News of BP, ConocoPhillips and Caterpillar stepping down from their participation in U.S. Climate Action Partnership is a step backwards for stakeholder engagement around sensitive sustainability issues such as climate change.  The essence of USCAP was to bring unlikely partners together to have robust discussions around what climate legislation might look like and how corporations and environmental NGOs could find common ground.  Many companies, including GE, Honeywell and Shell, remain at the table alongside NGOs like the Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council.  Stakeholder engagement at this level and with these diverse players needs to continue so that the private sector continues to make progress and not end up in gridlock like Washington.

 – Written by Barb Brown, Principal and Co-Owner of BrownFlynn