United Nations Global Compact Initiative Welcomes Geno
Geno has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative, one of the most important corporate sustainability programmes in the world. More than 15,000 businesses and 3,800 non-business organisations from more than 160 countries have signed on to the UNGC.
Geno's goal is to accelerate the transition to new materials on a large scale by replacing non-sustainable sources with supply chains that are traceable, transparent, and responsibly sourced.
For Geno, the UNGC community represents the need for global action that brings together partners (companies, citizens, consumers, and governments) who will work as collaborators, champions, challengers, and changemakers to speed up Geno's impact. Because the climate crisis is unprecedented, the company says it is energised by groups coming together to learn from one another, share stories, and spread the word about projects that are making a difference.
The UNGC was established in 2000 as a voluntary leadership platform for developing, implementing, and reporting responsible business practices. The initiative tries to get businesses all over the world to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.
These goals are meant to fight climate change, end poverty, and improve health and education. Businesses must also align their operations and strategies with the UN Global Compact's ten principles on human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.
Geno's membership in the UNGC shows that it is a business that really helps people and the environment. The UNGC's ten principles and the SDGs, such as objective 12 (responsible consumption and production), replicate Geno's aim. Cargill, Unilever, Kao, and lululemon are among the global brand leaders looking to Geno to help them accomplish their sustainability objectives. Geno's membership in the UNGC could help it form new partnerships with similar companies and grow its business in large markets.
"Over the past 22 years, Geno has been on a mission to create ingredients from renewable sources to reduce the use of fossil fuels. By scaling our biotechnologies globally, we can cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90% compared to conventional production," said Geno CEO Christophe Schilling. "Geno is proud to be part of this initiative alongside other businesses working to be better for the people and planet they serve. As we work toward our goal of cutting hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030, joining this initiative from the UN can help us make a bigger difference. Most importantly, we know that we can't do this work alone. We are inspired and energised by UNGC members who use their business decisions to create a safer, more sustainable world for us all."