Consult with and gather input from all stakeholders about the proposed policy. This can help prevent potential citizen, merchant, and industrial opposition. Conduct this consultation throughout the process: at conception of the idea, during the process, and once the regulation is in effect.

Hold Community Workshops – Regulators and community activists should engage community input through workshops and hearings at the state or national level. At the local level, this can be through town hall meetings, community workshops, or listening sessions. At the state level, informational hearings in key districts are more appropriate.

Hold Business Workshops – Reach out to local business groups and ask for their help to get turnout for the meeting. Identify supporters in the business community and find ways to further their engagement. Ask them to attend hearings, visit legislators, and engage other friends and neighbors, or business leaders. At the state or national level, reach out to larger business associations, as well as big chains and brand-owners.

Conduct Surveys & Polling for different stakeholder groups. Can be formal or informal. Use different messaging to appeal to varied audiences.



A survey on customer and cafe behavoirs in response to a 2016 proposed foodware ordinance by Rethink Disposables

Fact sheet: The Buisness Cost of Single Use Disposables by Clean Water Action

Talking Points with Business by The Last Community Toolkit

Sample Business Communications Tools by The Last Straw Community Toolkit