An Innovative Strategic Alliance

ELM launched the ELM Corporate Council to build a bridge between the environmental community and leading Massachusetts companies that have demonstrated innovative environmental policies or practices.

Objectives

The objective of the ELM Corporate Council is to create a working alliance between the corporate sector and environmental advocates in order to improve environmental policy and business practice in the Commonwealth. The Council represents a counter-intuitive, pro-business and pro-environment association that educates and advocates for sound environmental and business regulatory policy.

Key elements are:

  • To develop a business-environmental public policy agenda and alliance to lobby state and local government jointly on behalf of environmentally-sensitive business practices and environmental regulations generally.
  • To showcase corporate environmental innovations as teachable models for others to adopt. 

Common Principles

Corporate Council members share a set of common principles including:

  • Affordable clean energy drives economic competitiveness, grid reliability, and air quality. Importantly, it improves the health of our employees and their families.
  • Well-resourced environmental agencies can permit at the speed of business. They also steward the public natural areas that are treasured amenities to our employees and customers.
  • Massachusetts has the potential to be a global leader in the design and export of climate solutions and technologies. A strong clean tech sector burnishes our brand as an innovation hotspot, attracts world-class talent to our economy, and grows tax revenues to re-invest across the state.
  • World-class mobility and transit infrastructure are essential to our economic growth, social mobility, and environmental goals.

Guidelines

Invitations to participate in the Corporate Council are guided by the following principles:

  • ELM will not associate with any corporate entity that is actively and consistently supporting environmental practices or policies opposed by ELM, regardless of other corporate initiatives that may be beneficial to the environment.
  • In determining Council membership, ELM will consider
    compliance history, environmental performance relative to others in their sector, business model, and corporate reputation.
  • ELM will not endorse a corporate entity generally, but will focus on a particular environmental innovation or extraordinary commitment to specific environmental safeguards.

Corporate Council Members