Leading WWF Climate Savers companies signal they ‘mean business’ ahead of Paris climate talks

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Nine of the world’s leading companies are scaling up their climate commitments ahead of the UN climate negotiations starting in Paris in less than two weeks.

The companies are members of WWF’s corporate climate leadership platform Climate Savers. They have made specific commitments under the We Mean Business Commit to Action campaign of which WWF Climate Savers is a partner. This set of commitments includes the adoption of science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, pledging to procure 100 per cent of their electricity from renewable sources or commitments to eliminate deforestation from the companies’ value chains.

The companies are multinational energy supplier Eneco; Japanese electronics giant Sony; Sweden’s Volvo Group; multinational manufacturer Procter & Gamble; Italian paper manufacturer Sofidel; postal service Swiss Post; packaging company Sealed Air; pharmaceutical and consumer goods company Johnson & Johnson and global technology company Hewlett-Packard.

Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, said: “Business can play an enormous role in reducing the emissions that cause climate change. These 9 corporations have global footprints and supply chains, and changing these will cut carbon pollution and have broader impacts. This announcement will send an important signal to world leaders in Paris that reducing emissions is not only good for the planet but it makes business sense too. Now it’s their turn to step up.”

Alberto Carrillo, head of Climate Business Engagement for WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, said: “Independent reviews show that country climate pledges still leave an enormous gap between what’s promised and what’s needed to stay below 1.5 degrees global warming. Ambitious commitments by non-state actors are needed now more than ever. We are happy that Climate Savers companies, who have continuously pushed the envelope of corporate climate leadership over the past 15 years, are stepping up to the challenge.”

Susanne Ruoff, CEO of Swiss Post, said: “With our services in logistics and transport, we as Swiss Post bear a particularly great responsibility in resource utilisation and climate protection. That is why we are planning to increase our energy efficiency by 25 per cent by 2020 (base year 2006). To achieve this objective, Swiss Post is renewing its fleet of 16 000 vehicles and building stock, is using more alternative drive systems and optimising delivery rounds. Furthermore we are replacing fossil energy sources with renewable energies and since 2013, we obtain 100 per cent of our electricity from “naturemade basic” certified renewable energy sources from Switzerland (wind, hydro, biomass and solar).”

Len Sauers, Vice President Global Sustainability at Procter & Gamble, said: “We recently announced a new science-based goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2020, compared to a 2010 baseline. This was created in partnership with WWF who helped us understand the relevance and importance of science-based targets. Moving to renewable energy will be key to achieving this goal.”

Niklas Gustafsson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Volvo Group, said: “Volvo’s vision is to become the world leader in sustainable transport solutions. Our engagement to reduce short lived climate pollutants is one important part of our efforts to reach our vision. We put a lot of research to reduce emissions by improved engine technology. Another key element is to introduce products for alternative fuels that eliminate black carbon. We also have internal Volvo standards with higher demand on low emissions than legislation on many markets.”

Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, said: “Sofidel believes that it’s time for governments, businesses and civil society to join forces for a multilateral, efficient action against climate change. And for this purpose we have recently relaunched our commitment with WWF through the Climate Savers programme to further improve our environmental performance. It is our way to implement the idea of extended company accountability that obliges us to not only develop the quality of our products but also raise the standards of our production and distribution processes, with the aim of limiting environmental impact and acting as promoters of change.”


For further information, contact:

Samantha Smith ssmith@wwf.no / @pandaclimate / +47 450 22 149
Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za / @MandyJeanWoods / +27 72 393 0027
Alberto Carrillo acarrillo@wwf.panda.org

About WWF – WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. The Global Climate & Energy Initiative (GCEI) is WWF’s global programme addressing climate change, promoting renewable and sustainable energy, scaling up green finance, engaging the private sector and working nationally and internationally on implementing low carbon, climate resilient development.

WWF Climate Savers is WWF’s flagship climate leadership programme that seeks to transform businesses into leaders of the low-carbon economy. Climate Savers’ objective is to recognise corporate leadership on climate solutions: develop low, zero or carbon positive business models and demonstrate that reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can go hand-in-hand with economic growth.

About We Mean Business – We Mean Business is a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors who recognise that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. To accelerate this transition, we have formed a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyze bold climate action by all and promote smart policy frameworks. In addition to its founding members – BSR, CDP, CERES, The B Team, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) – the coalition by now includes an extended network of almost thirty partner organisations, including WWF Climate Savers.

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