The CEO Climate Dialogue

Meridian helped CEOs from Fortune 500 companies work with environmental NGOs to advance business-friendly climate policies that protect people, the environment, and the economy.

Climate change has created—and will continue to create—immense economic impacts that disrupt corporate business models and affect people’s livelihoods. Faced with this reality, many business leaders are eager to advance a cleaner energy future. However, there are limited opportunities for CEOs to collaborate and identify shared priorities for new federal climate change legislation. 

To meet this need, CEOs from several Fortune 500 companies and national environmental NGOs came together in 2016 to launch the CEO Climate Dialogue. As the group’s facilitator, Meridian has helped business and environmental leaders collaborate with each other—and with lawmakers—to develop bold and business-friendly climate policies.

The CEOs and their staff called on Meridian to serve as the group’s strategic advisor and facilitator in their push for bipartisan federal climate legislation. Meridian has guided the group of participating CEOs and their staff as they advance federal climate policies that meet six basic principles. Meridian helps CEO Climate Dialogue members work with Congressional leaders who are positioned to advance legislation based on those guiding principles.

The CEO Climate Dialogue has brought increased attention to the role of business leaders from high-emitting industries who are willing and able to push for significant carbon emissions reductions through policy. As additional companies join the group, it is bringing important momentum to climate action in the U.S. Congress.