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C2ES Business Council members on the Paris Agreement withdrawal

Business Environmental Leadership Council members on the decision to leave the Paris Agreement

BHP Billiton

“We note, with disappointment, the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.”

–Company statement on Business Insider, June 2, 2017


“BP has long supported the Paris agreement, and we hope the Trump administration follows through with its intention to find a way for the U.S. to re-enter the accord — or another mechanism for addressing the global climate challenge — rather than to walk away from it entirely. BP continues to believe that it’s possible to provide the world the energy it needs and achieve economic growth while also helping to transition the world to lower-carbon forms of energy”

–BP Website, June 1, 2017

Dow Chemical Company

“While we are disappointed in the decision to withdraw the United States from its commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement, we understand there are always many potential solutions to challenges and are eager to work toward alternative solutions. We will continue to collaborate with President Trump as well as other businesses, NGOs and academics to continue to advocate for smart policies that enable the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that global markets stay open to American exports and innovation.”

–Dow Website, June 1, 2017

Duke Energy

“We will continue to work constructively with the administration, Congress and our stakeholders to try and advance energy policies that are in the best interest of our customers and our investors and that balance affordability and reliability with the protection of the environment that everybody seeks”

Spokeswoman Dawn Santoianni in the Triangle Business Journal, June 2, 2017

General Electric

“Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government,”

–Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt on Twitter, June 1, 2017

General Motors

“GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed. International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment.”

–Company statement on CNBC, June 1, 2017


Climate change is one of the most significant and urgent issues facing business and society today. The science is clear, the impacts are serious and the need to act is essential.

At HP, we see this not only as our responsibility, but vital to the longevity of our business. We support the Paris Climate Agreement and the global efforts to address climate change. HP is working to ensure our business is resilient, innovating to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapting to an evolving global business and regulatory environment that supports our customers, partners and employees.

–HP Website, June 1, 2017


“IBM supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement, and plans to continue its decades-long work to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and will continue to help our clients do so as well.”

–IBM statement on company website, June 1, 2017


“Intel believes that climate change is a serious […] challenge that warrants a serious societal response, and this belief is reflected in our own stewardship actions.”

–CEO Brian Krzanich in the New York Times, June 2, 2017

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

“I absolutely disagree with the Administration…  but we have a responsibility to engage our elected officials to work constructively and advocate for policies that improve people’s lives and protect our environment.”

–CEO Jamie Dimon, Fortune, June 2, 2017


“In the past few months, Microsoft has actively engaged the Trump Administration on the business case for remaining in the Paris Agreement. We’ve sent letters to and held meetings on this topic with senior officials in the State Department and the White House. And in the past month, we’ve joined with other American business leaders to take out full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Post, urging the Administration to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement.

We believe that continued U.S. participation benefits U.S. businesses and the economy in important and multiple ways. A global framework strengthens competitiveness for American businesses. It creates new markets for innovative clean technologies, from green power to smart grids to cloud-enabled solutions. And by strengthening global action over time, the Agreement reduces future climate damage to people and organizations around the world.

We are disappointed with today’s decision by the White House to withdraw the United States from the landmark, globally supported Paris Agreement on climate change.

We remain steadfastly committed to the sustainability, carbon and energy goals that we have set as a company and to the Paris Agreement’s ultimate success. Our experience shows us that these investments and innovations are good for our planet, our company, our customers and the economy.”

–President Brad Smith on LinkedIn, June 1, 2017


“Our support for the #ParisAgreement is well known. We will continue to do our part providing more & cleaner energy.”

–Company statement on Twitter, June 1, 2017