We Mean Business welcomes partnership with the Haga Initiative

Posted by We Mean Business
Photo: Mats Wallerstedt/Shutterstock
Photo: Mats Wallerstedt/Shutterstock

The We Mean Business coalition welcomes the Haga Initiative as its latest partner and looks forward to collaborating on our shared mission to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy by working with the world’s most influential businesses.

"The aim of the businesses involved in the Haga Initiative to eliminate their reliance on fossil fuels by 2030 is an ambitious target, but one that is achievable,” Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business said. “We support and welcome the Haga Initiative as a partner and look forward to working closely with them in the future."

The Haga Initiative is a Swedish-based network of companies that work to reduce carbon emissions from the business sector, and highlight the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies create business advantages and improve profitability.

The network includes: AkzoNobel, Axfood, Coca-Cola Enterprises Sweden, Folksam, Fortum Värme, Green Cargo, JM, Lantmännen, Löfbergs, McDonald’s, HKScan Sweden, Preem, Siemens, Stena Recycling and Sveaskog.

Since it launched six years ago, the Haga Initiative has been working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020. At the time, the pledge was ambitious, however the pace of reductions has been much faster than anticipated. More than half of the companies involved in the Initiative have already achieved the target by a wide margin.

The member companies have now upped their targets and pledged to become fossil free within their own operations by 2030. The new targets imply that the companies in the initiative will reach zero emissions 15 years before the guidelines set by the Swedish government’s climate goals.

The ambition of the initiative is to show that Swedish companies can reduce their climate impact while increasing profitability and simultaneously create new jobs, thus contributing to increased welfare.