Business declares a climate emergency

Helping Business and Financial markets declare a climate emergency

Most businesses were not designed in the context of the developing climate emergency. Hence we must urgently redesign entire industries and businesses, using science-based targets.

To kick start the process and in support of the social movement for a climate emergency, a number of business leaders in April 2019 stated that businesses should make a declaration that we face a climate emergency and organise a session at a full board meeting to consider the case for urgent action. They said they would encourage the senior management teams of which they are part to do likewise.

These individuals are committed to examine the question of how to help business and financial markets to do what currently seems to be impossible for them: to declare a climate emergency – and then develop transition plans in close consultation with wider society. The plan is that we will convene working sessions through 2019.

The Blue Marble, taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft, December 7, 1972. Image Source

The list of supportive business leaders is as follows:

  • Seb Beloe, Edward Franks and George Latham, partners at WHEB
  • Thomas Bourne, CEO and co-founder, Greenheart Business Ltd
  • Michael Bonte-Friedheim, Founding Partner & Group CEO, NextEnergy Capital
  • Tomas Carruthers , CEO , Project Heather
  • Amy Clarke, co-founder, Tribe Impact Capital LLP
  • Chris Davis, CSO, The Body Shop International Ltd
  • John Elkington co-founder and Louise Kjellerup Roper, CEO, Volans Ventures Ltd
  • Brad Frankel, CEO and co-founder, Flooglebinder Ltd
  • Jake Hayman, CEO, Ten Years’ Time
  • Jeremy Leggett, founder and director, Solarcentury Ltd
  • Charmian Love and Amanda Feldman, co-founders, Heliotropy Ltd
  • Sophie Marple, partner, Snowball LLP
  • Andy Middleton, founder and chief exploration officer, TYF Group
  • Safia Minney MBE, founder & Former CEO, People Tree Fair Trade group
  • James Perry, partner, Snowball LLP
  • Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever plc
  • Samer Salty, co-founder and managing partner, Zouk Capital LLP
  • Sir Tim Smit, founder of The Eden Project, executive chairman of Eden Regeneration Ltd
  • Tristram Stuart – founder of Toast Ale*
  • Hermione Taylor, CEO and founder, The Do Nation Enterprise Ltd
  • Diana Verde Nieto, CEO and co-founder, Positive Luxury Ltd
  • Dale Vince OBE, founder, The Ecotricity Group*
  • Bevis Watts, managing director, Triodos Bank UK
  • Tim Westwell, co-founder and former CEO, Pukka
  • Matt Hocking, CEO and founder, LEAP*
  • Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Economy Coalition

* Businesses that have openly declared a climate emergency

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