Climate change urgency “cannot be exaggerated”, Attenborough tells Coutts clients
Sir David Attenborough sends stark warning to Coutts clients at climate change event.
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Sue Garrard said that, when Unilever started on its sustainability journey, the company gave itself 10 years to achieve “three unbelievably ambitious goals” because it knew it needed to learn and make mistakes. But it also knew that, ultimately, it would create a competitive advantage.
She said: “What happened was that we had five years of some very painful learning. But the result of that was that we started to understand how this actually wasn’t just going to de-risk the business but, much more excitingly, was a growth driver.
“We ended up with 26 of our biggest brands embedding elements of sustainability. And they are now growing 67% faster than the rest of the portfolio. That is simply phenomenal.”
After the lively Q&A, chaired by Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, Coutts CEO Peter Flavel closed the event.
He said: “Our clients are among the most successful and influential families in the UK. And if we are going to make a difference, who better to work alongside than all of you?
“We think that, if we act together, we have the opportunity to make a real impact.”
Coutts clients have the power to make a real difference in the fight against climate change according to broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Coutts takes climate change very seriously and can work with clients to help tackle it, whether through their investing or their philanthropy.