Business & UN

ICC announces major virtual forum for business at COP 26 

  • 7 September 2021

ICC has announced plans to convene a major virtual conference on the margins of COP26.

The ICC Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Forum – which will be held from 1-13 November 2021 – will bring together a diverse network of over 10,000 participants from the public and private sectors to align their climate ambitions and actions for the next decade. Accenture and Deutsche Bank join ICC in this endeavour as supporting partners.

Featuring partner-hosted sessions from leading businesses, industry associations and non-governmental organsations, including the International Trade Centre and UNICEF, the forum will also help to catalyse coherent policy dialogue on critical climate, energy and environment related issues. Discussion themes include enabling sustainable supply chains, scaling climate finance, leveraging sustainable innovation and developing effective carbon pricing mechanisms.

“Acting on climate goals means breaking down silos between business and policy and bridging global and local engagement,” said Gerald Podobnik, Head of Sustainability at Deutsche Bank Corporate Bank. “The Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Forum is the ideal venue to unify stakeholders and establish common ground to a more sustainable path”

ICC’s Environment and Energy Lead, Sandra Hanni said: “Following the grim outlook set out by the IPCC with its latest report, there has never been a greater need for responsible actors to cut through the noise to align climate intentions with real action. By providing a platform for diverse partners to showcase their ideas, our aim is to identify climate policies and operational strategies that have been successful as well as new and scalable initiatives which will enable the business community to play an even greater transformational role in addressing the global climate crisis.” 

To complement live and pre-recorded conference content, ICC will be facilitating virtual networking experiences on the event platform, ensuring that connections made during the conference extend well beyond COP 26.

Prospective participants are welcome to indicate their interest in receiving an invitation to the event here.

Organisations wishing to host sessions on the conference platform are welcome to submit their interest in doing so using this form by Friday, 17 September.

Partnership and sponsorship enquiries can be directed to ICC External Affairs Advisor Sabrina Klayman.