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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

ACCO Publishes Report on Corporate Trends in Climate Governance

Climate change governance is an increasingly important issue as more organizations are becoming mature in their climate change strategies. While best practices in some areas have emerged, there is little consensus on the most effective way to govern climate change within an organization. This report examines data publicly reported to the carbon disclosure project (CDP) from the Investor cdp Questionnaire to determine trends in climate change governance and uncover relationships between governance and performance.

The cdp data shows that there is a relationship between industry sector and climate change governance. Sectors exhibit differences in the amount of incentives given and the highest organizational level that is directly responsible for climate change. Organizations that are better known or have larger revenue also showed a relationship with climate change governance. Fortune 500 and high visibility brand organizations had more climate change governance than other organizations. Finally, both total revenue and disclosure scores for companies were related to their climate change governance. Generally, more climate change governance was related both to higher revenue and a higher disclosure score.

Click here to download the full report.

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