By Brian Collett — Businesses must lead the action against climate change. The call was issued by 200 US and international business leaders meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Corporate bosses had met for the inaugural conference of their newly formed body, Companies Vs. Climate Change, to determine how they can work together to tackle the global problem.
The organisation, open to professionals in all companies attempting to minimise their carbon footprint, now aims to bring together business stakeholders to work on ideas and will open discussions with the US government.
Companies represented in the organisation include the vehicle rental group Hertz, the fast food chain Subway, the Amtrak railway network, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
The founding sponsor is TD Bank, one of the ten largest US banks. Other sponsors include the diversified industrial group Ingersoll Rand, the boutique brand Spinnaker Group, and the solar equipment supplier Enernoc.
Jason Youner, chief executive of Companies Vs. Climate Change, said: “We are proud to have convened this first corporate conversation since the [presidential] election to discuss innovative solutions to tackle the climate crisis.
“This inaugural event kicks off a series of annual conferences where we will convene leaders to find business-driven solutions to tackle climate change.”