Will the Bottom Line Make a Difference in Climate Change Decision?

Reportedly, we'll find out soon if the US remains in the Paris Agreement on climate change. If business really matters to the Trump Administration, you'd think that the message from major companies to keep the US in the Agreement "for the good of the U.S. economy" would make "remain" the obvious choice. Signees to full-page newspaper ads, sponsored by C2ES along with Ceres, include Adobe, Apple, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Danfoss Dignity Health, Facebook, Gap, Google, The Hartford, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Ingersoll Rand, Intel Corporation, Johnson Controls, Levi Strauss, Mars, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, National Grid, PG&E, Royal DSM, Salesforce, Schneider Electric, Tiffany, Unilever, and VF Corporation. These companies assert that "continued U.S. participation in the agreement will help them . . . compete in growing global clean energy markets." We'll see if Trumpian policy affirms that sustainability is the bottom line.

John Howell, Editorial Director