An open letter to the CEOs of Business Roundtable members who have said they are “All In” for Climate Action
September 16, 2021
TO: Mike Roman, 3M; Shantanu Narayen, Adobe; Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc.; Andy Jassy, Amazon; Tim Cook, Apple; James Quincey, The Coca-Cola Company; Michael Dell, Dell Technologies; Pedro J. Pizarro, Edison International; Sonia Syngal, Gap Inc.; Enrique Lores, HP Inc.; George Oliver, Johnson Controls; Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson; David Kohler, Kohler Co.; Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co.; Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corporation; Ted Sarandos, Netflix; John Donahoe, Nike, Inc.; Dan Schulman, PayPal; Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo; Patrice Louvet, Ralph Lauren Corporation; Marc Benioff, Salesforce; James P. Keane, Steelcase Inc.; Doug McMillon, Walmart; Aneel Bhusri, Workday.
As CEOs of major corporations, you understand the devastating impacts that the climate crisis is having across the country and the economic perils of inaction. Even as the federal government left the Paris Agreement on June 5, 2017, you joined forces with mayors and local officials, governors and tribal leaders, colleges and universities, faith communities, investors, and others to demonstrate and declare your commitment to bold climate action.
Many of you called on the United States to adopt the ambitious and attainable target of cutting GHG emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. Others have called on the federal government to “undertake the necessary actions to achieve a 100% clean energy power sector as soon as feasible.” Shoulder to shoulder with other local and institutional leaders, you signed a pledge to “support these policies at the national and local level, and place climate considerations at the core of our own institutions: how we do business, how we invest, how we govern, how we educate, how we serve.”
Now, we are writing to you at a defining moment for our country and the planet. We have a question for you, and you have a choice to make: Are you still in?
The current window for transformative federal action on climate is slim, and if we miss it, it may not reopen. Families across the country will face even more devastating droughts, wildfires, super storms, and flooding. America’s financial and economic well-being will suffer too.
Congress has an opportunity to modernize and revitalize our economy and put us on a clear path to cutting climate pollution in half by 2030 with the Build Back Better Act.
While we know you have pledged to fight for climate action, you are also connected to a massive effort to sabotage and gut the critically important set of climate investments embodied in the President’s Build Back Better budget through your membership in the Business Roundtable and for many of you, your membership in, and continued financial support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
There is no time to waste in distancing yourself from these efforts. As a member of the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, you must step in, call for the passage of immediate climate investments through the Build Back Better Act, and publicly break with their campaign to undermine our best chance to take meaningful climate action at the federal level.
We are asking you to live up to your climate commitments when it matters the most. Together, we can tackle the climate crisis, address environmental injustice, create millions of good paying jobs, and protect our children’s future as well as our nation’s security, prosperity, and health.
LaTricea Adams, President, Black Millennials 4 Flint
Margie Alt, Campaign Director, Climate Action Campaign
Manish Bapna, President and CEO, Natural Resources Defense Council
Elizabeth Bast, Executive Director, Oil Change International
Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of Government Relations, The Episcopal Church
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Gary Cohen, President, Health Care Without Harm
Rev. Nathan Empsall, Executive Director, Faithful America
George Goehl, Director, People’s Action
Jon Goldin-Dubois, President, Western Resource Advocates
Michael Hansen, Executive Director, GASP
Susan Hendershot, President, Interfaith Power and Light
Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters
Johanna Chao Kreilick, CEO, Union of Concerned Scientists
Lori Lodes, Executive Director, Climate Power
Mark Magaña, Founding President & CEO of GreenLatinos
Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party
Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy
Faye Park, President, U.S. PIRG
Theresa Pierno, President and CEO, National Parks Conservation Association
John Podesta, Founder, Center for American Progress
Varshini Prakash, Executive Director, Sunrise Movement
Andrew Reagan, Executive Director, Clean Energy for America
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder & CEO, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action
Joe Salazar, Executive Director, Colorado Rising
Gregg Small, Executive Director, Climate Solutions
Stephen A. Smith, DVM, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Daniel L. Sosland, President, Acadia Center
Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Ean Thomas Tafoya, Co-Founder and Board President, Headwaters Protectors
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Wendy Wendlandt, President, Environment America