Climate change is not simply an environmental issue. It’s a business problem.
Ahead of the global climate negotiations in Paris this December, some of the world’s largest corporations are finally coming together to take a stand on the importance of combatting climate change.
As of Sept. 18, this so-called We Mean Business coalition of organizations working with nearly 200 businesses and over 100 investors committed to promoting sustainable operating practices and facilitating the transition to a low-carbon global economy. The sentiment here is that climate change is not simply an environmental issue; it’s also an important economic opportunity for those willing to step up to the challenge.
Members of the group come from a spectrum of professional fields and industries — technology, food, automotive, fashion and more — and operate in countries all over the world. The Huffington Post asked 9 of these companies what sustainability means to them and how they’re positioning themselves to become leaders in tomorrow’s low-carbon economy.
Here’s what they told us:
UnileverAcross its manufacturing network, Unilever has reduced its energy consumption by 20 percent, saving 1 million metric tons of CO2 since 2008. Its low-carbon practices have also saved it $278 million.
The company has achieved its target of sending zero non-hazardous manufacturing waste to landfills.
Unilever is a member of the RE100, a group of companies moving toward 100 percent renewable energy.
“The effects of climate change threaten us all, impacting both consumers and the supply chain and often hitting the poorest communities the hardest. Businesses and governments need to take urgent action, as these climate-induced extreme weather events will only become more frequent in the future,” the company told HuffPost, adding, “If we don’t all tackle climate change in a constructive way, global growth will be stifled.”
(More about Unilever’s efforts here.)