Bath Chronicle

Firm joins call for fairer world

- Olivia Scull Re­porter olivi­aalexan­dra.scull@reach­plc.com Ecology · Infectious Diseases · Climate Change · Health Conditions · United Nations · United Kingdom · South West England · England · The Sunday Times · Unilever NV · Microsoft · MasterCard

A Bath-based en­ergy sup­plier Pure Planet has joined some of the world’s largest busi­nesses in tack­ling the global chal­lenges the world is fac­ing.

The en­ergy provider has now signed a United Na­tions pledge as well as the UN Global Com­pact – a com­mit­ment to sup­port hu­man rights, labour, anti-cor­rup­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pure Planet CEO An­drew Ral­ston joined al­most 1,300 other busi­ness lead­ers sign­ing a state­ment reaf­firm­ing those com­mit­ments in the wake of global dis­rup­tion caused by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

He said:“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.”

The UN state­ment is en­dorsed by CEOS of global brands such as Unilever, Mi­crosoft and Mastercard. Pure Planet is one of only two Uk­based en­ergy sup­pli­ers to sign.

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..”

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. Of the firms back­ing the state­ment, Ms Oji­ambo said: “We deeply ap­pre­ci­ate their com­mit­ment to global co­op­er­a­tion at a piv­otal time for the UN and the world at large.”

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