Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Business and the UN Climate Summit

The UN Climate Summit, which is taking place on September 23, has invited a number of business leaders, however, those businesses not in attendance can also participate in a number of ways. Interested parties can follow the summit online through live broadcasts. There will also be a wide assortment of events of interest to businesses taking place throughout climate week (September 22-28).

UN Private Sector Forum

Business leaders are participating in the Climate Summit at the UN Private Sector Forum. Convened by the UN Global Compact in close cooperation with the World Bank Group, and with the support of UN partners, the UN Private Sector Forum luncheon will be held during the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to provide a unique platform for Governments and business to demonstrate their leadership on climate change. The UN Private Sector Forum will bring together Heads of State with chief executives and leaders from civil society and the UN to engage in discussion on innovative and scalable climate change solutions. Carbon pricing will be featured as a global policy advocacy priority.

A Business and Civil Society Special Session, convened by UN Global Compact, will take place prior to the High-Level Luncheon, from 11:30 to 13:00. This session will feature leadership actions that businesses can take in cooperation with Governments to address climate change.

Commit to Action on Climate Change

Those businesses not in attendance can also participate by taking action to combat climate change, this includes 8 action areas (Agriculture, cities, energy, financing, forests, petroleum and industry, resilience and transportation). The UN Secretary-General called for commitments to action from the private sector in advance of the Climate Summit. Commitments to action can take many forms to leverage the unique strengths and characteristics of each actor. All commitments are promises to take action, alone or in partnership.

Action Areas.
  • Advance one or more UN Goals and Issues
  • Include time-bound target(s) that can be measured for success
  • Include an agreement to publicly disclose, on an annual basis, the progress made to realize the commitment, throughout its duration.
  • Companies are also invited to report on progress from commitments made at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum.
  • By making a commitment to action and reporting their tangible progress, companies can demonstrate leadership towards promoting and supporting the UN climate change agenda.
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Join Caring for Climate: Be a Leading Business in Addressing Climate Change

Caring for Climate encourages businesses to make a lasting commitment to climate action. This is the world’s largest global coalition on climate led by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC. Launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, Caring for Climate provides a framework for business leaders to advance practical climate solutions and help shape public policy.

Chief executive officers who support the Caring for Climate Statement are prepared to set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and to publicly disclose emissions.

Since 2007 Caring for Climate has grown to over 350 companies from 50 countries.

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Demonstrate Leadership on Carbon Pricing

In the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General”s Climate Summit, the UN Global Compact and selected partners of Caring for Climate are calling on companies to demonstrate leadership in pricing the cost of carbon emissions as a crucial and effective measure to tackle climate change. A set of Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing have been developed to inspire companies to reach the next level of climate performance, and to recognize businesses that are at the forefront of advocating for a price on carbon. The Business Leadership Criteria complement a Statement on Putting a Price on Carbon developed by the World Bank Group and other partners to call for countries and companies to demonstrate strong global support and action toward pricing carbon.

The Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing comprise three distinct but overlapping dimensions:

1. Integrating carbon pricing into long-term strategies and investment decisions
2. Responsible policy advocacy
3. Communication on progress

Companies are invited to review the Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing and indicate alignment with them.

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