Who We Are

Founded in 2002, the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) is a network of more than 60 acclaimed scholars from across the United States who work with a professional staff to improve public protections, environmental health, and workplace safety. Working with advocacy allies, we create powerful tools and strategies for policymakers and the public to advance just, equitable policies that ensure the well-being of all people, their communities, and our planet.

CPR is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

CPR's Vision

Thriving communities on a resilient planet.

CPR's Mission

Educate, Advocate, Collaborate: CPR drives policy reform with rigorous and accessible legal analysis designed for changemakers.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Pursuing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) is a moral imperative for CPR. Inadequate regulatory safeguards and disparities in implementation and enforcement of public interest laws disproportionately harm vulnerable communities, especially people of color and low-wealth families. We recognize these injustices are born of longstanding systemic inequalities, and are forms of continued systemic oppression.

CPR is committed to working with communities that experience disproportionate harm from existing and emerging environmental hazards, from climate change to workplace safety risks. Their lived experiences, CPR’s analytical capabilities, and our collaborative advocacy can enhance federal, state, and local government responses to those hazards. Since the government has failed to provide the necessary access, information, and resources for these communities to influence policy development and legal implementation, CPR is also committed to identifying legal reforms that enhance their influence in government and access to the courts.

By incorporating DEIJ principles into CPR’s work, we will position ourselves to most effectively and thoughtfully protect and strengthen health, safety, and environmental safeguards and empower the people whose lives depend on them.

CPR's Issues

CPR’s core issue areas are health, safety and the environment. Member Scholar and staff work in this area touches on such topics as:

  • Energy and the Environment, including climate and energy justice; the just transition to a clean energy economy; restoring the Chesapeake Bay and other Great Waters to health; clean air and water; enforcement of the nation’s environmental laws; environmental justice; disaster planning and response; toxics; and natural resources and public lands.
  • Workers’ Rights, including federal and state safeguards for workplaces; whistleblower protections; and CPR’s groundbreaking database tracking prosecutions of employers who endanger their employees' lives at work.
  • Regulatory Policy, including assaults on our safeguards; cost-benefit analysis; the economics of regulation; and ensuring that the regulatory process both follows the law and results in just, equitable policies that protecting the health, safety, and environment of all people and communities.
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