Businesses respond to global climate strike

Millions of people joined climate change protests around the world on 20 September, an act supported by several major companies and a new corporate group called ‘Business Declares’.

Posted on 25 September 2019

 

Millions of people joined climate change protests around the world on 20 September, an act supported by several major companies and a new corporate group called ‘Business Declares’.

The global protest, which saw school pupils skip school and workers go on strike in towns and cities across the North West and beyond, was instigated by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Manchester (pictured), including a ten year-old school pupil who took to the stage to lambast Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham following his speech to the crowd.

Hundreds also turned out in Liverpool, Lancaster, Preston, Carlisle and elsewhere across the North West.

According to a poll covered by The Guardian ahead of the strike, half of British people now see climate change as the most important global issue, with 76 per cent believing stronger action needs to be taken.

Corporate response

Several major companies came out in support of the protests by allowing their staff to join in, including  high street retailers The Body Shop, Lush and Patagonia. Meanwhile, manufacturer SodaStream shut down its entire global e-commerce operations for 24 hours.

Other companies saw hundreds or even thousands of staff walk out with or without their support, including Amazon - where more than 1,500 employees went on strike to push the company to put stronger climate plans in place.

Amazon responded on the day by announcing a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040, which includes an order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles.

‘Business Declares’

Meanwhile, a network of business leaders, including the chief executives of The Body Shop and electricity supplier Ecotricity, launched a new ‘Business Declares’ group to share best practice on how to declare a climate emergency and deliver meaningful corporate action.

The group aims to provide resources to help other businesses collaborate and deliver their own plans.

 

 

Posted under General Interest and Climate Change and What it Means to You on 25 September 2019