15 Feb 2008 05:02:28
Businesses 'have role to play' in preventing climate change
Businesses will have to change the way they operate to cope with the issues posed by climate change, the chief executive of Coca-Cola has claimed.
Speaking at a meeting organised by the Carbon Trust, Neville Isdell told senior executives from firms such as Centrica, Marks & Spencer, Boeing and Cadbury Schweppes that the solution to addressing the issue of climate change will be developed through the interaction between businesses, governments and civil society.
The Telegraph reported today that Mr Isdell claimed that corporate citizenship is one of the keys to combat climate change, as shareholders will eventually pull support from firms that do not comply with low-carbon policy.
"The return is that you are working to build functioning societies and functioning communities around the issues where you've got a footprint and where you have an impact," he said.
Meanwhile, this week the IT industry in the UK addressed the issue of carbon emissions by pledging to improve electrical efficiency by 30 per cent by 2030.