Businesses taking the lead
The United Nations Climate Summit has been going on for a week, but the international business community can no longer wait for political decision making. Over 500 international businesses are dedicated to reducing their CO2 emissions to zero before 2030. These organisations are exclusively B corps certified and they strive for the highest standards in regard to sustainability, social equality and public transparency. With this plan, these companies aim to still reach the agreement to keep the global warming below 1.5 degrees.
The biggest joint action
From the Netherlands, the founder of Soly Patrick van der Meulen is present in Madrid. “This commitment is signed by 500 international companies on the mainstage of the climate summit in Madrid. It demonstrates that businesses value and give high importance to their social responsibility and do not desire to follow the footsteps of the politics. This is so far the biggest commitment from businesses. I hope that this joint endeavour will light the fire under political leaders. It gives me hope and optimism that we as businesses are in position to still attain the climate objectives of Paris” says the 28-year-old entrepreneur.
Patrick van der Meulen disclosing the concrete strategy of Enie/Soly: “On a yearly basis we assist thousands of consumers and businesses in changing to the adoption of solar energy. However, this is assuredly not sufficient. If you wish for change in the world, you should start with yourself. We are going to map out the carbon emission within our total value chain and reduce it to the minimum. The remaining difference will be compensated. In regard to this strategy, we will involve all of our suppliers and partners. We will replace our cars with electric ones, charging them with solar energy. Finally, we will be sharing our experience and knowledge with higher educational institutions in order to enable a new generation starting career with sustainability knowledge”.