID-19. We can beat the virus, address climate change and create new jobs through actions that move us from the grey to green economy. Many companies are showing us that it is indeed possible and profitable, to adopt sustainable, emission-reducing plans even during difficult times like this. I warmly welcome the ambitious, science-based actions we are seeing from leading companies who are demonstrating to policy-makers that green growth remains the best growth strategy.”
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