Diversey, Inc. announced it will host a Climate Change Summit for senior European business leaders. The April 26 event will focus attention on how businesses and associations across Europe can address climate change and its potential impact on the world economy.

Speakers for the event include senior executives from leading European corporations, including Ahold, Hectas, Inpacs, ISS, NH Hotels and OCS plus leaders from major international professional associations, including ISSA, The Consumer Goods Forum, World Federation of Building Service Contractors and SKAL, the international association of travel and tourism professionals. The summit will take place at the NH Barbizon Palace Hotel in Amsterdam.

The objective of the Climate Change Summit is to provide a business perspective to the global dialogue on climate change.  Many business leaders are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as to prepare their enterprises for climate change and volatility, said Diversey Chairman S. Curtis Johnson.  

"The implications of global climate change require the urgent attention of the entire business community," Johnson said. "Bringing together some of Europe‚s most influential business leaders for this summit will promote sharing of new ideas and reassert the critical role sustainability must play in business strategy."

Duncan Pollard, director, conservation policy and practice for World Wildlife Fund International, will deliver the keynote address at the Summit. Sessions during the afternoon will focus on the integration of sustainable business practices into corporate culture and operations and the role that industry associations are playing in promoting best practices in corporate sustainability. An audience of more than 150 senior business leaders from corporations, associations and non-governmental organizations across Europe are expected to attend.

"We're sponsoring this summit to reinforce the principle that being environmentally responsible is good business," said Diversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan. "The environment and business enterprise have a common enemy:  waste. Reducing waste in our enterprises, particularly relative to scarce water and energy resources is good for the planet, but equally good for our businesses."

In late 2009, Diversey took another important step in addressing climate change by tripling its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the World Wildlife Fund‚s Climate Savers program. The company‚s original industry leading pledge of an 8 percent reduction from its baseline, made in 2008, is now 25 percent and will be achieved in the originally committed timeframe ending in 2013.