Secretary-General Highlights Global Compact With Seattle Business Leaders
Seattle, 26 October 2009
) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with leading
business executives in Seattle, USA, encouraging them to continue to advance environmental
sustainability through initiatives such as the UN Global Compact.
In a luncheon with more than 120 business and civic leaders, organized by the Greater Seattle
Chamber of Commerce, the Secretary-General emphasized that climate change poses both a crisis and
an opportunity to retool the global economy.
"I am encouraged to know that the city of Seattle and you as business and civic leaders are
helping to show the way forward", the Secretary-General said. “I understand that the Seattle
Climate Action Now initiative is helping to reduce emissions from homes, workplaces and roads. I am
told that many of you have begun to shift to low-carbon solutions in how you operate and in the
products and services you offer. I look forward to more such progress".
During the luncheon, business executives from a number of companies shared their perspectives
on the importance of environmental responsibility -- including Mr. Clifford Burrows, President of
Starbucks; Mr Billy Glover, Senior Vice President of Boeing; Mr Craig Mundie, Chief Strategy
Officer at Microsoft; Ms Sara Kendall, Vice President at Weyerhaeuser; and Mr Karl Krug, CEO at MTI
The Secretary-General noted that three Seattle-area companies are participants in the UN
Global Compact -- Microsoft, MTI Worldwide Logistics, and Starbucks -- and he urged other companies
to join the Compact as well as its special program "Caring for Climate". The UN Global Compact is
today the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world with over 7000 business
participants and stakeholders, the Secretary-General noted.
Phil Bussey, President and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce said: "Coming six
weeks before the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, this was a historic opportunity for the local
business community to participate in the dialogue about global sustainability, which is so critical
to the health of our community and our economy".
The Secretary-General was visiting Seattle as part of an on-going effort to raise awareness
in U.S. cities of United Nations' priorities, including climate change. While in Seattle, he also
received an honorary degree from the University of Washington.
Read Secretary-General's Remarks
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