Retail & Consumer sector

As climate change brings warmer temperatures, increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and decreased availability of natural resources, Retail and Consumer companies can expect their consumers, supply chains, and retail locations to feel the impacts.  In response, they are implementing more efficient technology and resource management practices in their operations and supply chains, and are developing products that enable consumers to reduce their carbon impact. Carbon Fee and Dividend (CFD) is projected to lead to significant increases in production and job creation in this sector.  We have been working with Unilever while Johnson & Johnson and P&G have recently expressed their support of CFD legislation.  

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Team Leaders

Laura Madden has worked in public policy, advocacy, government and political affairs in Washington, DC for 30 years.  In 1987, as majority staff for Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, she was involved in oversight and legislation on nutrition and food policy, food safety, pesticides, conservation and rural development programs.  She also served as senior staff in the House of Representatives. Laura is a government affairs professional, and her work has always sought to achieve consensus solutions and alliance with community, business and nonprofit stakeholders.

In 2010, Laura took the lead on federal government affairs for the Consumer Specialty Products Association, a consumer products trade association for 230+ member companies. Today, as an independent consultant and entrepreneur, Laura has created Phoenix Consults LLC to continue building alliances with high integrity and high impact private and nonprofit/social enterprise--and to catalyze community and economic opportunity through innovative partnerships and services--toward a more socially/economically just, environmentally sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling future.

Randy Salim has worked in senior management of media, internet and non-profit companies.  He lived in the Philippines and Hong Kong where he lead the business development efforts for The Economist Intelligence Unit (part of The Economist Group) in Asia.  In 1996 he joined Yahoo! as their first business development director where he was involved in a variety of distribution, content and international partnerships and extensions.  He is a certified Waldorf grades teacher, a ceramic artist, avid surfer and father concerned about stewarding the earth for future generations. Since his days as an economics student at the University of Michigan he has believed that pollution needs to be properly accounted for, a belief that has led to his work with CCL and Business Climate Leaders.