The CEOs of 10 global food companies pledge to accelerate business action on climate change

The CEOs of 10 global food companies pledged to accelerate business action on climate change and urged U.S. and world leaders to form a robust international agreement at COP21 in December in a joint letter coordinated by Ceres. The signatories are the CEOs of Mars, IncGeneral MillsUnileverKellogg CompanyNestlé USANew Belgium BrewingBen & Jerry’sClif BarStonyfield Farm and Dannon USA.

“It’s extraordinary to see these iconic food companies, many of which are long-standing competitors, unite at this pivotal moment to urge our political leaders to act swiftly and decisively on global warming, which poses a direct threat to global food supplies,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres.

“As a society we face immense challenges, including climate change, water scarcity   and deforestation,” said Grant Reid, President and CEO of Mars, Inc. “We cannot stand back and simply accept these things as they are. We’re calling on the business community and global leaders to work together to set a new way forward. We can, and must, do more.”

“Global weather patterns affect crop yields, water availability and infrastructure integrity. These changes impact the business we do every day as well as the work of farmers, suppliers and distributors across our vast network of partners,” said Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA.

The letter was published in Washington Post and Financial Times. It outlines efforts the companies will make, including reenergizing their efforts to make their supply chains sustainable, speaking transparently about their efforts and sharing best practices with other companies, and advocating for governments to set clear, achievable, measurable, and enforceable, science-based targets for carbon emissions reductions.

“We are asking you to embrace the opportunity presented to you in Paris, and to come back with a sound agreement, properly financed, that can affect real change,” the letter reads.