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Corticeira Amorim is the only Portuguese company taking part in the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders campaign

Portugal 7/9/2020

Groupe Rocher, Novartis , Ericsson, Heidelberg Cement, Prysmian Group or John Deere are just some of the companies taking part in the programme

Corticeira Amorim, the world’s largest cork processing group, is one of the 50 companies taking part in the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders campaign. The project is organised by TBD Media Group and its contents will be distributed by the Bloomberg group. It includes a broad range of organisations who are leading the fight against climate change worldwide. Sustainability, technology and innovation are the other drivers that led to the selection of participants of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders programme, which also includes business leaders from areas such as the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and financial services sectors.

Corticeira Amorim is the only Portuguese representative in the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders campaign. It accompanies corporate giants such as the Groupe Rocher (France), Novartis (Switzerland), Ericsson (Sweden), Heidelberg Cement (Germany), Prysmian Group (Italy), Suntory Holdings Limited (Japan), Wilo Group (Germany), John Deere (USA), REHAU Group (Switzerland), MANN+HUMME (Germany), Statkraft (Norway), SSI SCHÄFER (Germany) and Archroma (Switzerland).

A ranking of leading companies that “Corticeira Amorim is very proud to belong to”, explains António Rios Amorim, Corticeira Amorim’s Chairman and CEO. “This is a clear sign that we are on the right side of history. We are working with perhaps one of the most noble product offered by nature in a sustainable way, respecting normal growth cycles, using circular economy principles, without wasting raw materials, and throughout the production process contributing to decarbonisation of several industries. We are convinced that cork offers an answer to the many challenges that lie ahead in terms of sustainability and will help deliver a promising future.”

The organisers of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders campaign emphasise that “Corticeira Amorim, with its approach to the management and manufacture of cork, proves its sustainable leadership – and goes further, by optimising its processes in an environmentally friendly manner and maximising the positive impact of an industry that is already naturally sustainable”. They add that “the company plays an important role in promoting sustainable forest management, forest development policies and exchange of knowledge with producers.” They conclude “that this management strategy ensures that the cork oak forest effectively maintains its natural sustainability.”

The 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders project includes a summit of the 50 leaders that will be held in New York in 2021 under the auspices of the United Nations. Scheduled for 2021, the conference will be aligned with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The programme will include the participation of business executives, ambassadors and experts. The goal is to promote the exchange of ideas on how to achieve greater sustainability, highlighting recent technological solutions, favouring disruptive innovation, and fostering socially responsible leadership.

Corticeira Amorim, the world’s largest cork processing group, operating continuously since 1870, assumes its world leadership and moves far beyond optimising its business processes and reducing the environmental impacts of its operations. Leading a naturally sustainable industry, it promotes, enhances and ensures the viability of cork oak forests, that are important natural CO2 sinks, harbour an important level of biodiversity, protect against soil erosion, regulate the hydrological cycle and constitute a barrier against forest fire. The cyclical extraction of cork upholds the vitality of the cork oak forests and fosters the associated economic, environmental and social development, allowing tens of thousands of people to continue to live and work in arid and semi-arid areas..