Climate Policy Leadership

Environmental problems like climate change will never be solved through voluntary corporate actions alone. Public policies are critical to reduce environmental impacts across the economy, in an efficient and equitable manner, and on a scale commensurate with the challenge.

New Report

Public policy advocacy is the missing link.

While a growing number of companies are setting — and achieving — science-based greenhouse gas reduction goals, the urgency and magnitude of the climate challenge demands a bigger response from businesses than just cutting their own emissions. 

Aligning public policy with sustainability goals.

Being a leader means supporting public policies that are consistent with your ambitious environmental goals. Environmental problems like climate change will never be solved through voluntary corporate actions alone.

Public policy is needed to prevent the worst consequences.

 

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the dire consequences of unabated climate change, and the short timeline for action in order to manage the risk of ecological and economic devastation. And the National Climate Assessment outlines the devastating effects of climate change on the U.S. economy and public health that are already occurring.

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NEW REPORT – The Blind Spot in Corporate Sustainability Rankings: Climate Policy Leadership

Numerous sustainability rankings have emerged to help stakeholders assess corporate environmental performance and identify leaders. Our new report reveals a troubling blind spot in how rankings agencies and organizations pick winners: the vast majority don’t factor in corporate policy advocacy – which is an essential element of sustainability leadership.

Recommendations

The urgency and magnitude of the climate challenge demands a more aggressive response than cutting greenhouse gas emissions within a company’s facilities and even within its entire supply chain. As scrutiny of corporate lobbying has increased in recent years, a number of resources have been introduced to help companies align their policy advocacy with their environmental goals. One such resource, the U.N. Global Compact Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy, offers companies a succinct but inclusive framework:

Scale solutions with smart public policy

The most powerful tool companies have to fight climate change is their political influence. It’s time to start using it.

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