Today is the first day of Sign for my Future, a citizens' initiative that has grown to be the most comprehensive coalition ever of citizens, young people, business leaders, civil society, the media and academia, who have banded together to insist on a strong climate policy. KPMG supports this initiative and wishes to stimulate the business community to take concrete action to tackle global warming effectively.
Sign now for our future on www.signformyfuture.be/kpmg.
Sign for my Future calls on our country's policy makers to do everything in their power to keep global warming well under 2°C, and in fact, to strive for 1.5°C, as specified in the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Koen Maerevoet, CEO of KPMG in Belgium: “Transition to a low carbon society is essential. This will lead to improved air quality and better health for us all. It's crucial that the business community make a contribution by investing in sustainable technology and implementing smart measures to reduce our CO2 emissions. I believe this transition will result in more activities and jobs within a sustainable, innovative economy”.
KPMG wants to make a contribution. “It is vital that ‘Sign for my Future’ becomes more than just a non-binding commitment. At KPMG we, and our 1300 employees with us, are taking action to tackle these challenges today,” states Maerevoet.
In addition to its own measures, KPMG also supports many other companies and organizations in doing business sustainably. For instance, it helps companies with their reporting of “non-financial information” – with a significant emphasis on environmental effects and climate impact. After all, a study last year by KPMG revealed that only 25% of Belgian companies actively address the topic of climate change in their reports. Koen Maerevoet: “Companies must realize that climate change forms both a corporate risk and one to our entire society. That's why it's important for all of us to place this at the top of our agendas.”