The health of our planet is deteriorating fast and concern for the environment is growing worldwide. According to NASA, carbon dioxide levels are at their highest in 650,000 years; 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Artic ice is melting at 13.2% per decade, and global sea levels have risen nearly 178mm over the last 100 years.
We all play a key role in protecting our planet, its resources and the creatures that inhabit it. If we don’t fulfil our duty of care to the planet, the worlds we see in fiction will become reality. Organizations must take responsibility for our planet. We must reduce the impact of our activities, and help our customers and suppliers evaluate, manage and reduce the impact of theirs.
At CWT, we put our written commitment to environmental stewardship into practice by measuring and reporting our carbon emissions, setting targets to reduce them, running regular internal awareness campaigns, and encouraging initiatives that reduce our total environmental impact, on a global scale.
As signatories of the UN Global Compact, climate change mitigation is an ongoing journey for us. We’ll continue to do our best to contribute to UN SDG Goal 13: “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.
As famously stated in the Brundtland report published in 1987: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Blog author: Françoise Grumberg, Vice-President, Global Responsible Business