IKEA, Philips, Unilever find economic opportunity in tackling climate change

Companies join Ceres, White House representatives to discuss best practices and strategies during COP in Warsaw
Nov 19, 2013 10:30 AM ET

WARSAW, POLAND, November 19, 2013 /3BL Media/ – On Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 PM CET/12:00 PM EST, executives from IKEA, Philips and Unilever will join representatives of Ceres and the Obama Administration to discuss the economic benefits of tackling climate change at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 19.  Ceres will facilitate the panel discussion, where executives will discuss what their companies are doing to tackle climate change, how it presents a global economic opportunity, and why policymakers and the public must join them in taking action.

The panel brings to life a positive global trend: two-third’s of Fortune’s Global 100 have made commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy use, or both.  As more companies advocate for strong climate policies at the local, national and global level, it is essential that their corporate lobbying practices align with their internal sustainability goals.  This concept is further explored in the Guide to Responsible Engagement in Climate Policy, released jointly at COP 19 by the U.N. Global Compact, the secretariat of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.N. Environment Programme, the World Resources Institute, CDP, WWF, Ceres and The Climate Group.


White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley, Chair

Ceres, Lance Pierce, Executive Director

IKEA Group, Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer

Philips, Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting

Unilever, Thomas Lingard, Global Advocacy Director


            Wednesday, November 20, 2013
            6:00 PM CET/12:00 PM EST


           LIVE: US Center, National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

            USTREAM: http://www.ustream.tv/uscenter

Aaron Pickering, 617-247-0700 x. 148, pickering@ceres.org    

            Flip Dotsch, +31 06 11375464, flip.dotsch@unilever.com

            Jamie Rusby, +46(0)723 527 369, jamie.rusby@ikea.com


Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business and investor leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of over 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $12 trillion. Ceres also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), an advocacy coalition of nearly 30 businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation. For more information, visit http://www.ceres.org or follow on Twitter @CeresNews.