Business leaders urge Brazil to take lead on climate or be left behind

Smoke from burning vegetation rises in Brazilian Amazon rainforest, in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 4, 2021. Picture taken with a drone September 4, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Sept 27 (Reuters) – Executives of more than 100 major companies urged Brazil to take a leading position in U.N. climate talks in November, at a time when Amazon rainforest destruction under President Jair Bolsonaro has made the country an environmental pariah.

The corporate leaders, generally chief executives of Brazilian companies or the Brazilian units of multinational companies, in a joint statement warned that Brazil could be “excluded from a new economic-climate order that is unfolding before our eyes”.

The signatories include the local chiefs of e-commerce company Amazon (AMZN.O) and Shell oil as well as the global chief executives of world’s largest meatpacker JBS (JBSS3.SA) and planemaker Embraer (EMBR3.SA).

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