Business Ambition for 1.5°C

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Dear Business Leaders,


Climate change is undoubtedly the defining issue of our time — and we are at a pivotal moment.
The world today is facing unprecedented, interconnected environmental challenges. If we do not urgently change course, we risk missing our chance to avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.

However, there is still time to get the world back on track. We have the innovation, tools and expertise to make this happen — what we need now is leadership. We are at a critical juncture, where climate change is moving faster than we are every day, and as the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows every half degree makes a world of difference.

We know that our ambition and actions need to be bolder if we are to stand any chance of winning this race. That is why we are calling on you to step up and commit your business to set science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The business benefits of science-based climate action are clear. Leading companies are already proving that a 1.5°C-compliant business model is possible, and there is evidence that these companies will be best-placed to thrive as the global economy undergoes a just transition to a net-zero future by 2050.

We are inviting those visionary leaders who commit their companies to a 1.5°C target to be recognized in the lead up to COP 26 in November 2020 — emphasizing the implementable, scalable and replicable business solutions that will support a genuinely systemic transformation.

As a Chinese proverb says: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This is the moment for true leaders to take this bold step which can inspire others to follow.

Sincerely,


H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés
President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly
United Nations


Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba
UN Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit


Lise Kingo
CEO & Executive Director
UN Global Compact


Achim Steiner
Administrator
UN Development Programme


Patricia Espinosa
Executive Secretary
UNFCCC


Inger Andersen
Executive Director
UN Environment Programme


Liu Zhenmin
Under-Secretary-General
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Petteri Taalas
Secretary-General
World Meteorological Organization


Li Yong
Director-General
UNIDO


Jayathma Wickramanayake
UN Secretary-General’s
Envoy on Youth


Paul Simpson
Chief Executive Officer
CDP


Andrew Steer
President & CEO
World Resources Institute (WRI)



Manuel Pulgar Vidal
Climate & Energy Practice Leader
WWF


Nigel Topping
Chief Executive Officer
We Mean Business (WMB)


Christiana Figueres
Co-Founder
Global Optimism


Nicholas Stern
Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
London School of Economics


John Denton
Secretary General
International Chamber of Commerce


Paul Polman
Co-Founder & Chair of Imagine
SDG Advocate



Professor Klaus Schwab
Executive Chairman
World Economic Forum



Anand Mahindra
Chairman
Mahindra Group


Tomasz Chruszczow
High Level Champion for COP 24
Climate Champion through the Marrakech Partnership


Gonzalo Muñoz
High Level Champion for COP 25
Climate Champion through the Marrakech Partnership



Andrew Higham
Chief Executive Officer
Mission 2020


Aron Cramer
President & CEO
Business for Social Responsibility


Fiona Reynolds
Chief Executive Officer
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)



Halla Tómasdóttir
Chief Executive Officer
The B Team


Helen Clarkson
Chief Executive Officer
The Climate Group


Hugh Evans
President & CEO
Global Citizen


Kathleen Rogers
President
Earth Day Network


Kathy Calvin
Chief Executive Officer
United Nations Foundation



Mindy Lubber
CEO & President
Ceres


Peter Bakker
President & CEO
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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