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Past Event

Corporate Net Zero Pledges: Ambitious or Empty Promises?

Corporate pledges of reaching net zero carbon emissions have quickly become commonplace. Critics argue that such pledges are mere greenwashing, and even if pledges are fulfilled, the balance sheets usually utilize carbon offsets, which can also be of questionable quality and accountability.

Proponents of corporate net zero pledges say we’ll never get to net zero emissions without corporate action, and pledges represent legitimate ramping up of corporate ambition and commitment. How can consumers, investors and policy leaders distinguish between stalling and increased ambition? Can third-party auditors hold companies accountable? And could corporate pledges play a meaningful role in the climate negotiations in Glasgow?


This program is generously underwritten by the Erol Foundation.

October 25, 2021

United States

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Simon Fischweicher

Head of Corporations and Supply Chains for CDP North America

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Kristina Partsinevelos

Reporter, CNBC

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Darrel Stickler

Global Lead for Environmental Sustainability, Cisco Systems

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One