Companies commit to action
The initial wave of companies making global pledges to 1t.org include Amazon, APRIL Group, AstraZeneca, Brambles, Capgemini, Clif Bar, Daterra Coffee, Eni, HP Inc., Iberdrola, Mastercard, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Salesforce, SAP, Shell, Suzano, Teck Resources Ltd., tentree, Travelers, Unilever, UPS, VMware and Zurich Insurance Group.
Companies also work collaboratively through the 1t.org Corporate Alliance by committing to leadership, action, integrity, transparency and learning.
The alliance allows companies to jointly tackle common challenges and connects companies with 1t.org’s community of innovators, partners and regional chapters.
Why trees are crucial
Healthy and resilient trees and forests are one part of the efforts needed to combat climate change.
Studies have shown trees can reduce urban heat island effects by up to 5°C and energy costs by $7.8 billion a year.
Globally, sustainable management of forests could create $230 billion in business opportunities and 16 million jobs worldwide by 2030.
From a health perspective, trees absorb 17.4 million tonnes of air pollutants a year, helping to prevent 670,000 cases of asthma and other acute respiratory symptoms annually.
The chance of extreme wildfires occurring also decreases dramatically when forests are managed properly by, for example, growing specially selected tree species in burned areas and using novel planting techniques for resilience to future wildfires.
1t.org is encouraging all corporations that have set a Paris Agreement-aligned emissions reduction target to get in touch and submit a pledge.