Seal the Deal: Help Ensure A Global Climate Agreement

Seal the Deal
Author: Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel

Seal the Deal is a new campaign launched by the United Nations that aims to ensure a global commitment to addressing climate change by reducing harmful global warming pollution. Consider joining the campaign by urging your local businesses to sign on before its too late.

According to the Seal the Deal website:

Seal the Deal! is a UN campaign calling for a fair, balanced and effective post-Kyoto climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 15), to be held from 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen. In support of Seal the Deal!, The Global Compact is reaching out to its participants to galvanize global business support for the campaign.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved. First and foremost, sign up and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to sign on. As of October 14 (alright, so this is an update) over 321,000 individuals have signed up to urge their leaders to take global action on climate change.

Secondly, Seal the Deal is targeting business leaders, so pass this on to the businesses in your community:

  1. CEO Testimonial: Express in 100 words or less why you support an effective climate agreement. All testimonials will be published on this site (see below) and shared with the world’s Heads of State and Government gathering at UN Headquarters on 22 September for the UN’s high-level summit on climate change. Please send your testimonial to seal.the.deal@unglobalcompact.org.

  2. Awareness-raising: Use your public relations and marketing channels and help spread the word about Seal the Deal! From now until December, place the Seal the Deal! logo on press releases, publications, letterheads and consider putting it on product packaging, as well!

  3. Responsible Lobbying: Instruct government affairs teams and trade associations to lobby governments everywhere vigorously and relentlessly to reach an agreement in Copenhagen.

  4. Encourage your employees to sign the UN Climate Petition.

Dozens of businesses big and small from around the world have signed on and written CEO statements, including Volvo Cars, Calvert Investments, L'Oreal, Siemens AG and Ericsson AB. The companies come hail from a diverse range industries, from financial and telecommunications to construction, chemical manufacturing, and oil and gas production.

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