(New York, 17 March 2008) – The United Nations Global Compact has appointed Mr. Claude Fussler, a former Vice President of Dow Chemical, as the new Programme Director for Caring for Climate (C4C), its climate change initiative. Mr. Fussler’s appointment will be for an initial duration of 12 months.
In preparation of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Copenhagen in December 2009, Mr. Fussler’s work will concentrate on broadening and deepening participants’ involvement in C4C, with a focus on companies from emerging markets. Additional responsibilities include the development of a report on actions undertaken by the C4C signatories; convening of the first meeting of signatories in September 2008; and the preparation of the World Business Summit on Climate Change, to be held in May 2009 in Copenhagen.
Caring for Climate was launched in July 2007 by the UN Global Compact, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The initiative is a voluntary and complementary action platform for Global Compact participants that seek to demonstrate leadership on climate change.
Signatories make a commitment to take practical actions, reduce the carbon burden of products, services and processes, set voluntary targets for doing so, and report publicly on the achievement of those targets. Since its launch, Caring for Climate has been endorsed by over 200 companies from all regions, and of all sizes and sectors.
Claude Fussler is an expert in business innovation and issue management with a focus on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has been an advisor to the Global Compact Office for many years, leading the development of the initiative’s Communication on Progress policy.
UN Global Compact Office