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Climate action is everyone’s business

Paul Polman, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce

As the institutional representative of 45 million companies worldwide – ICC recognises the urgent need to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5° Celsius and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

What’s more, we are committed to advocating for and providing input on coherent policy frameworks – in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the latest climate science.

We are also committed to raising global business ambition and to mobilising action at scale.

Having played a central key role in advocating for the delivery of the Paris Agreement and in shaping the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we work continually with our network and wide range of partners to ensure that policy frameworks are implemented in a way that works for and with business…and through policies that recognise the defining role of business in promoting sustainable development.

These commitments and contributions aim to instill in governments the confidence they need to increase the ambition of their climate policies.

At ICC, we believe climate action is everyone’s business and that action from all stakeholders is vital to meeting the challenges and opportunities of the climate emergency.

“ICC will continue to play a crucial role in identifying opportunities for governments and businesses to work together to build a shared agenda of solutions and actions for a more sustainable future for all.”

Paul Polman, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce

Our commitment

The ICC Centenary Declaration, issued in May 2019, recognises the escalating climate emergency and wholly endorse the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

John W.H. Denton AO

John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce

“We recognise that climate change is a growing emergency, and we wholly endorse the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the urgent need to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Through our global network, we will advocate for policy frameworks that support the alignment of business operations with this target and help us to reach the additional goal of net zero emissions in many countries by 2050. We readily acknowledge that this will require deep economic transformations and a significant shift in financial markets to meet the imperatives of long-term sustainability and environmental preservation.”

ICC Declaration on the Next Century of Global Business

Taking action

Signatories of the Chambers Climate Coalition

ICC undertakes efforts to help business take climate action.

The Chambers Climate Coalition, a unique grassroots mobilisation of local businesses and chambers of commerce, and our support of the Our Only Future campaign, are just two of the many ways ICC is speaking up and speaking out on the need for businesses everywhere – regardless of size or sector– to ramp-up their climate ambition.

Through our network regional representatives in over 90 countries, we are calling on national governments worldwide to raise climate ambition.  We are working with the NDC Partnership, a coalition of countries pooling resources and expertise – to help ensure the climate ambition of countries can be effectively implemented at national level.

“Taking serious and bold action to mitigate climate change is an urgent business issue. Failure to do so will hurt us all. Countries must go beyond the bare minimum and take transformative action if we are to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.”

John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce

The Chambers Climate Coalition

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The voice of business at the United Nations

Majda Dabaghi, ICC Director, Inclusive and Green Growth

ICC has played a central role as the Focal Point for Business in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process since its inception in 1992. We are also Observers to the Green Climate Fund and the IPCC, bringing the business perspective to these forums. These roles, coupled with ICC’s Observer Status at the UN General Assembly means that our institution is uniquely positioned to bring the business perspective to UN climate negotiations.

2019 is a pivotal year with several critical milestones for stepping up climate ambition by 2020, including the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on 23 September and COP25 in Chile from 2-13 December. On the road to COP25, ICC member companies, of all sizes and sectors from around the world, are demonstrating leadership on delivering and deploying powerful solutions that support the global climate agenda.

“As the UNFCCC Focal Point for Business, ICC is responsible for convening the business community and bringing the private sector perspective to the UN climate negotiations. If you are a business leader attending the climate negotiations, we want to hear from you!”

Majda Dabaghi, ICC Director, Inclusive and Green Growth

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