The scientific consensus on climate change, as articulated by a UN report, is that there’s just over a decade left to prevent catastrophic and irreversible damage as the Earth’s climate warms. That means that taking aggressive action against environmental disaster is no longer a matter of taking a side — it’s a matter of working together to ensure that future generations have a habitable planet to live on. With the scientific realities increasingly clear, businesses that haven’t always been enthusiastic about change are suddenly waking up to its necessity.
The narrative most people know is that corporations are reluctant to change their practices to become more sustainable. But corporate power has actually started to put its weight behind environmental advocacy, as many business leaders accept and embrace the real need to preserve the planet’s health. These five U.S. manufacturers are using their positions as giants of the industry to call for real action against climate change, as well as to take on the challenge themselves.