By signing the pledge, the companies are promising to take specific actions to lower their own greenhouse gas emissions. Their promises range from investing in low-carbon forms of energy to making their supply chains the process by which they create and deliver products more efficient. President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media while on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska earlier this year to draw attention to climate change.
The White House has mobilized 68 more companies to sign its “American Business Act on Climate Pledge,” in an effort to get U.S. businesses to cut emissions and improve the environment.
This is the first time that any administration has engaged the corporate sector to such a large extent in order to build momentum toward a global climate agreement. The White House says that collectively, the companies signing up to support climate action have operations in all 50 states, employ more than 9 million people and represent more than $3 trillion in annual revenue.
According to Brian Deese, senior adviser to President Obama and the West Wing point person on climate change, told reporters that taking action on climate change “is increasingly the right business decision.” Read more…