Some of Australia’s biggest corporations joined a City of Sydney roundtable today with the aim of accelerating strong actions to deliver net zero emissions.
The B-Team – co-founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz – joined Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and representatives from the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development for the Net Zero Carbon by 2050 workshop.
Businesses represented included Mirvac, IKEA, Lendlease, Cbus Super, ClimateWorks, Investor Group on Climate Change and Monash University.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the B Team’s work had shown that many of the world’s biggest businesses were committed to changing their operations for the public’s benefit.
“The next four years are crucial – they will determine if we meet the Paris Agreement’s commitment to less than two degrees Celsius temperature rise, or fail,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’ve committed to net zero emissions by 2050 but we can’t hit that target by doing things the way we’ve always done them. That’s why we’ve invited in some of the business world’s best and brightest.
“This workshop helped identify some of the obstacles to hitting our ambitious targets – and more importantly, potential solutions that will allow us to leap over those obstacles.
Some of the world’s biggest business leaders make up the B Team. They had grown frustrated by the failure of Plan A – where businesses are motivated primarily by profit – and its social, environmental and economic impacts.
The B Team’s representative Sharan Burrow is all too familiar with Australia, having served as President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions for 10 years before taking on her current role as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.
“The B Team is committed to changing the way we do business. As part of our transformation, we want to ensure that workers aren’t left behind,” Ms Burrow said.
“What’s better for our planet is also better for our people and our businesses. Our aim is to get millions of business and government leaders committed to a better way of doing business, because Plan A clearly isn’t working.
“I’m excited to work with the City of Sydney, Sustainability Advantage and Australian business leaders to find new and innovative ways of operating.”
Speakers at the Net Zero by 2050 workshop include:
- Lord Mayor Clover Moore
- Sharan Burrow – B Team
- Professor John Thwaites – Monash Sustainability Institute
- Chris Derksema – City of Sydney
- Alice Cahill – Sustainability Advantage
- Anna Skarbek – ClimateWorks Australia
- Sam Mostyn – Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development
- Paul Edwards – Mirvac
- Kate Ringvall – IKEA
- Rowan Griffin – LendLease
- David Atkin – Cbus
- Greg Combet AM– Consultant
- Emma Herd – Investor Group on Climate Change
The City is presenting the event in partnership with the international B Team and the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program.
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