The Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), which develops business-driven solutions to address climate change, has accepted seven new organisational members: technology company Biocode, cement manufacturer Finnsementti, the Hanken School of Economics, outdoor power tool manufacturer Husqvarna Group, law firm Procope & Hornborg Attorneys, construction materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain Finland, and the University of Eastern Finland.

The new additions bring the total number of CLC organizational members up to 87 and strengthen CLC’s position as Europe’s largest climate business network.

“Biocode is the most reliable tool for climate-smart food. We help conscious companies and individuals to identify tangible ways of decarbonising food production to reverse global heating. We have built the Biocode Impact online service for continuous tracking and communication of carbon footprints of food products. We are excited to collaborate with CLC members and find new co-operation opportunities,” says Ernesto Hartikainen, CEO, Biocode

“Finnsementti is actively reducing its CO2 and environmental impacts and we have an important role in the whole Finnish building industry’s reduction targets. Finnsementti drives an ambitious circular economy agenda as we use other industries’ waste and by-products as raw material substitutes and fuel in our processes. We are keen to share our experiences and learn from our CLC partners,” says Miikka Riianheimo, Managing Director, Finnsementti.

“Hanken has committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 and has compensated for its calculated CO2 emissions for 2019. As a university, Hanken is equipped to participate in CLC subcommittees in which its research expertise can assist organisations in reducing their climate change impact, and its academics can make a contribution to CLC’s strategy and objectives,” says Karen Spens, Rector, Hanken School of Economics.

“Society needs to shift to a low-carbon, circular economy. The CLC’s policy work will be an excellent way to take part in dialogue on EU carbon pricing, which is an important building block to deliver on our Science-based target to reduce CO2 emissions across our value chain in line with what is required to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. We have set a high ambition that stretches to the emissions that occur when our products are being used. Insights from other leaders and dialogue with policy makers will help us get there,” says Henric Andersson, President and CEO, Husqvarna Group.

“The law firm Procope & Hornborg was established in 1918, and our client base is very strong. We have extensive experience, especially in energy and environmental law, as well as the practical and legal sides of shipping and logistics. We regularly advise our customers, for example energy companies, that are transitioning from coal, peat and oil to renewable forms of energy production,” says Ismo Hentula, Chairman of the Board, Procope & Hornborg Attorneys.

“Saint-Gobain Finland is known for its construction products: insulation, gypsum and industrial mortars. Saint-Gobain has been assessing the environmental impacts of its products with Life Cycle Assessment since the 1990s. Our target is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 for the whole of Saint-Gobain, and in Finland we have set our carbon neutrality target as 2035, to meet the nation’s ambitious goal. Our specific areas of interest within CLC activities are promoting systemic change in the carbon-neutral circular economy and carbon footprint and handprint calculation,” says Olli Nikula, CEO, Saint-Gobain Finland Oy.

“The University of Eastern Finland has a strong teaching and research record related to climate change and circular economy. Environmental change and sustainable use of natural resources is one of the four profile areas of the university’s research and education. The UEF staff is highly motivated to take positive climate actions. Our ambitious carbon neutrality target is an additional motivation to look for inspiration and best practices,” says Jukka Mönkkönen, Rector, University of Eastern Finland.

CLC has accepted Pekka Ala-Pietilä, George KellMarkku MarkkulaAva Numminen-Päiväläinen and Jeremy Oppenheim as personal members. The number of CLC personal members has risen to 45.

Ala-Pietilä is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Huhtamäki and Sanoma and HERE Technologies, a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP and former President of Nokia Oyj. Kell is Chairman of Arabesque Partners and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Markkula is Chair of the Espoo City Board and Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions. Numminen-Päiväläinen is an Occupational Health Psychologist. Oppenheim is a Founding Partner of SYSTEMIQ and former Programme Director of the New Climate Economy Project.

“I have followed the progress of CLC for some years and it has been a pleasure to see how the climate movement is proceeding within the business world. CLC has added value in this space and there are still major opportunities ahead internationally and domestically. I am happy to join CLC and will do my best in supporting the association,” says Pekka Ala-Pietilä.

“Systemic solutions are needed for climate change mitigation and to increase investment levels. There is significant momentum for developing climate solutions, but we need to rapidly accelerate mitigation actions. CLC has and continues to do excellent work in this area. It is an honour to join and support CLC in this area,” says George Kell.

“I am very pleased that CLC will launch a theme group for climate-smart cities. I am proud to be able to channel CLC’s ideas to the EU’s official decision-making bodies and European Committee of the Regions. The role of cities and public-private partnerships in implementing the newly approved EU Climate Adaptation Strategy is crucial. The EU recovery funds can provide a substantial boost to systemic transformation and urgently needed technology-assisted innovations,” says Markku Markkula.

“For a long time, I have been interested in the psychology of climate change and how people can avoid depression and instead energise themselves to take action for the climate in their own lives. It is excellent that CLC has mobilised citizens to take climate actions and is now establishing a Climate and Health theme group. I am honoured to be a part of CLC and will do my best in helping in its mission,” says Ava Numminen-Päiväläinen.

“I learned about CLC in 2015 when I was invited to give a talk to its members. CLC has done remarkable work in getting businesses and other organisations to take an active role in climate change mitigation. I am excited to join and support CLC to achieve its goals. I am very glad that CLC has raised the issue of carbon pricing this year and initiated the Call on Carbon campaign. A climate transition would be a hundred times easier with a reliable carbon price corridor between the EU, US, China and other like-minded countries,” says Jeremy Oppenheim.

Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chair of the CLC board, warmly welcomes the new members to CLC’s network.

“Our growing membership base and network of partners enhance CLC’s potential to support Finnish, Nordic and EU decision-makers in work to mitigate climate change and planning and implementing the European Green Deal. The continuing expansion of our membership in the other Nordic countries is an important step for CLC,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström.

CLC is a non-profit association and its members employ 520,000 people globally. CLC’s corporate members represent about 70% of the market cap of OMX Nasdaq Helsinki. CLC’s members believe that transitioning society towards a sustainable economy and consumption habits is not only possible but also economically viable.

More information: Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 50 453 4881 and Kari Mokko, Development Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 40 751 3281.