The B Team

At the International Anti-Corruption Conference this week in Panama, heads of state, civil society, the private sector and
I come from a family of slightly above average military participation. Both of my grandfathers (and other members of my extended family) served during World War II. Military service has always been in my blood.
This Panama Papers leak has revealed a massive web of illicit and unethical behavior by some of the world's richest and most powerful people. The importance of corporate transparency has never been clearer. We believe that making company ownership transparent is critical to tackling corruption, and that there is a strong business case for doing so.
The year of 2015 has been heralded as setting out a new roadmap for 'sustainable development' with both the SDGs and COP21 having delivered more clarity than we have had for a long time on the biggest challenges of our times.
There must be a call to action for public policy makers. It is public policy that requires companies to produce annual accounts, and public policy that dictates that the content of these accounts is what is relevant to investors.
The Divestment movement has been emboldened to go further and become more radical post Paris. And, as can be seen from the Too weak, too late opinion compendium, the failures of COP to include justice issues has strengthened the resolve of the climate justice movement.
Very different actors inhabit the worlds of the current policy landscape and this emerging vision of a new system. Some bridge both worlds -- but too few.
Currently, opaque and poorly regulated beneficial ownership entities are used to launder money, finance terrorism, evade taxes and corrupt governments. In order for legitimate businesses to avoid involvement in these elements, the rules governing beneficial ownership need to be in place globally.
We now need to use the benefits of hindsight to design a new climate regime that is grounded in human rights and informed by science so that it stands the test of time. We must uphold the dignity of the men and women on the front lines of climate change by insisting there are no inevitable victims.
Solar lamps provide light so girls can study at night and walk to latrines in the dark. Solar technologies allow midwives and doctors to deliver babies safely in the night, helping to stem the tide of maternal deaths in low-income countries. And sustainable farming practices enable women to more securely feed their families.
We cannot ignore the ethical implications of what we are doing to current and future generations, whose opportunities in life will be diminished by the harm we are doing to our planet's natural systems.
Two and half million people have been displaced from their homes, and many workers are on the frontlines of the frontlines of the industrial transformation that is a necessity for a zero carbon future.
This commitment will require shifting the global energy system to clean energy and innovation across all sectors of the economy. It will unleash new technological solutions, mobilise large-scale investment, and shape consumer behavior, all of which will create new jobs and unprecedented economic opportunities.
Although many companies have implemented concrete sustainability actions in the last decade there is still a lot of work to be done -- not just in tackling climate change -- but in addressing the systemic linkages between climate change and other social and environmental injustice.
COP21 represents one of those rare opportunities to change the course of human history. I believe that a net-zero target is achievable by 2050. It shouldn't worry us. To be honest, I couldn't think of a more exciting opportunity. .
The reality is that for the summit to succeed, business leaders must and will stand shoulder to shoulder with world leaders and play a critical supporting role in empowering national governments to agree a path to prosperity for us all.
Like all rights abuses, acts of violence against women anywhere compromise the dignity of people everywhere. No country, culture, race or socio-economic class is immune. It's time to break our silence, to take action and renounce all forms of violence and discrimination.
In 2016 we hope to see significant action on beneficial ownership transparency in G20 countries, helping to build up a global norm and standard that other countries can easily adopt.
We're all looking to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Purpose is something that rallies people in a way that profit never will. So how do you step up as a leader and power your business with purpose?