The Climate Change Leadership Coalition (CLC), which develops business-led solutions for climate change, continues to grow and is pleased to welcome Kesko Corporation as an organisational member and Emeritus Professor Esko Valtaoja as a personal member.

“Kesko is the first Finnish company to set climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. We have set targets to reduce emissions from facilities, transportation and the supply chain. Kesko commits to 90% of its key suppliers setting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets by 2025. Joining the CLC network will give us more insight into the climate mitigation opportunities and will strengthen our influence in the wider implementation of best practises,” says Mikko Helander, President and CEO, Kesko Corporation.

“I have followed the development of the CLC network over the years and have been impressed with its wide influence on our society and businesses. I am honoured to join and will support CLC and its members in the mitigation of climate change. I am confident that we can mitigate it and avoid the worst consequences,” says Esko Valtajoja, Emeritus Professor of Space Astronomy, University of Turku.

“I wish Kesko and Esko Valtaoja warmly welcome to CLC. Kesko, through pioneering many sustainability and climate mitigation solutions in retail, and Esko Valtaoja, one of the best-known scientists in Finland, will significantly strengthen our competencies and network,” says Henrik Ehrnrooth, Chairman of the CLC Board.

CLC is the largest climate-business NGO in the EU measured by number of member organisations. Its members include 64 major companies and organisations, whose stock market value is more than half of that of the Helsinki Stock Exchange. The Coalition’s members believe that a profound transition by society towards sustainable consumption habits and economy is not only possible but also economically viable and financeable.

For further information, please contact:

Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Leadership Coalition, jouni.keronen(at), tel.: +358 50 453 4881