Best Buy: Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Speak For Us On Climate Change

Treehugger logo Many companies have used their environmental initiatives to position their brand. But it's more interesting when corporations take a position on climate change because it is such a polarizing issue right now. Best Buy has stated that it does not agree with the US Chamber of Commerce's position on climate. In addition, the corporation will not be decreasing its own emissions, but will support climate change legislation. Best Buy states, "Best Buy is addressing
our own carbon footprint resulting in a positive impact on the economic,
environmental and societal well-being of the planet.

Posted Mar. 22, 2010
By Daniel Kessler, Treehugger

Best buy jpeg Best Buy has announced that it does not align with the US Chamber of
Commerce's position on climate change. The business interest group has
fought against climate action in the Congress and has challenged the
validity of climate science. In a note
posted on its website
, Best Buy said that it is working on
decreasing its carbon footprint and that it supports comprehensive
climate change legislation. It did not announce that it is leaving the
Chamber however.

Best Buy says:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization
with varied business stakeholders and interests. Those interests among
industry don't always align; on the issue of climate change legislation
and regulatory actions, we have certainly seen this to be the case. Best
Buy has stated that we are supportive of comprehensive climate change
legislation and working to move toward a low carbon economy. With regard
to the Chamber's climate initiatives, the Chamber has not spoken for
Best Buy on these issues. We have shared our views with the Chamber and
will continue to do so. Best Buy's commitment to sustainability aligns
with global interests in addressing climate change. Best Buy is an
innovator in offering our customers products and services that enable
them to live more sustainably. At the same time, Best Buy is addressing
our own carbon footprint resulting in a positive impact on the economic,
environmental and societal well-being of the planet.

Last year, a number of businesses spoke out against the Chamber,
including Apple. Catherine A. Novelli, the vice-president of worldwide
government affairs at Apple, wrote in a
letter to Thomas J. Donohue
, president and chief executive of the
Chamber:

"We strongly object to the chamber's recent comments
opposing the E.P.A.'s effort to limit greenhouse gases. Apple supports
regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the
chamber at odds with us in this effort."

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