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


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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