Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy
- 14 November 2013
The Climate Group, in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ceres, CDP and the UN's Caring for Climate (which is made up of the UNGC, UNEP and UNFCCC), has developed the Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy to provide companies around the world with practical guidance for engaging constructively in climate policy debates.
The report draws on interviews with over 75 business and policy leaders from 20 countries, to help set baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive input for governments to create effective climate policies.
For the first time, companies have a guide to manage and report on their direct and indirect influences on climate policy. The report helps companies connect sustainability commitments, including emissions reductions across value chains and efficiency improvements, with their corporate policy positions, in a transparent and accountable way.
Looking at past research on corporate lobbying and public policy advocacy, the authors define five core elements of responsible engagement and suggests three practical actions for companies:
- Identify the company’s opportunity and legitimacy by creating an inventory of its influences on climate policy;
- Align its positions and influences to ensure consistency and accountability; and
- Report on climate change policy influences, intentions and outcomes using a three-tiered framework for transparency.
The report will be the focus at the Caring for Climate Business Forum, November 19-20, at COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, where the role of business in policymaking is receiving increased attention as the pressure is on to achieve a global, legal climate agreement by 2015. Caring for Climate is an initiative convened by UN Global Compact, the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Graphic from the report showing the post-2015 business engagement architecture on climate policy (click it to share on Twitter):