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ICC Call for Climate Action 2015

Based on ICC’s long tradition of corporate citizenship and self-regulation, ICC calls on its members to continue, scale up, and communicate their climate actions.

Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges influencing the way business is done today and in the decades to come. To realize growth opportunities and to strengthen companies´ and societies´ prosperity and resilience, it is vital that the business community in all countries — and across every business sector — addresses climate change.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (“COP21”) aims to deliver the first universal climate change agreement involving all countries in actions to effectively tackle climate change and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies — while keeping the rise in global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius.

Now more than ever, a prosperous, low-carbon and resilient economy of the future depends on the solutions, capabilities, contributions and engagement of business.

Many of the more than 6.5 million companies of all sizes, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries that make up the ICC global network, are already complying with governmental regulations, taking part in climate markets and undertaking voluntary climate actions. Based on ICC’s long tradition of corporate citizenship and self-regulation, ICC calls on its members to continue, scale up, and communicate their climate actions.

ICC will continue to engage in dialogues and support stronger public private partnerships on the international, national, and local level. ICC will engage its members across the many domains of ICC’s activities to work with the international community and with peers to further elaborate and provide business technical expertise and policy advice to the UNFCCC, and to contribute on public awareness, solutions, voluntary rules and guidelines, and continue its role as business focal point to the UNFCCC.

We urge governments to secure a global climate deal at COP21 that works with business to speed emissions reductions, provide enabling conditions for investment and innovation, and build climate resilience in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In combination with a strong set of policy signals from all major nations, and in the context of open trade and investment, it will enable business and society to continue the evolution to a low-carbon, resilient economy that will generate growth, prosperity, and jobs for all.