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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8 December 2015

Fund Is Switching Investments Away From Polluters, Chief Says

Author: Stanley Reed, New York Times

One corporate chief after another has been stepping onto the stage at a conference…to pledge allegiance to environmental causes…One of the more influential statements of the day may have come from Yngve Slyngstad, the chief investment manager of the...

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7 December 2015

COP21: Business seeks global carbon pricing at climate summit

Author: Michael Stothard, Financial Times (UK)

Amid the cacophony of competing interests at the Paris climate summit…Businesses are aware that…there is a danger that emission reductions will come from painful and complex top-down government mandates. What they want instead is a framework for...

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6 December 2015

Coalition of business leaders challenges 2C climate change target

Author: Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian (UK)

…[T]he chief executives of companies such as Virgin, Marks & Spencer, L’Oreal and Unilever said it was critical for governments to reach for stronger targets that would free the world’s economy from carbon emissions by 2050…The corporate leaders,...

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5 December 2015

COP21: Ban announces 'Climate Action 2016' partnership to maintain momentum after UN climate conference

Author: UN News Centre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today at the UN climate change conference (COP21) that a broad group of organizations will partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation…The Secretary-General,...

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4 December 2015

BSR's COP21 Daily Dispatch December 3/Day 4

Author: BSR

…With the opening of “Le Galerie des Solutions” yesterday, innovation and action by the private sector was on grand display…showcasing how business can take the lead on climate solutions…At BSR’s event…we were fortunate to have a special guest...

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3 December 2015

7 apparel company CEOs call for strong climate deal

Author: Meg Wilcox, Ceres

Citing droughts, temperature shifts and other impacts that will make apparel production “more difficult and costly,” the CEOs of seven top global apparel companies today issued a statement calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change...

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3 December 2015

As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up

Author: Dan Charles, NPR

…"It's very clear now that a changing climate will have a profound effect on agriculture," says Molly Brown, a geographer at the University of Maryland…[B]ig multinational companies can see it, because they buy shiploads of farm products from all over...

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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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