Brands Taking Stands: The Next Chapter

In the most recent example of brands taking stands, 13 major corporations have written to President Trump urging him to keep the US signed on to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Their reason is simple: the bottom line. Continued US participation helps companies compete “by ensuring a more balanced global climate effort, setting long-term objectives, improving transparency, and encouraging market-based approaches to minimize costs.” The letter, organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, was signed by BP, DuPont, General Mills, Google, Intel, Microsoft, National Grid, Novartis Corporation, PG&E, Schneider Electric, Shell, Unilever and Walmart. These companies have a combined market capitalization of nearly $2.5 trillion. If money talks, this latest example of the trend to make a statement on behalf of progressive business strategy practically shouts. We’ll see if the President is listening.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Last week was the 12th annual Energy in the 21st Century Symposium, a forum for energy and energy policy practitioners in NY State. This year’s  focus was “How Can We Reach Our Renewable Energy Goals?” There was an unspoken understanding in the room that the question held a deeper significance than it had a year earlier.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In this age when activism ​has become more essential than ever to promote positive change​, America’s largest and longest-running green living and sustainability festival​ ​is embracing climate change activism by launching a new pavilion dedicated to advocacy. ​​Green Festival Expos has announced its 2017 schedule and it includes what it calls an ​'​Activism & Advocacy Pavilion​'​.

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Guest Author

Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community

Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a feeling that business should more accountable and trustworthy, the lack of which arguably contributed to some people’s decision to vote leave in the referendum last year.