Participants taking sides and refusing to compromise Apathetic participation If the discussion seems to be flagging, it can help to introduce a new question or alter the task so as to bring a fresh kind of thinking or a different group dynamic to bear. For example, you might switch from discussing an ethical issue in the abstract to a concrete case study, or shift from large-group discussion to small group or pair-work. Bring Closure It is important to leave time at the end of the discussion to synthesize the central issues covered, key questions raised, etc. There are a number of ways to synthesize.
Corporations have the right, of course, to weigh in on public policy issues that affect their interests. But too often they do so irresponsibly, misrepresenting and misusing science at the public's expense, and in recent years their influence has grown.
Corporations skew the national dialogue on climate policy in a variety of ways—making inconsistent statements across different venues, attacking science through industry-supported organizations, and taking advantage of the secrecy allowed them by current legal and regulatory structures.
Having It Both Ways Some corporations are contradictory in their actions, expressing concern about the threat of climate change in some venues—such as company websites, Security and Exchange Commission SEC filings, annual reports, or statements to Congress—while working to weaken policy responses to climate change in others.
For example, ConocoPhillips has acknowledged on its website that "human activity Contrarians By Proxy One way a company can work against effective climate policy while avoiding accountability for that work is to provide funding to outside groups that lobby against climate legislation and regulation or engage in advocacy campaigns against climate science.
Such groups range from business associations such as the National Association of Manufacturers to front groups like the Heartland Institute. Echoing the inconsistency in their other statements and actions on the issue, many companies belong to groups lobbying on both sides of the climate policy debate.
For example, Caterpillar is affiliated both with the World Resources Institute and Nature Conservancy, which advocate global warming solutions, and with the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation, which oppose them.
Of course, corporations may point out that the organizations they support work on many issues besides climate—but the fact remains that many of these groups take starkly anti-science positions on climate change and work aggressively to challenge science-based climate policies.
A Lack of Transparency When business interests can hide their influence on policy-making processes from public view, it becomes easier for them to manipulate perceptions of science and skew policy discussions.
There are several areas in which greater transparency is needed: Current law only requires corporate foundations to disclose their donations to the IRS; companies can get around this requirement by making their donations directly, bypassing their foundations.
This information is also hidden from shareholders: Lobbying and political expenditures. While companies are legally required to report their total expenditures on political contributions and lobbying, they are not required to disclose the particular issues for which these contributions are targeted.
So it is not possible to determine how much lobbying corporations are doing on climate issues. Business risks from climate change. Publicly traded companies are required to discuss risks that might materially affect their business in their annual SEC filings.
The report shows that compliance with this requirement with regard to climate change is not consistent; some companies address climate-related risks fully, some discuss only the possible impacts of climate regulation, neglecting the physical impacts of climate change, and others ignore the issue entirely.
Good and Bad Behavior It's not all bad news out there: The report shows that some companies, such as NIKE, appear to be consistently constructive in their climate-related statements and actions. At the other extreme, some companies appear to be almost uniformly obstructionist on climate issues.
This list is dominated by fossil-fuel companies such as Peabody Energy and Marathon Oil. But because of the lack of disclosure, it is impossible to say for sure whether companies are completely constructive or obstructionist.
The Path Forward Inappropriate corporate influence on the national dialogue on climate science and policy is a large-scale, complex problem requiring large-scale, complex solutions. However, there are a range of specific actions that can be taken in the near term to put the United States on the right path: Companies should disclose more information on how they influence the conversation on climate change and other issues of public interest.
Congress should investigate ways to require more disclosure of corporations' political activities. The SEC should require companies to disclose their political contributions and should specifically require that climate change be addressed in reports on business risks.
Investors and consumers should continue to work both individually and collectively to demand transparency, accountability, and integrity in the private sector. The media should be mindful of potential conflicts of interest among the experts and other individuals they rely on for information, and disclose such conflicts when found.
This report has been updated to clarify the nature of donations from General Electric Company to various think tanks and other non-profit organizations.Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.
To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working .
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Unfortunately, many U.S. companies are using their influence to muddy the waters—casting unwarranted doubt on the science, adding confusion to the policy discussion, and holding back or slowing down action on solutions.