FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Business leaders are not waiting for policy changes on climate change. Declaring that "climate change is one of the biggest global challenges that will shape the way we do business now and in the coming decades," CEOs of 78 companies with operations in over 150 countries wrote an open letter to world leaders in April, 2015, calling for a substantive agreement on climate change. 81 U.S. companies later joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge – each announcing significant pledges to working towards ameliorating climate change – including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, increasing low-carbon investments, deploying more clean energy, and other actions to tackle climate change while building more sustainable businesses.
The "Companies vs. Climate Change" Conference (CvCC), (Nov 30-Dec 2 at the Hyatt in Ft. Lauderdale) convening on the one-year anniversary of the historic COP21 climate agreement, will celebrate corporate best practices and vet unsolved challenges faced on the path to tackling climate change. The conference will convene leaders on the bleeding edge of climate action, as well as companies seeking to rise to solving their piece of the climate change puzzle.
Even if global temperatures were to hold steady, harnessing the power of business would be essential to feed growing populations already vying for resources already impacted by the early impacts of climate change. And of course, the world of finance will need to adapt as well; business will require capital to meet climate change challenges.
"TD Bank is proud to partner with Companies vs. Climate Change. TD Bank understands the importance of environmental sustainability and the impact it has on the global economy and global wellness," said Joe Doolan, Head of U.S. Environmental Affairs, TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®. "TD Bank Group is the largest issuer of green bonds in the world and we've become a lender of choice for businesses that produce environmentally friendly products and support sustainable practices. "
Says CvCC Founder and CEO Jason Youner, "CvCC is dedicated to providing a forum for business leaders to connect around climate change, showcasing solutions that are already in play, and establishing a forum for collaboration for some of the more intractable problems we have yet to tackle. TD Bank is a great example of a company that got out in front on this. They became carbon neutral all the way back in 2010. We can all learn a great deal from them."
Companies with a track record of innovating and addressing the risks inherent in climate change will be session leaders for the conference. In addition to TD Bank, the speaker faculty to date features some of the most innovative and esteemed corporate leaders in sustainability, including: Biogen; Avery Dennison, SAP, Citi; EY; GE; Hershey; Ingersoll Rand; and, JetBlue.
About CvCC - Companies vs. Climate Change (CvCC) is an apolitical media and events company whose mission is to serve as a global forum for companies of all sizes to share best practices for solving climate change with wholly justifiable business value. CvCC strives to serve as a conduit that will bring companies together to create business driven solutions to the climate crisis.
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Companies Vs Climate Change
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