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Down to business on climate change: An overview of corporate strategies

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Climate politics saw some strange bedfellows at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. A Europe-led business association, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the global environmental organisation Greenpeace issued a joint statement calling for an ‘international framework’ to address the issue of climate change. While not openly calling for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the WBCSD voiced support for the pending agreement as the basis for a set of new common rules to combat the problem (see Ball 2002a).

At the press conference, WBCSD President Bj√∂rn Stigson stressed the economic importance of ensuring that companies in countries that mandate greenhouse gas emission reductions would not be penalised by competition with firms in countries lacking such restrictions. ‘For us, it is not good if we end up with a situation where there are different frameworks in different countries. Otherwise, you might end up with a playing field that is not level.’

This paper has also been published in Greener Management International 39 (2002).
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Keywords: change; climate; corporate; overview; strategies

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 09 March 2005

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