A hundred Icelandic companies plan to sign a letter of intent committing to battle climate change prior to the Climate Change Conference due to be held in Paris in December, reports RÚV.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” said Ketill Berg Magnússon, Managing Director of Festa, the Icelandic Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. “We really didn’t know how much we could hope for, we expected maybe 10-15 interested companies that have been emphasising environmental issues but the turn out was much higher.”
The letter of intent will be signed at Höfði today and Ketill believes the enthusiasm shown highlights the real consequences that environmental issues have had on society and the running of businesses.
“A lot of company leaders have linked the environment with their ability to operate long term and have worked out that the way they run a company has to be in line with the beliefs of the society in which they operate,” said Ketill.
The companies who have committed to signing the letter are varied, large and small businesses within manufacturing, the service industry, universities and so on.