Climate Week New York saw companies form new coalitions to accelerate progress, such as the Business Avengers to champion the Global Goals and the One Planet Business for Biodiversity platform, while Climate Group’s RE100 passed the 200-member mark. Seventeen global companies, including Mars Inc, Diageo, SAP, Salesforce and Unilever, have joined forces under a new coalition called the Business Avengers to throw their weight behind the Sustainable Development Goals. Each company in the campaign, which was launched at Climate Week New York this week, has elected to represent one goal, with Mars, for example, promoting SDG1 on poverty, drinks giant Diageo championing SDG6 for clean water and sanitation, and Google sponsoring SDG8 for decent work and economic growth. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability and procurement officer for Mars, told Ethical Corporation that with 50-100 million smallholders connected to global supply chains, companies have a big role to play in poverty-alleviation.
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