17 March 2010

Stigson warns mistrust between business and government is hampering low carbon economy

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Head of World Business Council for Sustainable Development warns poor communication between politicians and private sector is blocking the development of effective green policies

A lack of trust between business and government is blocking the development of effective solutions for tackling climate change, according to the head of a leading sustainability body.

Bjorn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, said in his opening keynote at the Base conference in London earlier today that mutual mistrust was hampering the development of a low carbon economy.

"Most resources and management skills are in business, but business can't deploy them fast enough unless the right government organisations and frameworks are in place," he said. "We have to take action together."

Stigson said that already low levels of co-operation between the political and business spheres had worsened in recent years as large multinational companies "scaled back" lobbying activities as result of the recession. He observed that as a result there was now a "capacity problem" within many businesses that no longer employed personnel who were able to act as " translators" between the two worlds.

(businessGreen.com)

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