Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), which develops business-driven solutions to climate change, has warmly welcomed three new organisational members: trade union confederation Akava, the dairy and food company Valio and the Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation.

These new members take the number of CLC’s organisational members to 71 and strengthens CLC’s position as the largest non-profit climate business network in Europe.

“Akava was the first confederation of unions in Finland to establish a comprehensive climate policy. We are pleased to be the first trade union confederation joining CLC to promote the mitigation of climate change”, says Akava’s President Sture Fjäder.

“Valio launched an ambitious climate programme, Carbon-neutral Milk Chain 2035, in November 2018. Our target is a net-zero carbon-balance in the whole value chain. Membership of CLC is an interesting opportunity to work together to develop the dairy and food sector across Finland”, says Valio’s CEO Annikka Hurme.

“The Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation’s 2020–2025 strategy aims to focus its resources on finding solutions for the global environmental crisis and, in particular, cutting emissions volumes fast. We are looking forward to strengthen with CLC the dialogue between experts and decision-makers and provoke discussion on the urgency of curbing climate change”, says Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation’s Head of Development Anna Herlin.

CLC has also welcomed as a personal member the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Hannele Pokka. Her membership takes the number of personal members to 28.

“I am very pleased to join CLC, which developes business-driven solutions to climate change. As an environmental lawyer, I see a lot of possibilities how governments and politicians can support and help the progress towards carbon neutral society together with businesses”, says Hannele Pokka.

“I wish our new members warmly welcome to CLC’s operations. It’s encouraging that interest in our organisation continues to grow from strength to strength. Our growing membership and partnership network increases our possibilities to support Finnish decision-makers in work to mitigate climate change as wel as the EU in planning and implementing the Green Deal,” says chair of CLC’s Board of Directors Henrik Ehrnrooth.

CLC is a non-profit organisation and its members employ 400 000 people worldwide. The stock market value of CLC’s company members is almost 70% of the Helsinki Stock Exchange. The Coalition’s members believe that a profound transition of society towards sustainable consumption habits and economy is not only possible but also economically viable.

For more information: Jouni Keronen, CEO, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 50 453 4881 and Kari Mokko, Development Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 40 751 3281