Business for Clean Air principles
Air pollution is a pressing health and environmental threat, requiring immediate action by governments and businesses. The Word Health Organisation estimates that air pollution kills seven million people worldwide every year. In the UK, between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year are attributed to long-term air pollution exposure. There is strong evidence that it causes the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer, and exacerbates asthma.
As contributors to air pollution, businesses, large and small, have a clear responsibility to act.
Businesses can adopt many progressive actions. By changing operational and transportation choices in favour of less polluting ones, making it easier for employees and customers to select pollutant-reductive choices by default, to addressing major pollutant sources in manufacturing processes and/or supply chains, multiple business actions added together, will make a significant improvement to air quality.
Cleaner air will not only improve the quality of life for millions of people, but also, it will lead to higher productivity for the businesses that adopt such progressive measures.
Put simply, clean air is good for business and good for society.
How companies can commit to acting on air pollution
In publicly committing to become a Business for Clean Air, companies acknowledge their corporate responsibility to act on air pollution, and commit to the following four actions, as a minimum:
1. Publicly declare a corporate commitment to take action on air pollution
2. Develop a company plan to reduce operational impact on air pollution
3. Take action on any identified adverse impact on air quality
4. Commit to report annually on progress
Companies wishing to take additional steps that demonstrate their commitment to act on air pollution, may decide to adopt supplementary actions:
5. Commit to use leverage and encourage others to reduce their operational impact on air pollution
6. Support/participate in networks and/or information-sharing platforms that address how businesses impact air pollution
7. Undertake and/or support advocacy efforts that call for enhanced forms of regulation or legislation that enhance air quality
8. Engage in partnerships that seek to enhance air quality
9. Through philanthropic efforts, support projects that seek to enhance air quality
By adopting the Business for Clean Air principles as a guide to action on air pollution, companies are not only upholding their responsibilities to people and planet, but also, accelerating the transition to a society with clean and healthy air.
1. We will show leadership from the top
We will appoint an executive in our business to be a champion for air quality, enabling us to effectively drive action on this issue within and outside of our business.
2. We will deliver on a company plan to reduce air pollution
Every business has a unique capability to improve air quality. We will consider our full influencing power when determining how we can most greatly address pollution. We will consider our own operations and how we can work with suppliers, employees and customers. Our action plan will include tangible actions to be completed within a certain timeframe.
3. We will share our clean air activities
No one company can solve this problem alone. We need widespread action. To inspire this scale of response we will share our efforts, proving that change is possible, and making it easier for others to tackle air pollution by learning from our actions.
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