Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy
To help companies engage in climate policy, Caring for Climate, in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Climate Group, Ceres and CDP, has developed The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy to provide companies with practical guidance for engaging constructively in climate policy debates.
Drawing on insights from interviews with more than 60 individuals from 20 countries, the guide sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive, constructive input for Governments to create effective climate policies. It helps companies to connect the dots between sustainability commitments, such as emissions reductions across their value chains and efficiency improvements, with their corporate policy positions. Further, the Guide helps companies engage in climate policy in a transparent and accountable way that is consistent with their sustainability commitments. For the first time, companies have a guide to manage and report on their direct and indirect influences on climate policy.
The report synthesizes past research on corporate lobbying and public policy advocacy to define five core elements of responsible engagement:
Most importantly, the guide puts core elements of responsible corporate engagement into three practical “action items” for companies to inform and advance effective climate change policy:
1) Engage for Legitimacy and Opportunity
2) Align for Consistency and Accountability
3) Report for Transparency
At the Caring for Climate Business Forum, 19-20 November, in Warsaw Poland (during the 19th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC) there will be a special session to present the guide and give different stakeholder perspectives on the need to for action to accelerate responsible climate policy engagement in the lead up to the historic opportunity for business to elevate missions and strategies to align with an ambitious global legal agreement by 2015.