Commit. Act. Impact.

Walker, there is no path. The path is made by walking.
- Antonio Machado (1875-1939) (from Reinventing Fire, Lovins & RMI, 2011) 

Our Vision

Leveraging the power of the natural products industry to reverse climate change.


Our Mission

We are concerned businesses from the natural products industry working collaboratively to catalyze bold action, amplify the voice of business and promote sound policy to reverse climate change.


Our Values

Collaborative. Strategic. Inclusive. Impactful. Ego-Free. Determined.


Our Story

The Climate Collaborative was born from a belief shared by natural food leaders that our industry has great potential to do much more to reverse climate change by working together.  The idea grew from a phone call between Jessica Rolph and Lara Dickinson - both in different parts of the country and both personally and professionally feeling the effects of climate change. Lara committed to making this the next OSC2 Collaborative Project and along with Jessica, Nancy Hirshberg and Katherine DiMatteo of SFTA, the team developed a plan. From the start, New Hope Network partnered with the Collaborative and committed their resources and enthusiasm to driving climate action in the industry. The Climate Collaborative launched on Climate Day at Expo West on March 8, 2017.   

The Climate Collaborative was approved by the OSC2 and SFTA boards as a joint project in September 2016. In April 2017 the Sustainable Food Lab, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, became the Climate Collaborative’s partner and fiscal sponsor.


Our Manifesto

We are manufacturers, retailers, distributors, brokers, suppliers and other concerned businesses from the natural foods industry working collaboratively to take bold action to reverse climate change. 

We are a community of businesses joining forces to create pathways to action, connecting companies to resources and working together to create solutions. We shine a light on success stories and recognize companies for their great climate work which in turn inspires more companies to act. 

We are a catalyst for change. Big, bold change.

We’re turning-up the heat to challenge our peers to up their climate game. 

Climate change is here now.

We already feel its effects. While climate change is one of the biggest risks ever to face humankind, read more...

 

 

All organizations listed on Climate Collaborative website have made a public commitment to climate action and have agreed to let the Climate Collaborative make that commitment public on our website and in our communications. This is in no way an endorsement by the Climate Collaborative or a certification of any kind. The Climate Collaborative logo may not be used without the written permission of the Climate Collaborative. 


 

 

Management Board

 

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Neil Blomquist

President, Sustainable Solutions

 

 

  

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Lara Jackle Dickinson

Climate Collaborative Co-Founder 

Executive Director & Co-Founder, OSC2

Partner, Pluot Consulting

 

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Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director, Sustainable Food Trade Association

 

     

 

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 Jessica Rolph

Climate Collaborative Co-Founder

Founding Partner & Board Member, Happy Family Brands 

  

 

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Don Seville

Co-Director, Sustainable Food Lab

 

 

Strategic Advisor 

 

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Nancy Hirshberg

Climate Collaborative Co-Founder

Chief Catalyst, Hirshberg Strategic

 

 

 

 

Advisory Board

  


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Deanna Bratter

Director of Corporate Sustainability

The WhiteWave Foods Company

 

 

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Joel Makower

Chairman & Executive Editor

GreenBiz Group, Inc. 

 

 

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Chris Mann

CEO & Chairman of the Gourd

Guayaki

 

 

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Theresa Marquez

Mission Executive

CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley/Organic Prairie

 

 

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Carlotta Mast

Executive Director of Content & Insights

New Hope Network

 

 

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Ahmed Rahim

Co-Founder & Director, OSC2

CEO and Master Tea Blender, Numi Organic Tea

 

 

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Shauna Sadowski

Vice President of Corporate Sustainability & Industry Relations

Annie's, Inc.

 

 

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Corinne Shindelar

CEO

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association

 

 

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Robynn Shrader

CEO

National Co+op Grocers Association

 

 

 

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Les Szabo

Business Development Advisor

Dr. Bronner's Magical Soaps

 

 

 

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Nigel Topping

CEO

We Mean Business

 

 

 

 

Review Board

 

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Jane Franch

Director of Quality, Sourcing & Sustainability

Numi Organic Tea

 

 

 

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Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

Stonyfield Farms

 

 

 

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Hansel New

Manager of Corporate Sustainability

The WhiteWave Foods Company

 

 

 

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Sheila Ongie

Sustainability Specialist

National Co+op Grocers Association

 

 

 

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Jonathan Reinbold

Sustainability Research & Grant Manager

Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

 

 

 

Advisors

 

 

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Tobias Bandel

Managing Partner

Soil & More International

 

 

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Linda Brown

Senior Vice President

SCS Global Services

 

 

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Paul Hawken

Executive Director

Project Drawdown

 

 

 

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Anne Kelly

Senior Director of Public Policy, CERES

Director, BICEP

 

 

 

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Danielle Nierenberg

President

Food Tank

 

 

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Cara Pike

Founder & Director

Climate Access

 

 

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John Roulac

CEO

Nutiva

  

 

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Jessica Shade

Director of Science Programs

The Organic Center

 

 

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Jigar Shah

President & Co-Founder

Generate Capital

 

 

 

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Eric Toensmeier

Author of The Carbon Farming Solution

Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown

 

 

 

 


We are indebted to We Mean Business - a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors for their assistance in developing the content for our commitment areas.

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