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A Guide for Companies

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The following are three essential actions to execute a science-based climate policy agenda.

  1. Advocate
    for policies consistent with achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
  2. Align
    your trade associations’ climate policy advocacy with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
  3. Allocate
    advocacy spending to advance climate policies, not obstruct them.
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Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to companies’ operations, value chains, employees and communities. The economic costs of climate change — from damage to facilities, disrupted operations and supply chains and lost productivity — are already in the hundreds of millions of dollars and expected to reach trillions. …

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The climate crisis is escalating before our eyes, causing unprecedented damage and threatening our children’s future. The costs of unabated climate change — already in the hundreds of billions of dollars — will grow to trillions, destabilizing the global economy and hurting nearly every business and family.

To limit the worst impacts of climate change, we need to achieve net-zero emissions — producing no more climate pollution than can be removed — in the United States and other industrialized nations by 2050, and worldwide soon thereafter. That’s the goal consistent with what science says is necessary.

A growing number of businesses recognize that a warming planet is a significant risk to their operations, value chains, customers, employees, shareholders and communities. We commend the many companies that have set science-based targets to cut climate pollution and encourage others to join them. In addition to these voluntary actions by companies, strong public policy is essential to create a level playing field and reduce climate pollution at the pace and scale needed. Given their power to shape public policy, businesses have a vital role to play in moving smart and effective climate policies forward. …


Climate Policy Leadership

Climate policy advocacy is an essential element of corporate sustainability leadership.

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