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Thursday 03 December, 2015


Rethinking Business: COP 21 – An unmissable opportunity in the fight against climate change

Next week, as the international community gathers for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, we’ll be hosting the third roundtable in our ‘Rethinking Business’ event series, in partnership with the Financial Times.  

The Rethinking Business series was designed to convene debate on the major challenges facing the business community, with a particular focus on sustainability.  As the biggest event in the sustainability calendar this year, COP21 provides the perfect backdrop for our audience of business leaders, academics, think tanks and policy makers to discuss the issue of climate change and the roles of government, business and civil society in delivering the transition to a low-carbon economy.   

It is widely hoped that COP21 will be the conference at which a meaningful international agreement is reached and robust national targets are set to combat climate change.  The roundtable will present an opportunity to explore possible outcomes and ensure collaborative efforts against climate change continue well into the future. This will include a focus on whether it will deliver strong legally binding, national targets for emissions reductions and set a clear and credible goal of net-zero emissions well before the end of the century. Participants will also be asked to consider what role they can play individually to ensure the goal of limiting temperature rises to below 2°C remains within reach. 

Chaired by the Financial Times’ Chief Content Editor Andrew Jack and our European President, Hubert Patricot, we’ll be joined by participants from major organizations including the UN Global Compact, ADEME, EDF, the Circular Economy Institute, the European Parliament, Diageo, Kellogg Company and BUPA. 

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director at The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, will also help facilitate the discussion. 

This event follows two successful roundtables which took place earlier this year; the first on integrating sustainability and finance and the second on creating value in a resource constrained world. Next year we’ll be continuing the series with themes that are not only important to our business but which are fundamental to manage today’s social, economic and environmental concerns and build a more sustainable future.  

Each of our roundtables in the Rethinking Business series will be chaired by an FT journalist and hosted by a member of our Executive Leadership Team. For more information, or to tell us your views on the topics we’re discussing, please visit the series website here.

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