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CSR: Commitments or greenwashing?

The smackdown on greenwashing is coming – and ‘commitments’ to clean energy and environmental practices will not be enough.


At the One Planet Summit in New York at the end of September, French president Emmanuel Macron spoke for all those who see the gap between talk and action when it comes to financing or implementing climate solutions. 

Demonstrating not only an excellent command of American-English, but also that he may be our best bet for a global leader on climate finance, Macron’s closing speech at the summit candidly called for less “bullshit”. 

His point is that since the 2015 climate pact of commitments, greenhouse gas emissions have actually gone up. Global carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas increased 1.4% in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency. 

Asia and Europe saw increases, while the US saw a slight decrease.  

There are too many eyes looking at how our largest and most powerful institutions are contributing to climate change to get away with much more of what Macron called bullshit

The commitment to raise $100 billion from the world’s richest countries to help the most vulnerable made at the 2015 pact also looks fragile.

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