Pure Planet joins hundreds of other global businesses in signing the UN business leaders’ statement

Monday, 21 September 20203 minute read
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Uniting Business: We’ve signed the United Nations Pledge to support the Environment, Human Rights and Anti-Corruption in the wake of COVID-19.

Today, Pure Planet’s CEO Andrew Ralston joined almost 1,300 other business leaders signing a statement reaffirming our commitments to support human rights, anti-corruption and the environment in the wake of global disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The UN statement is endorsed by CEOs of giant global brands such as Unilever, Microsoft and Mastercard. We are one of only two UK-based energy suppliers to sign, and the only one supplying 100% renewable energy.

We’re already a signatory to the UN Global Compact — a commitment to support human rights, anti-corruption and the environment — and today’s announcement marks the start of the latest United Nations’ General Assembly, 75 years of the UN and 20 years of the Global Compact. .

It states: “We, the business peoples, recognise that peace, justice and strong institutions are beneficial to the long-term viability of our organisations and are foundational for upholding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Now is our opportunity to learn from our collective experiences to realign behind the mission of the UN and steer our world onto a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable path. We are in this together — and we are united in the business of a better world.”

Image: UN Global Compact

The statement was presented to UN Secretary-General António Guterres by Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, during a meeting of the Private Sector Forum to commemorate the UN’s 75th anniversary.

Ms Ojiambo said: “The Statement is a resounding endorsement of inclusive multilateralism. In no uncertain terms, it says that cooperation must cross borders, sectors and generations for us to adapt to changing circumstances.

“In the course of just one month after we issued the Statement, it has been signed by 1,294 CEOs from large, medium and small enterprises in virtually every industry and region. We deeply appreciate their commitment to global cooperation at a pivotal time for the UN and the world at large.”

Our CEO Andrew Ralston said: “Pure Planet launched to help make a difference, to help create a better world — by supplying renewable energy to householders as well as creating purposeful employment for our team.

“We are extremely proud to sign the business leaders statement and reaffirm our commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a retreat from global cooperation, compounding global crises including climate change.

“Proactively signing up to the statement challenges us to live up to the commitments of the UN Global Compact through the culture we build and nurture at Pure Planet.

“We believe our firm commitment to these values is emphasised by our mission to make Britain renewable, progressive and flexible employment policies which include equal leave for parents of any gender, unlimited holiday, flexible working practices and carbon offsetting for all employees commutes.

“This has seen us named as the second best smaller company to work for in the UK and the best of any size in South West England in the Best 100 small companies 2020 list, compiled by Best Companies and The Sunday Times.”

Head to the United Nations Global Compact Youtube Channel to learn more.