What a Difference a Year Makes
When we launched the Climate Declaration one year ago, our goal was to get 100 companies to sign in 100 days. Within the first week we surpassed that goal, demonstrating that businesses are serious about tackling climate change. Today, more than 750 businesses have signed the Climate Declaration and many of them are taking actions to reduce their own environmental impacts.
To celebrate the Climate Declaration’s One-Year Anniversary, and to keep the heat on Washington to take action on climate change, we gathered 20 company leaders, including IKEA, Sprint, Mars, JLL, and VF Corporation, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to talk with policymakers about the business risks and opportunities of climate change, and why the U.S. needs to take action now.
Company executives briefed the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change on the threats and opportunities of climate change on their businesses. The purpose of the task force, co-chaired by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, is to “focus congressional and public attention on climate change and to develop effective policy responses to this urgent challenge”. Senator Whitehouse, who convened the hearing, urged companies to “turn our murmur into a message” and spend more of their political capital on the climate issue.
Watch the briefing below.
In addition to joining BICEP in DC for our Hill Day, Climate Declaration signatories made their own statements of support in celebration. Read the op-ed and blogs below on why companies signed the Climate Declaration and what steps they are taking to tackle climate change: