Press Release: Pew Center Honored for Promoting Private Sector Action on Global Climate Change

For Immediate Release:  
April 25, 2001

Contact: Dale Curtis
202-777-3530

Pew Center Honored for Promoting Private Sector Action on Global Climate Change: Business Environmental Leadership Council Shows Companies Can Grow While Cutting Emissions

New York, NY - The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is being honored today for its pioneering efforts to enlist leading corporations in the fight against global climate change. The Center will receive a 2001 Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Award from Global Green USA, the US affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The award in particular recognizes the Pew Center's creation in 1998 of the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), which now includes more than 30 major corporations. BELC members demonstrate leadership in addressing climate change by establishing and meeting emissions reduction objectives; investing in new, more efficient products, practices, and technologies; and supporting action to achieve cost-effective emissions reductions.

"Taking action on climate change is a sign not only of good corporate citizenship but also of sound, long-term business planning," said Pew Center President Eileen Claussen, who will receive the award in ceremonies tonight at The Rainbow Room. "The BELC companies believe the costs of delay are far greater than the costs of doing what is necessary to protect future generations. And they are proving that businesses can take action to address climate change while continuing to grow."

BELC companies represent a diverse group of industries including energy, chemicals, metals, consumer appliances, motor vehicles, and high technology. The companies do not contribute financially to the Pew Center, which is supported solely by contributions from charitable organizations.

BELC members include: ABB, Air Products and Chemicals, Alcoa, American Electric Power, Baxter International, Boeing, BP, California Portland Cement Company, CH2M HILL, Cummins Inc., DTE Energy, DuPont, Enron, Entergy, Georgia-Pacific, Holnam, IBM, Intel, Interface Inc., Lockheed Martin, Maytag, Ontario Power Generation, PG&E Corporation, Rohm and Haas, Royal Dutch/Shell, Sunoco, Toyota, TransAlta Corporation, United Technologies, Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool, and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

The Pew Center also publishes reports on domestic and international policy, economics, environmental impacts, and practical solutions relating to climate change; hosts conferences and workshops to facilitate dialogue among business, government, and non-governmental organizations; and participates in international meetings, including the ongoing negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Last week, a major conference on Equity and Global Climate Change sponsored by the Center in Washington, D.C. drew more than 300 participants from some 40 countries.

Ms. Claussen, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, has a long record of involvement in international environmental affairs. She will be presented with the award by Theodore Roosevelt IV, a managing director at Lehman Brothers and a member of the Pew Center board of directors.

Green Cross International, based in Geneva, was founded by Mr. Gorbachev in 1993 and has affiliates in 26 countries. Global Green USA (www.globalgreen.org), founded in 1994 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, promotes collaborative approaches to environmental challenges. It is headquartered in Los Angeles and has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

For more information on the Pew Center and the Business Environmental Leadership Council, see www.c2es.org. # # #

About the Pew Center
The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the United States' largest philanthropies and an influential voice in efforts to improve the quality of the environment. The Pew Center is an independent, nonprofit, and non-partisan organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

The Pew Center includes the Business Environmental Leadership Council, which is composed of more than 30 largely Fortune 500 corporations, all working with the Pew Center to address issues related to climate change. The companies do not contribute financially to the Pew Center -- it is solely supported by contributions from charitable foundations.