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The Case for Business Action on Climate Change

As members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and on behalf of the 93 companies included in this letter, we recognize that regardless of faith, we can all appreciate the call to climate action contained in Pope Francis’ encyclical, “On Care for our Common Home.” It is a universal message – one that speaks to the challenges climate change is having on society and the environment and the role of individuals, civil society and institutions to address them.

For years, the body of science behind climate change has grown clearer and more focused. The planet is warming with severe consequences that threaten business growth and a healthy economy. We believe that we have reached a tipping point on climate change and that there is an unstoppable shift to a global economy that is significantly less harmful to the environment. As the world transitions to this new economy, it will be important to provide economic progress and a higher quality of life for all people in all regions of the world.

The private sector will play a key role in this transition and can help build prosperity and secure a better world for what will soon be nine billion people. Increasingly, business leaders are working collaboratively with competitors and with nongovernmental organizations to set goals to significantly reduce natural resource use, invest in clean energy, improve global health and feed more people. A common thread that cuts across all of these efforts is finding new and innovative ways to use technology to achieve these social and environmental commitments.

No company is perfect. But, all companies are made up of people who want to leave a higher quality of life and a better world for generations to come. As leaders of these companies, we are committed to using our innovation, scale and entrepreneurial spirit to seek ways to address both the environmental and societal challenges created by climate change. Ahead of the Paris climate negotiations this December, we will help do our part to facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy.

Companies

4Sight Consulting
Abc
Accenture Portugal
Access Bank PLC
ADELCO S.A.
AkzoNobel
Aldemar Resorts
All Waste Services
Altri SGPS GA
Ambiosfera LDA
APCER
Arcadis
Athens International Airport
BCSD Portugal
Bosch Portugal
Brisa Auto Estradas
Cebu Holdings Inc
CH2M
CLP Hong Kong Ltd
Codana S.A.
Comboios de Portugal EPE
Compania Azucarera Valdez
COSMOTE
CUF
DBP
De Beers Consolidated Mines
De Groene Zaak
Deloitte France
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
Den Co. Ltd.
Development Bank of the Philippines
DuPont
Ecoelectric S.A.
Ecoportal
Ecuaquimica
EDIA
EDP - Energias de Portugal
Efacec
ELVAL SA Hellenic Aluminum Industry
Energy Development Corp
Epikinonia
Estudio Juridico Manzano & Asociados
ETVA Industrial and Business Parks
Fibria
First Phils Holding Corp
Fuji Zerox NZ
Fujitsu New Zealand
Fyffes
Global Sustain L.P.
Grupo Mutual
HALCOR SA
Instituto Nacional de Seguros de Costa Rica
International Flavors & Fragrances
J&P- AVAX Group
Jeronimo Martins
Kantor Management Consultants
Kellogg Company
Liberty Seguros
LIPOR
Management Force Group
Manila Water Company Inc
Maynilad Water Services Inc
Michelin France
Monsanto
Nestle SA
Novozymes
OTE S.A.
Ovo Solutions
P&G
Palafox Architecture Group, Palafox Associates
PASAR Corp
PLDT
Poyry Oyj Plc
Pozzolanic Philippines
Procesadora Nacional de Alimentos C.A. Pronaca
Quality Net Foundation
Raycap
Royal DSM
SARMED SA
Sera Communications
Shell Philippines
Siam Cement PLC
SIEMBRA
Siemens
SM Prime Holdings
Smart Communications Inc
Sociedad Agricola e Industrial San Carlos SA
SONAE
Suez
Swiss Travel Costa Rica
Team Energy Foundation
Thought Partners
Titan Cement Company
Unilever
Unilever Philippenes
Veritas
Vieira de Almeida e Associados
Wellington Zoo
WIND Hellas Telecommunications
YPSILOM

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