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COP27: Business and Civil Society is All In for Delivery

12 November: The official COP27 outcomes are being drafted this weekend, ready for national ministers to arrive in Egypt.

It is crucial that governments take the action necessary to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Over 200 business leaders and major civil society voices reaffirm their own commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and call on governments to urgently pursue delivery.

As business and civil society leaders, and representatives of science and communities around the world, we are committed to doing everything in our power to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avoid dangerous tipping points. Every fraction of a degree of global heating matters.

We need governments, starting with the world’s most advanced economies, to uphold their commitment to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C and to move swiftly to its delivery.

As climate negotiators are meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27, and global leaders gather for the G20 in Bali, the science remains unchanged: 1.5°C is a limit not a target. We must put all our efforts to stay within this limit and avoid the worsening impacts, suffering and costs that any overshoot will bring. Already at 1.2°C we are seeing the flooded villages of Pakistan, burning forests and towns of California, dried up rivers across Europe and parched fields in Somalia. Those that have contributed least to climate change are the most vulnerable to its impacts.

To keep within this limit we must all work collaboratively and relentlessly to halve global emissions by 2030. The 2022 UNFCCC NDC Synthesis Report shows that existing pledges are simply not enough: governments must strengthen their commitments and plans, and implement them without delay.

Our commitment to the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact is unwavering. Thousands of companies, unions, investors, cities, states and regions are committed to 1.5°C, and already taking science-based climate action: delivering clean energy solutions, developing innovative finance mechanisms, and building the resilience of vulnerable communities.

National leaders must demonstrate solidarity and decide where they stand. Decisions taken in the coming days will define our ability to build an equitable and resilient global economy. They will reverberate around the world and down the generations. There can be no excuses for backsliding on the commitments made a year ago.

Every part of society has an essential role to play in delivering 1.5°C. History shows us that humans have the capacity to innovate and solve immense challenges when we work together. The technologies exist and our destination is clear.

We stand ready to deliver a just transition and an equitable and inclusive future for all. We want to work with governments in building an enduring legacy based on our collective efforts to secure 1.5°C.

We are all in.

Signed By - individuals

Jesper Brodin, CEO, Ingka Group | IKEA & Chair, The B Team Sir Ian Cheshire, We Mean Business Coalition, Chair
Peter Bakker, WBCSD, President & CEO Nicolette Bartlett, CDP, Chief Impact Officer
Helen Clarkson, Climate Group, CEO Aron Cramer, BSR, President & CEO
Mindy Lubber, Ceres, President & CEO María Mendiluce, We Mean Business Coalition, CEO
Halla Tómasdóttir, The B Team, CEO Eliot Whittington, Director, CLG Europe
Luiz Fernando do Amaral, Science Based Targets initiative, CEO Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group & Co-Founder, The B Team
Børge Brende, World Economic Forum, President John W. H. Denton AO, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
Christiana Figueres, Global Optimism, Co-Founder Steve Howard, We Mean Business Coalition, Founding Chair
Neo Gim Huay, World Economic Forum, Centre for Nature & Climate, Managing Director André Hoffmann, Roche Holding AG, Vice Chairman
Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global, Founder & CEO Yolanda Kakabadse, Charles Darwin Foundation, Chair
Isabelle Kocher, former CEO, Engie Guilherme Leal, Co-Founder, Natura & Co-Chair of the Board, Natura &Co
Andrew N. Liveris AO, former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Dow Chemical Company & former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont Catherine McKenna, UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, Chair
Pat Mitchell, Connected Women Leaders, Co-Founder Hiro Mizuno, UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments
Carlos Nobre, University of São Paulo, Senior Researcher Jean Oelwang, Virgin Unite, Founding CEO & President
Paul Polman, Business Leader and Campaigner Mary Robinson, The Elders, Chair
Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact, Research Director Tara Shine, Co-founder and CEO, Change by Degrees
Feike Sijbesma, Honorary Chairman and former CEO of DSM, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips, Co-Chair of the Global Centre for Adaptation Laurence Tubiana, European Climate Foundation, Chief Executive Officer

Signed by - business

2050 Consulting  Accigo AB  ACCIONA S.A. 
Advania Sweden  Aeon Co., Ltd.  AFRY 
AJE Group  Akamai Technologies INC  Allianz 
Amazon  Arçelik Global  Arup 
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.  Autodesk  AVEVA 
Aviva   Aviva Investors   Avocado Green 
Ball Corporation  Bayer AG  Biogen 
Burberry  Carbonext  CELLNEX TELECOM SA 
CGI IT UK Ltd  CGI Sveriga AB  Chobani 
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners  COFRA Holding Group  Dalmia Cement 
Danone  Dassault Systèmes  Deedster 
Dentsu  Deutsche Post DHL Group  Deutsche Telekom AG 
Diageo Plc  DLA Piper International  DSM  
EDF group  EDP – Energias de Portugal S.A.  Electrolux Group 
Enel  Ericsson  ERM (Environmental Resources Management)   
Futerra  Getlink  Givaudan 
Glovo  GSK  GSMA 
H&M Hennes & Mauritz Group  Harley-Davidson  Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited 
Heidelberg Materials  Hindustan Zinc Limited  Holcim Ltd. 
Houdini sportswear ab  IBERDROLA  Icebug   
Icebug AB  IKEA  Interface 
Investor AB  J Sainsbury Plc  JLL 
JSW  Klabin  Kolibri 
Legacy Vacation Resorts  Legal and General Group  Levi Strauss & Co 
Low Carbon  Mahindra Lifespaces  Mastercard 
Metabolic  Microsoft   Miele & Cie. KG 
Mitie Group plc  National Grid  
Natura &Co  Nestlé  Novozymes 
Ørsted  Osborne Clarke  Otto Group 
PensionDanmark  Philips  Polestar 
Qlik  Ramboll Group  Ramboll Sweden 
Reckitt   ReNew Power  REVENGA Smart Solutions 
ROCKWOOL A/S  Safaricom  Sage  
Saint-Gobain  Salesforce  Salt Palm Development 
Salūs Global for Green Buildings and Sustainable Cities  SAP Se  Schneider Electric 
Sekisui House, Ltd.  Semcon AB  Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA 
Signify Commercial UK Ltd  Sintali Ltd  Smart Phases Inc. (dba Novacab)   
South Pole  SSE  SUST4IN 
Svenska Handelsbanken  Swiss Re  TalkTalk  
Telefonica  Telia Company  TENDAM 
The Co-operative Group  thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG  TIME 
Trossa AB  Unilever plc  VELUX A/S 
VF Corporation  Volvo Cars    Wacker Chemie AG 
Walmart  Wipro Ltd  Wonderoom Ltd 
Workday  Yara   


Signed by - civil society

Accountancy Europe  Acumen  Africa-Europe Foundation 
Amazon Investor Coalition   ANEW  AreaHub 
B Lab Global  B Tourism  British Chambers of Commerce 
BSR  Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Australia  Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Portugal  
Business for Nature  Carbon Group Agro-Climatic Solutions  Carbon Market Institute 
CDP  CDP North America, Inc.   CEBA 
CEBDS – Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development  CER Sustainable Business Network  Ceres  
Civic Exchange  Clean Energy Buyers Alliance  Climate Catalyst 
Climate Generation  Climate Group   Climate Leadership Coalition 
Climate-KIC  ClimateWorks Foundation  Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) 
Connected Women Leaders  Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec (CPEQ)  Corporate Leaders Groups  
Council for Inclusive Capitalism  Demos Helsinki 
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce  Environmental Defense Fund  Exponential Roadmap Initiative 
Finland Chamber of Commerce  Florida for Good  French Water Partnership 
Fresh Energy  Fundación Energia sin fronteras  Global Buildings Performance Network 
Global Council for Science and the Environment  Global Optimism  Global Wind Energy Council 
Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde (GECV)   Ikea Foundation  Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment 
International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification  International Chamber of Commerce  International Copper Association 
International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)  International Trade Union Confederation  Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP) 
Jovenes por el Clima Argentina  Kids against Plastic  Laudes Foundation 
Leader’s Quest, LLC  Link Education International  Massive Change Network  
Mo Ibrahim Foundation  National Resources Defense Council  New Buildings Institute 
NewClimate Institute  PACE, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy  Planetary Health Alliance 
reNature  Resilience Rising  RMI 
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors   Science Based Targets initiative  Second Nature 
Secours Islamique France  SEforALL  Skift Business Climate Leaders 
Smart Freight Centre  Stiftung KlimaWirtschaft  Student Energy 
Sustenta Honduras  TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION  The B Team  
The Climate Center  The Climate Pledge   The Club of Rome 
The Elders  The Index Project  The UK and European Corporate Leaders Groups  
Tiina & Antti Herlin Foundation  U.S. Green Building Council  UN Global Compact 
UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance  Under 2 Coalition  United Nations Foundation 
UNPRI  Virgin Unite  Wallace Global Fund 
Water Witness International   We Don’t Have Time  We Mean Business Coalition   
World Benchmarking Alliance  World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)   World Climate Foundation 
World Green Building Council  World Resources Institute  WWF  
Změna k lepšímu (Change for the Better)    


Lead Organizers

Coalition partners

This is an effort delivered in collaboration between We Mean Business Coalition, The B Team and its chair, Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group-IKEA, as well as John W. H. Denton AO, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce. 

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