Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy

To reach a legally binding agreement in 2015 the role of companies to provide proactive, constructive input for governments and intergovernmental organizations to create effective climate policies is key. The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy provides practical insights on why and how companies can provide constructive influences on climate policy. It is the output of a review and consultation on responsible corporate engagement, undertaken by Caring for Climate in partnership with WRI, CDP, WWF, Ceres and The Climate Group.

Policy Study        Executive Brief Policy

The guide provides companies with practical guidance for engaging constructively in climate change policy debates and synthesizes past research on corporate lobbying and public policy advocacy to define five core elements of responsible engagement:

  • Legitimacy
  • Opportunity
  • Consistency
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

Most importantly, The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy puts these core elements into practical “action items” for companies to inform and advance effective climate change policy. Drawing on insights from interviews with more than 60 individuals with perspectives from 20 countries, the report proposes specific steps to:

Identify for Legitimacy and Opportunity

  • How companies can complete an “inventory” of climate change policy influences.
  • How companies can gain insights on risks and opportunities from internal and external experts.

Align for Consistency and Accountability

  • How companies can “audit” internal practices and external messages on climate change policy.
  • How companies can set up oversight for consistent policy influences on climate change policy.

Report for Transparency

  • How companies can report publicly on climate change policy influences.

Three Actions Diagram

Responsible companies are already acting to advance climate change policies. Others can build new capacity or find a safe space to engage in this type of debate. Companies lending their voice to solving one of today’s most pressing global problems can set an example to others, demonstrating their leadership by following the actions outlined in this report.

For further information and engagement opportunities, please contact Ms. Heidi Huusko at huusko@un.org.