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



Neil Blomquist

President, Sustainable Solutions





Lara Jackle Dickinson

Climate Collaborative Co-Founder 

Executive Director & Co-Founder, OSC2

Partner, Pluot Consulting

Katherine_DiMatteo_square.jpg          Katherine DiMatteo

Independent Consultant     




Don Seville

Co-Director, Sustainable Food Lab



Amy Kirtland

Executive Vice President Natural Channel and Fresh, KeHE Distributors (KeHE)





John Tansey

Chief Operating Officer, Happy Family Organics




Corinne Shindelar

Principal,  All Natural Strategies, LLC





Alison Czeczuga

Sustainability & Social Impact Manager, Gaia Herbs




Seeking Executive Director

Operations Team

 CAITLIN_OLESON_500X500.jpg          Caitlin Oleson

           Operations & Programming Manager,

           The Climate Collaborative


Strategic Advisor 


Nancy Hirshberg

Climate Collaborative Co-Founder

Chief Catalyst, Hirshberg Strategic



Advisory Board

  Ahmed-photo-150x150.png          Ahmed Rahim

Co-Founder & Director, OSC2

CEO and Master Tea Blender, Numi Organic Tea



            Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President & Market Leader

New Hope Network



            Chris Mann

CEO & Chairman of the Gourd




Christina Volgyesi

Vice President of Marketing

Dr. Bronner's



Deanna Bratter

Director of Sustainable Development Strategy

Danone North America



Erica Schulte King

Director of Marketing and Communications

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association



Janice Hall

President and Founder

Natural Network International 




Joel Makower

Chairman & Executive Editor

GreenBiz Group, Inc. 



Mark A. Retzloff

Co-Founder of Horizon Organic Dairy, Aurora Organic Dairy, and Alfalfa's Markets




Review Board



Jane Franch

Director of Quality, Sourcing & Sustainability

Numi Organic Tea





Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

Stonyfield Farm




Katie_Clark_Web.jpg        Katie Clark

        Director of Sustainability

        Happy Family Organics





Tobias Bandel

Managing Partner

Soil & More International




JoAnne Berkenkamp

Managing Director,

MBOLD initiative




LindaBrown.jpg           Linda Brown

Senior Vice President

SCS Global Services




Paul Hawken

Executive Director

Project Drawdown




Anne_Kelly_crop.jpg             Anne Kelly

Vice President of Government Relations, CERES

Director, BICEP



Danielle Nierenberg


Food Tank




Cara Pike

Founder & Director

Climate Access




John Roulac






Jessica Shade

Director of Science Programs

The Organic Center





Jigar Shah

President & Co-Founder

Generate Capital






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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