Coinciding with the Paris climate summit (COP 21), Levi Strauss & Co.’s Chip Bergh and VF Corp.’s Eric Wiseman are among chief executive officers who called on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement that will stem emissions of greenhouse gases.
“We come together to acknowledge that climate change is harming the world in which we operate,” said the statement, also signed by executives from Gap Inc., Hennes & Mauritz AB, Eileen Fisher, Adidas Group and Burton Snowboards. The initiative was coordinated by the Boston-based nonprofit organization Ceres.
The statement issued Thursday cited droughts, temperature shifts and other impacts that will make apparel production “more difficult and costly.”
“Climate change mitigation and technological innovation are vital to the health and well-being of those who make and use our products, as well as to the future supply of materials needed to make those materials,” it read.
The statement also called for mechanisms in the COP21 negotiations — running until Dec. 11 — to ensure “net zero greenhouse gas emissions well before the end of the century,” including guarantees that national climate commitments are strengthened every five years, starting in 2020.
Separately, French designer Agnès Troublé, better known as agnès b., is hosting a flurry of initiatives in Paris concurrent with the United Nations conference, ranging from inviting leaders and experts to discuss ways to mitigate climate change to having the Tara schooner — a vessel more used to scientific expeditions in the Arctic than events on Paris’ Right Bank — docked at the Port des Champs Elysées, near the Grand Palais, through Dec. 18. Later today, the pavilion is to be the scene for a conference called COP21 Oceans Day that Troublé is cohosting with Global Ocean Forum, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the Ocean and Climate Platform.
Meanwhile, Parley for the Oceans and Adidas Group are to host an “Oceans. Climate. Life” discussion on Tuesday in Paris.