Climate Week New York City begins: spotlight on business

The seventh Climate Week runs 21 - 28 September 2015 in New York City, bringing together figures from business, government and civil society to discuss action on climate change. 

Climate Week 2014 saw commitments from major companies and a call to action from leading businesspeople. Further announcements are expected this week. We'll post up news on this page as it comes in.

Also in New York City this week, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is hosting its 6th annual event as part of the Mary Robinson Speaker Series on Business & Human Rights:

Climate justice and business: Human rights from the frontlines to Paris

18:00-20:00 | 23 September | New York

For more on climate change, human rights, and the role of business, see our new blog series:

Climate change & human rights: The role of business                                      

Climate liability | Supply chains | Linking human rights

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25 September 2015

New private sector commitments to reduce global carbon footprint

Author: Hannah Furlongm, Sustainable Brands

Two initiatives for reducing businesses’ impacts on the environment have attracted globally recognized brands this week at Climate Week NYC.  On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) announced a new initiative to help businesses and individuals reduce their carbon footprints, Climate Neutral Now. An online platform will facilitate the measurement, reduction, and offset of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Climate Neutral Now has been backed by companies including adidas Group, Sony, Microsoft, and Marks & Spencer.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial, and Walmart joined RE100, an initiative launched at last year’s Climate Week NYC by The Climate Group in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project.Companies that join RE100 pledge to source 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions...

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22 September 2015

Unilever CEO Paul Polman receives UN award for leadership in driving sustainable growth

Author: UN Environmental Programme

"Transformative Business Leader to Receive United Nations Champion of the Earth Award", 18 Sep 2015

Paul Polman has been announced as one of the winners of the UN's highest environmental accolade for leading the private sector toward sustainability, both in his role as Unilever CEO and as a tireless advocate for more sustainable business models...UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, "With his ambitious vision and personal commitment to sustainability, Mr Polman has established a reputation for leading by example. As Unilever CEO, he is demonstrating the need for long-term corporate thinking that accounts for social and environmental concerns. In addition, his leadership on UN and other sustainability boards is directly influencing a sustainability shift in the corporate world beyond his own company...Mr. Polman said, "I'm deeply honoured to accept this award. As the United Nations prepares to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals and agree a global climate deal, it is more important than ever that businesses take active leadership to show that growth and sustainability are not in conflict..."Quite the opposite - in our experience sustainability drives growth. We have reached a tipping point for change in 2015, a once in a lifetime opportunity to end poverty and tackle climate change. But to make a real difference we need everyone on board - business, governments and NGOs. Now is the time to make this a fairer, more prosperous, more sustainable world."...

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21 September 2015

Company Commitments Roll In as Climate Week NYC Approaches

Author: Mary Mazzoni on TriplePundit, Published 21 September 2015

With U.N. discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals taking place during Climate Week in New York City and COP21 on everyone's minds, 2015 is shaping up to be an "important year for the climate,"... So, it’s even more important to make the business case for climate action and a low-carbon society — and both COP delegates and the public will be watching to see which corporate announcements come out of Climate Week.

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21 September 2015

The Climate Group calls for "low carbon leadership" from business

Author: Mark Kenber, The Climate Group; Published 20 September 2015

...for a 7th successive year, The Climate Group will bring together leaders from every sector of society to Climate Week NYC... Each of these leaders, in their own way, will showcase how transitioning to a low carbon pathway is not only environmentally and socially essential, but also economically beneficial... Some of the world’s most successful companies now have sustainable business models at the heart of their strategies and, as a result are outperforming their peers...Where the forerunners have led so the rest of the economy must follow; if we are to build the climate resilient, low carbon global economy that will effectively address our greatest threat...

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