“We Mean Business” coalition to be launched at Climate Week NYC

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5 September 2014

NEW YORK: Amid growing evidence of the threat to profits and increased risks resulting from climate change, top businesses and investors will make the case for bold climate action in New York on September 22 2014, on the occasion of the launch of “We Mean Business.”

We Mean Business is a coalition of organizations that work with thousands of leading companies and investors from across all sectors, including BSR, The B Team, CDP, Ceres, The Climate Group, Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD. The coalition aims to amplify a unified business voice in the climate debate and highlight the fast-growing opportunities offered by the transition to a low carbon economy.

We Mean Business will hold a press conference call on Tuesday, September 9 at 10 am EDT/3 pm BST with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and CEOs of organizations representing the coalition. The press briefing will be a unique opportunity to:

  • Discuss the role of corporations and investors at the UN Climate Summit and during climate negotiations;
  • Get a preview of the new initiatives that will be announced during Climate Week NYC; and
  • Hear what the UN climate chief expects from business leaders this month and leading up to Paris 2015.

Press conference call – September 9

At the We Mean Business launch on September 22, on the Opening Day of Climate Week NYC, a global panel of leading corporate CEOs will discuss how a new clean industrial revolution is good for business and is strengthening their bottom lines. We Mean Business will also publish a landmark report illustrating the business case for low carbon action today and identifying policy measures that would allow business to go even further in helping to meet the climate change challenge. The launch will take place on the eve of the UN Climate Summit, which aims to catalyze action around climate change and bring it back to the top of the global agenda.

We Mean Business Launch – September 22, New York

Media contacts

Callum Grieve, We Mean Business, callum@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org

Sylvain Biville, Climate Week NYC, media@theclimategroup.org

About We Mean Business

We Mean Business is a coalition of organisations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. These businesses recognize that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. To accelerate this transition, we have formed a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyze bold climate action by all, and promote smart policy frameworks.

The We Mean Business coalition members are: BSRThe B TeamCDPCeresThe Climate GroupPrince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD.

www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org - @WMBtweets

About Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. The Climate Group launched Climate Week NYC in 2009, and has acted as the secretariat since its inception. This year CDP is co-convenor of the Opening Day on September 22.

Host to about 100 events from September 22-28, Climate Week NYC 2014 is the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit that will take place on September 23.

Climate Week NYC 2014 is supported by founding sponsor Swiss Re, as well as Lockheed MartinHP,CBREthe Dutch Postcode Lottery and the We Mean Business coalitionThe Weather Company is our media partner.

www.climateweeknyc.org - @ClimateWeekNYC - #CWNYC

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