My heart goes out to all of you as we close out what I know has been another busy and stress-filled month for our community. Thank you for working to keep our vital food supply chains running.

This month marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, when 10% of Americans came out to participate. Its success helped the passage of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Half a century later, the COVID-19 crisis has brought us to another crossroads moment on climate change, and I'm so grateful and inspired to see hundreds of you stepping up in response to it!

In our call last Friday Bill McKibben shared how critical it is for the economic recovery from COVID-19 to build in resilience to climate change. We also presented our plan to build back better from this crisis, and I'm thrilled that within a week 50 of you have stepped up and committed to being part of the upcoming LEAD on Climate virtual climate democracy event.

Your quick response gives us so much hope. Please continue to share your ideas and needs with us. We can't wait to get to work supporting all of you.

Warmly,

Erin

SNAPSHOT

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Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, Spoiler Alert, Beyond Good, Shroomeats, Mindful & Good, Olympic Range Creation, and Biji Kakao Trading. Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date. 

SPOTLIGHT: 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Award Winners

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The 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative award winners are a reminder that every journey begins with a single step—a goal to reduce plastic, a commitment to foods that restore rainforests, a willingness to test climate-friendly farming methods and share what is learned. Natural product companies are taking the climate crisis seriously and demonstrating that the new definition of success lies beyond “business as usual.” Read about our 2020 winners here!

IN THE NEWS

A Time to Save the Sick and Rescue the Planet

Stronger action on climate change would benefit the economy, study finds

New Poll: Voters Prioritize Directing Stimulus Funds to Clean Energy Rather than to Fossil Fuels

How the Pandemic is Creating a Plastic Boom

In the aisle: Retailers key to next-gen brands fulfilling their missions

RESOURCES

Recording: CC Comunity Meeting - Building a Climate Response to COVID-19

On April 24th we hosted a first-of-its-kind meeting for CC committed companies to learn about a call for action from our partner Ceres. We heard from Anne Kelly at Ceres and Nancy Hirshberg about the opportunity for companies to participate in LEAD Days May 12th and 13th. We also heard from Bill McKibben who shared a special message on the crucial role businesses can play in advocating for climate forward policy. Watch the recording here! 

 

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LEAD on Climate

The Climate Collaborative is a co-sponsor of LEAD on Climate on May 12-13; we hope you'll join (it's free) to receive advocacy training and be part of the largest business-led digital democracy event on climate. You can learn more and register here!

 

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Interview with Elizabeth Whitlow from the Regenerative Organic Alliance

As a follow-up to the Climate Collaborative's January Webinar, Mapping the Regenerative Standards Landscape, Lisa Spicka, Strategic Partnerships Director at Sustainable Food Trade Association, caught up with Elizabeth Whitlow to dive a bit deeper into the Regenerative Organic Alliance. Watch the interview here!

 

 

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Recording: Virtual Climate Day CEO Keynote

On April 3rd, we partnered with New Hope Network to convene a virtual Climate Day Keynote dialogue with the CEOs of Danone NA, W.S. Badger Company, and Seventh Generation--three companies defining what a holistic company-level response to climate change looks like. Moderated by GreenBiz Chairman Joel Makower, we dove into the changing role of business in responding to the climate crisis and the opportunity our industry has to come together for a collaborative response. Watch the recording here

 

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ReFED's 2019 Annual Report

Check out our partner ReFED's annual report here! Their report highlights the nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator Program, their plans for 2020, and what actions still need to be taken in order to reduce food waste by half by 2030. 

 

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The Sustainable Herbs Program Sustainability & Regenerative Practices Toolkit

The free SHP Toolkit is a collection of practical resources and best practices, specific to the herb and botanical business sectors, that businesses of any size can utilize to become more socially and environmentally responsible. You can download the toolkit here!

 

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2020 Committed Company Badge

For committed companies interested in sharing their climate commitments in annual reports and on their website, we've updated our Climate Collaborative Badge for you to use in 2020! It looks great in sustainability reports, web copy, and other communications around your company's climate actions. If you would like a copy to use or have questions around use of the badge or other Climate Collaborative branding issues, please email info@climatecollaborative.com.

 

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Partner Project: Confronting Climate Change with Action using SFTA’s CAMP Tool

As a follow-up to their webinar on March 24th, Sustainable Food Trade Association is offering up to three climate-committed candidates the opportunity to experience the CAMP service module at a deeply discounted rate. Built in conjunction with climate experts Good Company, this accessible SFTA tool walks participants through a detailed training on Climate Action Plans and uses proprietary tools to conduct a climate hotspot analysis and materiality assessment. Participants walk away with a prioritized list of climate opportunity actions to take, and resources to help them implement next steps. Learn more here!

 

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Announcements

OSC2 seeks Part-Time Program & Ops Manager

OSC2 is seeking candidates for the position of Program & Ops Manager. OSC2 is a member organization comprised of natural products CEOs and founders working together to build more regenerative business and agricultural systems. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization. Day to day activities include a mix of oversight, execution, and administration, across OSC2’s internal and external programs. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter explaining why this role is the right fit for you to hiring@osc2.org. Decisions will be made in early May and the estimated start date for the position is May 15.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Partner Event: LEAD on Climate

May 12-13, 2020

Lawmaker Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD) on Climate will virtually bring together businesses large and small, from sectors across the American economy, to call on Congress to pass meaningful climate legislation—including a price on carbon. With a cascade of new scientific findings and economic research showing the increasing impacts of climate change and growing public support for climate action, now is the time for the U.S. business community to make clear to Congress that a carbon price is a critical tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting future economic growth. Learn more and register here!


Back to Basics: A Climate Action Planning Primer

May 15, 11 AM PT // 12 PM MT // 1 PM CT // 2 PM ET

The Climate Collaborative has had hundreds of companies make new climate commitments in 2020, and in our May webinar, we'll be helping you get started on a path to action with a briefing on how to build a climate action plan for your company. Learn more and register here!


SHARE YOUR STORY

Have you had any climate impact successes you think we should know about? Send them our way and we’ll make sure that your lessons learned benefit the whole community. 

Send us any blog or social media posts your company publishes about your experience reducing your impact on the climate and we’ll spread the word!

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COMMIT TO CLIMATE ACTION

If you haven't already made a commitment to Climate Action please visit the Climate Collaborative website and check out the nine areas in which your company can make a commitment to bold climate action.

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