Johnson Controls has been named as an inaugural recipient of the Terra Carta Seal from HRH The Prince of Wales in recognition of its commitment to creating a sustainable future.
The inaugural Terra Carta Seal award recognises global corporations that are demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets. It is being awarded to firms who have aligned themselves with the Terra Carta recovery plan for Nature, People and Planet launched in January 2021, and which are driving innovation and leadership within their industry, and implementing credible transition roadmaps underpinned by globally recognised, scientific metrics for achieving net zero by 2050 or sooner. Further, the award acknowledges the unique challenges faced by different industries as they transition to a sustainable future which requires all companies to be supported as they take steps in a more positive direction towards achieving a 1.5-degree target, restoring biodiversity and benefiting the lives and livelihoods of current and future generations.
UK climate group, The Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) which is headed by HRH The Prince of Wales, partnered with Corporate Knights for the initiative, with Corporate Knights’ “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations” and active members of the organisation’s Task Force invited to apply for the inaugural award.
The Terra Carta Seal will be awarded annually to companies who are demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets and care for Nature, People and Planet.
Since 2002, Johnson Controls has reduced its emissions intensity by more than 70 per cent, with the company also helping its customers save more than 30.6 million tons of CO2 globally and US $6.6 billion through guaranteed operational and energy savings. Johnson Controls was also one of the first companies to become a UN Global Compact signatory.
Addressing a presentation ceremony, HRH The Prince of Wales, said: “The Terra Carta Seal recognizes those organizations which have made a serious commitment to a future that is much more sustainable, and puts Nature, People and the Planet at the heart of the economy. We all need to make changes if we are to preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren and these businesses have pledged to make it easier for us all to do so.”
George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and CEO, added: “It is both an honour and a privilege to receive this recognition from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for our decades-long commitment to sustainability.
“As the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report shows, we need to move fast to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The Terra Carta Seal is a clear indication that businesses need to work together to raise our collective efforts to create a sustainable future for all of us. Decarbonization of buildings is part of the solution, and Johnson Controls is ready to lead the charge with technologies that already exist today that are capable of putting us, and our customers, solidly on the path to net zero.”
Working closely with HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Jony Ive and his creative team at LoveFrom have created a physical and animated seal engineered with paper that is both simple and beautifully crafted. The design combines a host of natural references including oak leaves, fern, magnolia and honey bees and intricate patterns both in nature and in the arts, creating a visual celebration which reflects the power of and reverence for nature that is at the heart of the Terra Carta.
Sir Jony comments: “With respect for both the historic resonance of the Terra Carta and for the environment, we have used modest, natural materials and celebrated craftsmanship with a delicate, illustrated design.
“This feels a sensitive and sincere commemoration for those who have committed to the aims of the Terra Carta, and we are so very grateful to be able to contribute to such an important and impactful initiative.”
Inaugural (2021) Terra Carta Seal Recipients
Akzo Nobel NV
Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure Plc
Bank of America
City Developments Limited
Cogeco Communications Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HSBC Holdings Plc
Johnson Controls International plc
McCormick & Company, Incorporated
National Australia Bank
Novo Nordisk A/S
Siemens Energy AG