Starting in early April this year, 40 large companies in the United States have started to come together to sign a "Climate Declaration," requesting that federal lawmakers take strong action on climate change. These green-minded, for-profit companies include Unilever, the North Face, General Motors, IKEA, Nike, Eileen Fisher, Levi Strauss & Co., eBay, Adidas, and many more. All told, the 40 signatories of the Climate Declaration account for around 550,000 U.S. jobs and a combined annual revenue of $611 billion.
The Climate Declaration was initiated by the non-profit Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) arm, which brings business leaders together to support sustainability initiatives. Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP, explained,"The signers of the Climate Declaration have a clear message for Washington: Act on climate change. Policymakers should see climate change policy for what it is: an economic opportunity."