98% (or 68% at least) of Major US Employers Concerned About Climate Change

Ron Loch at TriplePundit has the story.

In this election year there have been ubiquitous declarations about the concerns of America’s “job creators” which is understandable given the high rate of unemployment. But what has been missing from the discussion is that all but one of the top 50 employers in the U.S. is concerned about battling climate change.

An analysis of sustainability reports and corporate websites of the Fortune 50 list of top U.S. employers reveals that 68 percent specifically cite climate change as a key challenge, while everyone except Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company, has strategies to lower their carbon footprints and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

These are not just passing references. Forty of the 50 companies issue annual sustainability reports that clearly outline their mitigation plans and report their annual progress. Several use language similar to Hewlett-Packard, which describes climate change as “one of the most serious environmental and economic challenges facing global society today.”

OK, maybe 98% is sort of spinny. Everybody operating at a large scale wants to reduce energy expenditures. But that 68% is pretty striking in itself, considering the way the issue plays out in the press. Loch goes on to wonder about that.

According to the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research, which tracks coverage of global warming by major newspapers, coverage of climate change declined roughly 20 percent from 2010 to 2011 and nearly 42 percent from 2009′s peak coverage which include many stories about “Climategate” and a climate bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. While there has been an uptick this year due to some articles connecting the U.S. drought to climate change, the coverage is still well below levels seen between 2006 and 2009.

Our nation’s leading companies are using seriousness and innovation to tackle the pressing reality of climate change. It is time this is recognized and discussed more openly in the media.

h/t Leo Hickman


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