Focus on Nations and Big Businesses Misses 99.7% of the U.S. Employers
As government and business leaders gather in Paris for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aka COP21, there is an important element missing – small businesses – according to Rebecca R. Rubin, President and CEO of 13-year old international environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day LLC.
Small business interests should be a vital consideration at the climate talks table, because they constitute such a major component of the economy. In the U.S., 99.7 percent of employer firms are small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Therefore, small businesses have the ability to have a tremendous cultural impact by influencing how their employees think about climate-related issues. The Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Sergio Arzeni, called small business “the Heart of the Global Economy.”
“While I applaud big business for making significant commitments to reduce their carbon footprints, to effect lasting and profound change we need to change more than just technologies – we also need to change the culture,” Rubin said. “To facilitate that cultural shift we need small business to have an active role and serious consideration in any climate change impact regime, especially of COP21’s magnitude, because of the impact of small businesses.”
Marstel-Day, named to the Inc. 500/5000 seven consecutive years, has demonstrated how a business’s culture can positively influence its employees, clients, vendors and community, including the people who work with their clients and vendors. The firm’s innovative holistic approach and recommendations have helped conserve millions of acres of natural habitat, as well as reduce costs, while conserving water and energy and cutting emissions and waste.
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Marstel-Day is an award-winning, international environmental and conservation consulting firm that provides solutions to the business, government, and nonprofit sectors on climate and water risk, land use/encroachment management, sustainability management, energy planning, and natural resource services. With global teams across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Marstel-Day serves clients worldwide, and is an official partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program. @marstelday; One-minute video: https://www.marstel-day.com/media/videos/.