One of our colleagues in the US is the Tiffany and Co. Foundation. They sent us a copy of an email that Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chairman and President of Tiffany & Co. Foundation sent out to the US Environmental Grantmakers Association.
While the AEGN remains non-partisan and we do not encourage members to share any party political or personal or professional party political reflections, we thought this was an important act of leadership displayed by an influential corporate foundation. So we have chosen to share with you this response to the fires by Tiffany and Co.
The email reads:
Dear EGA members,
As the world continues to watch the heartbreaking devastation in Australia, I have no doubt you feel as saddened and troubled as we are by the extent of the loss. I know you and Samara have been in touch this week, so thank you for sharing your insights with us about the organizations working on relief efforts. This is a moment when the direct impacts of climate change are being felt by millions and yet the government remains unwilling to take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
At Tiffany & Co., part of our commitment to sustainability is our support for the global movement to act on climate change. This commitment drives our current actions to achieve our goal of net zero emissions. Further, we believe there are certain moments when we must raise our voice and call for meaningful action by our leaders. The crisis in Australia represents one such moment.
On Saturday, Tiffany & Co. placed full-page ads in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age (in Melbourne), calling on Prime Minister Morrison to take bold climate action. Attached is a copy of the ad, which we are also sharing globally through Twitter and LinkedIn.
Based on our experience in speaking out on these issues, we know the ad will spark controversy. However, we feel it is the right statement at the right time. Through this approach, our aim is to reach decision makers directly and voice our support for acting on climate change with urgency.
Tiffany & Co. has long recognized the importance of protecting our fragile planet for future generations, and our aspiration is to leave behind a world that is as beautiful and abundant as the one we inherited. The public statement we are making now is directly aligned with these commitments.
Anisa Kamadoli Costa
Chairman and President of Tiffany & Co. Foundation