by Janet Pomeroy, President, Green Chamber of Commerce *
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has come under fierce criticism for its
opposition to environmental protection, its massive campaign contributions
to candidates who are decidedly non-green, and its pledge to litigate
against financial reform.
The U.S. Chamber has launched numerous attacks on environmental legislation
as they oppose any move to support a more progressive energy policy. The
Chamber’s opposition to congressional measures to reduce global warming has
even led some large corporations to withdraw their memberships, including
Pacific Gas and Electric, Exelon Corporation, and Apple, while Nike resigned
from its board of directors.
It is clear that U.S. Chamber’s policies not only sabotage environmental
protection, but do not accurately represent the interests of many
businesses. Large corporations who have embraced corporate social
responsibility are separating themselves from the U.S. Chamber.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to this antiquated view on business:
the Green Chamber of Commerce, which challenges outdated and discredited
opposition to business and the environment. The Green Chamber believes that
environmental responsibility and sound business practice are not only
compatible, but that green business is good business. With this premise, the
Green Chamber supports public policies that encourage green business.
The Green Chamber embraces the “triple bottom line” of “people, planet,
profit.” The idea is that business should provide for human and
environmental needs with the goal of stimulating economic development.
If you are disappointed with the U.S. Chamber’s longstanding opposition to
better environmental policy, consider joining the Green Chamber of Commerce.
* Retrieved from the Internet on May 31, 2011, at