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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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12 November 2015

A Long-Term Goal at COP21 is Critical: Open Letter to World Leaders

Author: The B Team

In an open letter to Heads of State, 22 business and civil society leaders from around the globe urged world leaders to…ensure a clear and ambitious long-term goal is part of the COP21 agreement…now is a critical time for these leaders to hear that...

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20 November 2015

Paris climate talks must take into account climate impacts on indigenous peoples' rights & lands, says UNDP

"Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says", 19 Nov 2015...

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20 November 2015

USA: Democrats sign up to letter questioning oil, gas & coal companies on their climate change positions

Author: Timothy Cama, The Hill (USA)

"House Dems probe oil, coal companies on climate research", 19 Nov 2015...

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27 November 2015

EU-US trade deal will unleash oil sands and fatally undermine climate efforts

Author: Mark Dearn, Guardian (UK)

The prospects for a meaningful agreement at the UN climate change talks…are bleak. As a result, so too are the prospects for the 100 million more people predicted to be living in poverty by 2030 as a result of global warming…the richest countries...

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27 November 2015

Paris climate talks: powerful business lobbies seek to undermine deal

Author: Pascoe Sabido, Corporate Europe Observatory, on Guardian Sustainable Business (UK)

As the UN’s climate talks in Paris begin, the lobbying…from some of the biggest corporations responsible for climate change has gone into overdrive…“This issue is important for governments to address but it is far too important to leave to governments...

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30 November 2015

#COP21: Massive advertising takeover campaign in Paris highlights corporate stranglehold

Author: Blue and Green Tomorrow

Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris…[T]he Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks…that aim to highlight the links between...

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30 November 2015

277 companies & 144 investors call for clear, ambitious climate deal in Paris

Author: Climate Group (part of We Mean Business coalition)

277 companies with US$6 trillion in revenue and 144 investors with US$20 trillion in assets under management, called for a clear, ambitious climate deal in Paris next week and spotlighted eight policies in particular they believe will deliver it. The...

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30 November 2015

COP21 Paris climate talks: billionaires join forces in energy push

Author: Barney Jopson, Financial Times

Bill Gates has joined forces with Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani and…other billionaires in a push for…new private and public investment in “clean energy”. The initiative includes $10bn of new spending commitments from 20 governments…and will be...

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30 November 2015

Environment advocates: Corporate sponsors use COP21 to appear “green”

Author: Karla Tecson, International Business Times

Environmental groups have panned companies sponsoring the 2015 Paris Climate Conference for…taking advantage of the event to make them look more environmentally friendly. In particular, France’s largest utilities Engie and EDF and Paris-based bank BNP...

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30 November 2015

Political positioning of social organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean towards the COP 21

Author: TNI

The undersigned organizations and social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean:...

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