While CorpEthics has worked with many different NGO partners, in recent years there are several that we consider to be our closest working partners. They include:
The Sierra Club has been a powerful ally starting with the Great Bear Rainforest Campaign in the late 90s. They were one of the critical core groups in the Tar Sands Campaign and hugely responsible for the victory over the Keystone XL pipeline. They continue in that role with the Moving Beyond Oil Campaign and are fighting on multiple fronts to stop all public lands and waters oil and gas drilling, block new oil terminals on the West Coast, and block tar sands pipelines in the Great Lakes states. We also work closely with several chapters of the Sierra Club, but especially with the California Chapter, which is leading the California Buy Clean government procurement campaign to drive energy efficiency into the procurement selection process.
The National Resources Defense Council has also been one of our most powerful allies beginning with its work as a core member of the Coastal Rainforest Coalition, which successfully protected tens of millions of acres of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. They were absolutely essential to the success of the Tar Sands Campaign both in the U.S. and in Canada. And now they are among the core groups leading the effort to protect all U.S. public lands and waters, particularly the Arctic seas, but also the Atlantic and Gulf.
Stand (formerly ForestEthics) evolved from the Coastal Rainforest Coalition and continued to lead efforts to protect the Great Bear Rainforest long after the campaign ended. They coordinate the national Crude Awakening Network of NGOs fighting the expansion of crude by rail across the U.S. This campaign is a central element in the Beyond Oil Campaign. Stand is now preparing to initiate a supply chain campaign to pressure U.S. corporations to demand their Asian suppliers dramatically improve their energy efficiency and reliance on renewable energy.
Focused exclusively on climate, 350.org was critical to the success of the Keystone XL pipeline campaign that jump-started the climate movement in the U.S. They played a critical role in organizing non-violent civil disobedience at the White House to demand the KXL be rejected. They were also critical in organizing large scale rallies to circle the White House, one of them exceeding 40,000 people. They now lead the effort to hold Exxon accountable for its efforts to undercut public belief in climate change.
OCI is the go-to organization in the climate movement for oil industry analysis. It tracks industry developments and provides valuable strategic guidance to other NGOs working to end our dependence on oil. OCI published numerous reports on tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline and worked closely with investor groups to challenge the economic case for developing the tar sands. They continue to play a critical role analyzing the carbon budget and need for a climate test for all proposed oil development in North America. They are also one of the lead groups challenging oil subsidies in the U.S. and Europe.