BP and Google leave Alec: are companies finally taking climate change seriously?

Really original posted in the Guardian Sustainble Business, by Kellen Klein.

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It began with Microsoft in July, then Google in September – and now Facebook, Yelp, Yahoo, SAP America, AOL and eBay have all followed suit. These companies have now ended their relationship with the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, or Alec.

This isn’t the first exodus Alec has seen. Companies such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Walmart also pulled out of the group after it supported Florida’s 2005 “stand your ground” gun law after an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in 2012.

But the recent exodus is the first that is largely attributable to the organization’s views on climate change. The trend highlights a major change in business attitudes towards climate change, indicating – perhaps for the first time – that major tech companies see environmental regulation as key to business.

This tech shift has…

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2 comments on “BP and Google leave Alec: are companies finally taking climate change seriously?
  1. Kellen Klein says:

    Hi there, this was actually originally posted in the Guardian Sustainble Business, written by me. http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/25/bp-google-alec-exodus-climate-change. If you could adjust attribution I’d appreciate it. Thanks for sharing!

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