Diageo joins Agrekko, EY, FirstGroup, Lloyds Banking Group, M&G, Scottish Power, Scottish Water and Wood as founding members of Scottish Business Climate Collaboration (SBCC).
The newly formed group is a collaboration of leading corporate businesses with a major footprint in Scotland that aims to help lead the fight against climate change and inspire action as a legacy of COP26.
The nine businesses represent around 25,000 employees in Scotland and 570,000 globally, with more than £92billion in global revenue.
SBCC said, “SBCC’s mission is to leverage combined scale and sustainability ambitions to accelerate the journey towards a net-zero future in Scotland.
The aim is to help provide “strategic direction and exploring practical, best practice action members can take – corporately and at employee levels – in the fight against climate change.
“Through a programme of collaboration in the build-up to COP26, SBCC aims to generate a meaningful business legacy from the global inter-governmental conference when it takes place in Glasgow next month.
“This work will culminate in a SBCC Pledge, to be announced during COP26, when other businesses will be invited to adopt the measures in the pledge. Following COP26, the group will meet on a bi-annual basis to share best practice, ensure the spirit of the SBCC Pledge is being observed and consider further ways to collaborate to work towards net zero”.
Ewan Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Diageo said “It is encouraging to see companies across Scotland taking responsibility and leadership in the race to Net Zero, but if we are to truly accelerate progress in tackling climate change we need to work together. Collaboration between businesses, working in partnership with governments and taking our customers and our communities with us on the journey is crucial to our future success. That’s why we’re delighted to be part of the Scottish Business Climate Collaboration.”