About The Climate Declaration
The Climate Declaration is a project of Ceres meant to build visible business support for U.S. action on climate change. Ceres launched the Climate Declaration on April 10, 2013, as a business leader call to action on the rising ecological, economic and human costs of climate change. Signed by more than 1,000 companies and thousands of individuals, the Climate Declaration asserts that a bold response to the climate challenge is one of the greatest American economic opportunities of the 21st century, and urges the public, policymakers and business leaders to take action.
At it's launch in Washington, DC, the Climate Declaration had been signed by 33 companies, most of which are members of Ceres' climate advocacy business coalition, BICEP. The Climate Declaration tapped into a well of concern, and within just one month had attracted more than a hundred companies to sign. One of those new signatories was General Motors, which announced its support at Ceres Annual Conference in San Francisco in May 2013, electrifying a room of 500 business leaders.
Shortly afterwards, President Obama took up the declaration’s mantle and exhorted to Congress to, “take a note from corporate America, because even if concerns about sustainability or climate change are put to one side, being careful with resources, managing costs for the future, controlling energy use and looking after your people is good for business.”
Policymakers listen to business leaders, and the Climate Declaration aims to demonstrate to them that credible American brands support strong climate change and energy policy at both the state and federal level. It also aims to champion the innovative actions these American companies are taking to both reduce their emissions and respond to the climate-related impacts they see rippling across their operations and supply chains.
Support for the Climate Declaration keeps snowballing. In October 2013, CBS featured the Climate Declaration's core message on its Jumbotron in New York’s Times Square. Business leaders within industries or states have joined together to launch their own customized climate declarations. Oregon and California, for example, have each launched Climate Declarations highlighting the unique business opportunities for their states. Similary, companies in the outdoor industry and small business owners have each launched their own Climate Declarations that call attention to specific opportunities for their sectors. Learn more about these Climate Declaration campaigns.
Many of these companies have gone beyond signing the Climate Declaration and have expressed their views on the need for climate policy by lobbying on Capitol Hill, sending letters to policymakers in support of climate action, and engaging with the public through social media about the business case for tackling climate change. Learn how your company can get involved.
As of September 2014, more than 1,000 companies have signed on including leaders like Apple, PepsiCo, General Mills, Sprint and IKEA—as an indication of their conviction that a bold response is not only urgently needed, but offers enormous economic opportunity.