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The Standard for Climate Leadership

Your political influence is a critical tool in the fight against climate change. Corporate leadership in the climate crisis means embracing a science-based climate policy agenda with the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — producing no more climate pollution than can be removed – by 2050.

That’s consistent with what the IPCC says is needed to limit the worst impacts of climate change. It means making climate policy a top advocacy priority – on a par with tax or trade or any other core business issue – and driving that advocacy from the C-suite.

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The Business Case for Climate Policy

Why support policies that drive down GHG emissions?

Risk Reduction
U.S. climate policy is essential for mitigating climate-related risks to your business and the economy, raising global ambition, and spurring action in other countries.
Cost Reduction
Swift action is critical to address the climate crisis at the lowest possible cost. The longer we delay, the more drastic and expensive the inevitable policy response will be.
Goal Achievement
Your success in meeting your climate goals may depend on policies that increase access to low-carbon energy and reduce emissions economy-wide.
Supporting climate policy shows you’re serious about environmental stewardship. And more people want to buy from companies that share their values and are making a positive impact.
Regulatory Certainty
Prolonged uncertainty about climate policy is bad for business. By contrast, clear and predictable policies enable long-term planning and investment.
A Level Playing Field
Comprehensive climate policy ensures that all businesses play by the same rules, so companies that lead in reducing emissions aren’t undercut by laggards.
A Seat at the Table
Sooner or later, there will be a public policy response to climate change. Companies that engage early will have an opportunity to shape it.
Stakeholder Expectations
Investors are increasingly asking companies to align their lobbying with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Climate leadership is becoming a key factor in attracting and retaining employees. And consumers expect businesses to be part of the solution to climate change.