In 2020, New Belgium's flagship Fat Tire became America’s first certified carbon neutral beer, and we committed to making our entire business carbon neutral by 2030. We're proud of this progress – after all, deep investments in climate solutions is a vital part of Human-Powered Business because climate change threatens the future prosperity of our coworkers, communities and customers. Not to mention beer itself!
But we also know that as a medium-sized company, we can only have a medium-sized impact. We need more of the big guys to step up too – after all, the large majority of global carbon emissions can be traced back to just a few dozen of the world's biggest corporations.
Amazingly, almost two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies still don't have meaningful plans to address climate change by 2030 – the year scientists say climate change could be irreversible. We need these companies to use their power to make a positive impact on the planet.
As a current or prospective employee, especially in a market favorable to workers, your voice is an incredible source of power if you use it to advocate for strong action from your employer to help solve climate change. There are many surveys that show that Americans and people from all over the world increasingly want to work for companies that take climate change seriously and act on those principles by reducing emissions, investing in solutions like clean energy and regenerative agriculture, and advocate for climate action policy.
If you work for a Fortune 500 company – or might be considering a job change – we've created a simple tool that enables you to search the world's biggest businesses and discover whether or not they're walking the talk on climate. You can then use your voice on social media to either thank these companies for taking action, or urge the laggards to step up. If you're on the inside of one of these companies, it's especially powerful if you can work collaboratively with your coworkers to urge leadership to make climate action their business. Or if you're heading out for a job interview, make sure to be informed about where a company falls on the climate leadership question, and ask about it!