The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement to limit the emission of greenhouse gases in a coordinated effort to stop global warming. It was adopted in December 1997 and came into force on February 16, 2005.
As of April 2010, 191 states had ratified the protocol. Canada is one of the world's top three per capita greenhouse gas producers and faces considerable challenges in meeting its obligations.
The Copenhagen Accord of December 2009 did not commit countries to agree to a binding successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
Corporations with a commitment to protecting the environment can register their management system to the international ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standard.
Among other things, registration to the standard requires a stated commitment from senior management, a review of applicable environmental laws, an audit of the environmental impact of the organization’s operations, development of documented policies and procedures, training of personnel and regular system audits to ensure it is meeting stated, measureable goals.