Friday, 8 May 2009

Corporations take a stand

In my blog on Tuesday I pointed out that some company bosses in the UK are starting to stand up and be counted around specific government policies with climate change implications, which has not been the case in the past (particularly among IT companies). It appears that something similar is happening in the US, although in the context of broader trade groups.

Political commentators Politico reports that the US Chamber of Commerce is coming in for some criticism from its members for its strong stand against some of the proposals in the pending global warming legislation in the US.

Johnson & Johnson and Nike are among more than 35 major corporations that object to the Chamber's position, apparently Johnson & Johnson has written to the Chamber asking it to restrict comments on climate change to "reflect the full range of views, especially those of Chamber members advocating congressional action.” Other letters may well be on the way and there is also talk of withholding dues from the Chamber in protest.

According to the article, Peter Altman, climate campaign director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, has analysed the views of the Chamber's members and concluded that 99 of the 122 companies represented on the Chamber’s board have not taken a public position on global warming, whilst 19 support regulation and four oppose or disagree with the science behind it.

What would be really interesting would be to see which of the major IT companies that belong to the Chamber have also objected to its stand and made their views known. Hopefully all of them.

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