A&W / ARK FLOORS SIGNS U.N. COPENHAGEN COMMUNIQUÉ
A&W / Ark Floors is proud to have signed the Copenhagen Communiqué, issued at the U.N by over 500 global business leaders from around the world. This initiative calls for an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal on climate change in response to the scale and urgency of the crises facing the world today.
“This is A&W / ARK Floors most recent step in our continuing commitment to the environment and sustainable practices,” said Ira Lefkowitz, President and CEO of ARK Floors U.S division. “Our company Chairman, Carl Lu, takes this issue very seriously and we are proud to be part of a global effort that raises awareness in the need to support action on climate change.”
The Communiqué is set to become the definitive statement from the global business community ahead of the climate change negotiations at Conference of the Parties 15 (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009. It is intended to support progress on achieving an international agreement where it currently may be lacking in the negotiations. Because economic development will not be sustained in the longer term unless the climate is established, it is critical that we exit this recession in a way that lays the foundation for low-carbon growth and avoids locking us into a high-carbon future. The Communiqué hopes to create the political space for progress on an agreement where it currently may be lacking in the international negotiations.
As one of China’s most innovative companies, A&W / Ark Floors commitment to the environment is ongoing. A&W / Ark Floors has been recognized by some the world's most prestigious environmental organizations and was one of China’s first members of WWF/CFTN (China Forest & Trade Network). In 2006 A&W Ark Floors received its Green Pass to the international timber and flooring market Chain of Custody Certification. A&W Chairman Carl Lu has been a guest speaker at the WWF’s “World Forest Environment Forum” receiving recognition for contributing to responsible forestry. A&W / Ark Floors was one of the first companies in Asia to sign the Communiqué.