Diversey hosts climate summit

15th of June 2010
Diversey hosts climate summit

More than 100 European business leaders met in Amsterdam at the end of April to outline their efforts to address the environmental and economic risks of climate change. The event was hosted by Diversey, and the company also released its 2009 Global Responsibility Report at the event. Chairman Curt Johnson introduced the programme.

Speakers included senior executives from leading European corporations, including Kempinski Hotels, Ahold, Bunzl, Check Safety First, Hectas, Inpacs, NH Hotels and OCS. Curt Johnson gave the opening address with a challenge to the international business community to rethink its approach to climate change.

“The ability of industry to successfully address climate change will hinge on creating a collective mindset that carbon emissions are waste,” he said.  “Every successful business finds ways to minimise waste.  By treating greenhouse gas as a form of waste, we create a sea change in our perspective on how to address climate change.”

Keynote speaker was Donald Pols, a climate expert with the World Wildlife Fund in The Netherlands. To put into perspective the impact companies can have, Pols said the members of the WWF’s Climate Savers program together reduced 50 megatons of CO2, equivalent to one-quarter of the emissions of The Netherlands.

“The companies and associations who joined us today agree that sustainability is good business and are pursuing it with excellence in their daily operations,” said Diversey president and ceo Ed Lonergan.  “We can make a huge difference in the world by reducing the environmental impact of our operations while also creating value for our shareholders.”

To view the Global Responsibility Report visit www.diversey.com/2009GRR


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