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The Climate Pledge Announces More Than 100 Signatories Committed to Achieving Net-Zero Carbon by 2040 or Sooner

 

Today, Amazon and Global Optimism announced that more than 100 companies have now signed The Climate Pledge. Among the 52 new signatories joining The Climate Pledge today are well-known brands including Alaska Airlines, Colgate-Palmolive, Heineken, PepsiCo, Telefónica, and Visa. Pledge signatories in total generate more than $1.4 trillion in global annual sales and have more than 5 million employees across 25 industries in 16 countries—demonstrating the collective impact The Climate Pledge can have in addressing climate change.

Signatories to The Climate Pledge agree to:

  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.
  • Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.
  • Neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.

All signatories are taking science-based, high-impact actions to tackle climate change by innovating in supply chain efficiency, sustainable transportation, circular economy, clean energy solutions, and more. Many organizations are also meaningfully involving customers in their journey to net-zero with initiatives focused on innovative packaging and sustainable product design and development, while delivering solutions to empower customers to reduce their own emissions with educational campaigns and sustainable shopping experiences.

“Less than two years ago, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge and called on other companies to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early—today, more than 100 companies with over $1.4 trillion in global annual revenues and more than 5 million employees have signed the pledge,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We are proud to stand with other signatories to use our scale to decarbonize the economy through real business change and innovation.”

“We helped to initiate The Climate Pledge to prove a model that accelerates decarbonization with the most ambitious companies,” said Christiana Figueres, the UN’s former climate chief and now founding partner of Global Optimism. “Today over 100 companies, including household brands and companies from all industry sectors, have joined The Climate Pledge with its goal of net-zero by 2040. They are demonstrating that moving faster toward decarbonizing their businesses is a pathway to competitive advantage. There is no doubt we’re at a tipping point to establish the low carbon economy envisioned in the Paris Agreement. I commend the leadership of the companies that have joined The Climate Pledge already and look forward to welcoming the next 100.”

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Osome wins Singapore Partner of the Year at Xero Asia Awards

 

Osome has been awarded Xero’s Singapore Partner of the Year for Xero Awards Asia 2020. The annual Xero Awards recognises excellence among their accounting and bookkeeping partners and celebrates the role of its partners in helping small businesses thrive.

“It was incredibly tough to judge the many entries in this year’s Xero Awards: Asia – so many of our accounting, bookkeeping and app partners are doing amazing things to help small businesses thrive,” as stated on the Xero Awards website.

Finalists were assessed on innovation, marketing strategy, knowledge of Xero’s products and tools, amongst other criteria for the Partner of the Year award.

Osome, which has been a Platinum Partner of Xero since March 2020, is a technology company that disrupts traditional business administration. It provides online accounting services for SMEs especially those involved with selling their products via e-commerce platforms like Amazon, ebay, and Shopify. In addition to that, Osome also provides a comprehensive range of back-end services like incorporation, payroll and corporate secretarial service. These are tedious but unavoidable tasks which entrepreneurs usually outsource. With over 5,000 clients across the United KingdomSingapore, and Hong Kong, the company has recently raised USD$3 million in funding from XA Network and AltaIR Capital.

“This is amazing news to receive at the end of 2020. It strengthens our commitment to free up entrepreneurs’ mind and time by turning painful paperwork tasks into an Osome experience, while they grow their business. As we enter 2021, we will be improving the technology behind our service to focus on customer experience,” said Victor Lysenko, CEO and Founder of Osome.