Jan 24, 2020

How to change corporate climate lobbying

Ben Geman, author of Generate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A big new Harvard Business Review story urges corporations to go much further on climate change and offers all kinds of recommendations.

Quick take: The whole piece by author and consultant Andrew Winston is worth reading. But what caught my eye was the way he calls out multinationals that back strong U.S. policies in principle — but then fail to really push policymakers.

  • "Companies must lobby for the policies that will lead to a low-carbon future, and senior executives need to show up in person," he writes (emphasis added).

Here are a few lines from the piece...

"For the most part, non–fossil fuel companies engage only in occasional special lobbying days organized by the likes of Ceres, the American Sustainable Business Council, and Business Climate Leaders."
"Those events are important, of course, but even the groups themselves acknowledge that the number of big companies with a consistent climate-action focus is small."

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