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US Corporate Giant Told To Help Combat Climate Change

The three-day meeting is headed by company owners Stewart and Lynda Resnick and includes close 300 executives from around the world.
06 Jun 2019 12:18
US Corporate Giant Told To Help Combat Climate Change
FIJI Water owners and billionaires Stewart Resnick and wife Lynda with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on June 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers.

American corporate giant, The Wonderful Company, which owns FIJI Water was asked to work alongside Fiji’s commitment in combating climate change.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the comments at the Fiji Water Annual Executive meeting at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola, yesterday.

The three-day meeting is headed by company owners Stewart and Lynda Resnick and includes close 300 executives from around the world.

Mr Bainimarama said: “The Wonderful Company can better align itself with Fiji by sharing in our mission to curb global emissions and protect our planet for the sake of future generations,” Mr Bainimarama said.

As a former COP23 President he praised the support of former Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown and the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

“It’s a model that can be further progressed by wide-reaching and powerful companies like yours.

“With billions of dollars in annual revenue, the Wonderful Company is among the largest privately-held companies in the United States –– your yearly sales actually outsize the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of some nations.

“As major economies put in place clear commitments and targets to cut their carbon emissions by 2030, so too must large corporations play their part in becoming more carbon neutral.

“Indeed, in an age of unprecedented innovation, there’s no better time than the present for you consider alternatives to plastic –– and without sacrificing the quality of your product.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji had evolved immensely since FIJI Water opened for business here where it has into a dynamic and growing economy.

“Last week, Wonderful Company representatives were joined by other beverage producers for a meeting with our Attorney-General and Minister for Economy to discuss a plastic bottle deposit and collection initiative that we have in the works that would be the first of its kind for Fiji.”

Conservation International

He acknowledged the company’s contributions to Conservation International at the Sovi Basin and Nakauvadra Ranges which helped preserve the rainforests depicted on FIJI Water bottle labels.

Mr Stewart Resnick said Fiji meant a lot to his wife Lynda and him.

He said the achievements of the company was due to the hard work of all those present.

“I want to see us make the same kind of history as the Fijian rugby team who continue to win.”

He said considering Fiji’s population, the odds are stacked up against them in rugby but the team continues to rise up and win.

Mr Resnick said the company also introduced their new Mission Statement, Core Values and Strategic Pillars which have been incorporated in all their operations.

“As you know we have always worked hard to minimise our environmental impact and maximise the sustainability of our operations.”

With that Mr Resnick announced they had made a bold commitment to use 100 per cent renewable energy in all their operations in the US by 2025 and globally by 2040.

charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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