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Responsible public policy

Many companies have significant influence over national and international policymaking on climate change - and this will extend to government positions at the December 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris.  The challenge is that this is conducted responsibly: with companies advocating strong action by governments on climate change rather than lobbying against it - either directly, or indirectly through business associations.

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1 December 2013

Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy

Author: CDP, UN Global Compact, Ceres, The Climate Group, WWF, World Resources Institute

Consistent, positive business engagement with policymakers on climate issues will be a crucial factor in achieving a global agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015.The “Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in...

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13 January 2015

Anglo American's lobbying & practices undermine climate justice, according to report

In November 2014, Friends of the Earth International, Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute released a report raising concerns about Anglo American's lobbying and operations undermining "crucial climate change policies"....

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21 April 2015

98% of BP shareholders back resolution calling for transparency on climate change

Author: Terry Macalister, Guardian (UK)

BP has promised to be more open about its impact on climate change after 98% of shareholders backed a resolution calling for greater transparency at the fossil fuel group.The company committed to publishing more information on a range of issues,...

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14 May 2015

Industry lobbyists 'trying to undermine' Paris Climate Summit

Author: Jessica Shankleman, Business Green

Leaked documents reveal how Cefic sought to water down green proposals for the Paris Business & Climate Summit, while raising concerns about industrial competitiveness...Cefic's intervention sparked anger among other stakeholders of the summit....

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26 May 2015

120 investor CEOs urge finance ministers to support long-term emissions reduction in global climate deal

Author: Letter initiated by Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change; Investor Group on Climate Change Australia & New Zealand; Asia Investor Group on Climate Change; UN Principles for Responsible Investment

Open letter to Finance Ministers in the Group of Seven (G-7)...

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2 June 2015

European oil & gas companies seek to engage with UN to help devise global carbon pricing system to combat climate change

Author: Pilita Clark & Ed Crooks, Financial Times (UK)

"European energy groups seek UN backing for carbon pricing system", 31 May 2015...

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10 June 2015

80 companies call on British Prime Minister David Cameron to take stronger climate action

Author: Adam Vaughan, Guardian (UK)

"British companies call on David Cameron to take stronger climate action",...

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11 June 2015

Summary of oil & gas industry association (IPIECA) members' views on key climate change challenges & responses

Author: IPIECA

IPIECA has developed The Paris Puzzle – our set of communications on the challenges and responses needed to address the risks of climate change, in light of the new global agreement at COP-21 in Paris, 2015, under the UN Framework Convention on...

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17 June 2015

Commentary: How to distinguish hype from reality in climate action by businesses

Author: Andrew Simms, New Economics Foundation, on Guardian (UK)

"Business and climate: the hype and the reality", 17 June 2015...

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30 June 2015

Unilever releases human rights report

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