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15 Jun 2017

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Elizabeth Warren

After Paris, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Members’ Reputations Are On The Line

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce...wields the largest lobbying force on Capitol Hill...The biggest benefit the Chamber offers is to let companies say one thing and do another. For example, Pepsi has committed to fighting climate change by reducing deforestation...sign[ing] the American Business Act on Climate Pledge in support of the Paris climate agreement, [taking] the Caring for Climate pledge as part of the United Nations Global Compact, [and] joining more than 1,000 companies in signing onto the sustainable business and investing group Ceres’s Climate Change Declaration...[Yet] Pepsi pays regular big-money dues to fund the Chamber, while the Chamber actively fights against all of Pepsi’s public positions on environmental issues. The Chamber was publicly critical of the Paris accord and funded a study that inflated its costs, which President Trump used to justify his decision to quit the pact...Pepsi isn’t the only company whose stated corporate values are at odds with the aggressive work of the Chamber that claims to represent them...Public Citizen has called on Pepsi, Gap, and Disney to honor their pro-health and pro-environment public commitments by joining the ranks of companies that have decided to leave the Chamber...It is time all Chamber members took a long, hard look at whether the Chamber truly represents their values. [also refers to Apple, Coca-Cola, CVS, Disney, Exelon, Ford, Gap, Pepsi, PG&E]