Talent has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading companies in a new initiative called the Climate Leaders Coalition, to collaborate and problem solve some of the country’s hardest decarbonisation challenges.
An initiative of Virgin Unite’s B Team Australasia, the founding members include the CEOs of some of Australia’s largest resources and industrial companies, along with leading companies from the property, consumer goods, finance, technology, research, civil society and advisory sectors. Collectively the members have 385,000 employees and millions of customers, consumers, suppliers and shareholders, whom they want to work with to reach a low carbon future.
Talent Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl will represent Talent in the group, which is being co-chaired by David Thodey and John Lydon, and includes CEO’s from BHP, Wesfarmers, FMG, CSIRO, Microsoft, AGL, Citigroup, CBA, Deloitte and Mirvac, among others. The concerns and the activities of the group have been communicated in a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his ministerial colleagues.
The initiative combines scale with collaboration so that CEOs learn from and help each other, and share best practice as they collectively work on specific initiatives to accelerate their own actions towards a net zero carbon economy. The united approach will help drive significant progress in creating Australia’s low carbon future while also ensuring long term economic sustainability.
Richard Earl said the initiative was about business playing its part in ensuring Australia proactively creates its own low carbon future.
“At Talent we supply thousands of technology contractors to corporate Australia so we’re looking at innovative ways that we can play our part in reducing the carbon footprint associated with a large remote and dispersed workforce.”
“This group is incredibly committed to driving action on climate change. If we act now, we can forge a path to create a future that is low-emissions, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all Australians.”
“Living by our Talent values – lead the way, strive for better and give a damn means taking a stand on causes that are important to our community. I’m proud to be a founding member of this group and am determined for our business to do its part in contributing to a low carbon future.”
The Coalition is action orientated and is currently reviewing its challenges and opportunities around technology, energy, finance and partnerships. It will report regularly on its actions and milestones.
In addition to the practical problem-solving work that is underway, the CLC provides an open, confidential and authentic forum for CEOs to share the challenges of shifting to a low carbon future, as well as the opportunities such a shift can bring.
The B Team’s other recent major initiative has been around the Future of Work including 100% Human which Talent actively helped to launch 2 years ago in Australia to encourage the corporate sector to embrace and focus on diversity, purpose, inclusion, and well-being.