As part of our strategy to accelerate meaningful climate action throughout the entire grocery industry, we focus our work on brands, retailers, and distributors. However, we recognize that there are many other critical stakeholders that make our food system work. This is one of the reasons we often bring forward the perspectives of the farmer, supplier, and processor communities. It will take collective efforts across the entire food system to move the dial on climate. 

In alignment with this commitment, in early May we are launching our Retailer Climate Action Accelerator. This eight-session training is focused on supporting the climate action efforts of retailer communities. We would love your support in helping to connect this training to any retailers you know. If a retailer is interested, please encourage them to reach out, as we are committed to making it accessible to any retailers looking to deepen their climate efforts. We have had several brands reach out about attending some of the sessions. We would love to have you join us! You can access the registration here. All sessions will be recorded, so if you are registered, you can also access the recording and share it with your team. These sessions will offer plenty of time for you to engage directly with the speakers, so please bring all of your burning questions. We look forward to learning in community with you!

In collaboration,



Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative




Join Us! Training Series on Climate Action at Retail Opened Up for Brands & Manufacturers

Due to increased interest, we are thrilled to share that we are offering members of our brand and manufacturer community the opportunity to register for individual sessions of our Retailer Accelerator. Each session will focus on a different climate action area and will feature multiple subject matter experts who will connect directly with attendees. We'll address key climate issues in the retail sector, such as packaging, food waste, refrigerants, energy, consumer engagement, and more. Unlike webinars, these sessions will be hands-on, providing ample time to work through the questions and challenges you are facing in your work.  

Our deep thanks to Dr. Bronner's and Planet FWD for supporting this work!

UNFI Five-Part Webinar Series: Session 1 - Developing Your Climate Action Roadmap

April 30th, 2024; 1 pm ET // 12 PM CT // 11 AM MT // 10 AM PT

Join the UNFI and the Climate Collaborative for a five-part series on the steps you can take to accelerate your climate action. The first session is designed for food companies looking to formalize and accelerate their climate action. Pete Dignan, Adjunct Processor at CU Boulder Leeds School of Business, and Autumn Fox, Global Sustainability Director at Mars, Inc., will be sharing their insights. Join us as we:

  • Outline how to craft a comprehensive climate action roadmap tailored to your business needs
  • Gain clarity on the essential elements of a roadmap, successful engagement strategies, and practical steps towards implementation
  • Learn innovative approaches to secure buy-in across all levels – from executives to frontline employees.
  • Hear case studies from leaders who have successfully developed and implemented their climate action roadmap
  • Register here!

Webinar Recording: Driving Towards Sustainability - Opportunities to Reduce Transportation Emissions and Impacts

If you're facing challenges related to your transportation commitment, don't miss the recording of our April webinar as we dove into the climate impact and opportunities associated with transportation emissions. Experts from the EPA SmartWay program joined to shed light on the environmental implications of transportation and how companies can engage with their initiatives. Logistics provider Flock Freight spoke to their Shared Truckload (STL) model and Nature's Path Organic Foods provided valuable insights on their challenges and opportunities. 



Take the Pack Pact & Packaging 101 Guide

OSC is calling on bold brands to commit to tangible actions around circular packaging. By joining the Pack Pact, you are uniting with a community of change makers committed to circularity. To further support companies, OSC has created the Packaging 101 Guide for information on packaging waste, environmental justice concerns, the circular economy, and more. 

Connecting Climate and Nature to Advance Corporate Sustainability Action and Performance

The relationship between climate and nature is complex and interconnected. The success of climate strategies is closely linked to the success of nature strategies, and the success of nature strategies is connected to the success of climate strategies. This report provides guidance for companies early in their nature journey, that have not intentionally included a clear nature plan in their climate strategy, or do not yet have a nature plan. The report includes examples from Walmart, Kering, Guayaki Yerba Mate, and others to illustrate how to begin connecting climate and nature action and incorporating mitigation and resilience plans that protect, restore, and sustainably manage - by reducing and removing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and building and supporting healthy biodiversity and ecosystems. 

The Carbon Bankroll 2.0

Companies have historically treated their banking and investing as a climate-neutral activity, but as Topo Finance's new report reveals, companies' financial management may be both their largest source of emissions and their most powerful lever for climate action.

The Carbon Bankroll 2.0: From Awareness to Action report illuminates that these overlooked emissions are larger and more ubiquitous than previously reported. As a result, companies have an even greater responsibility and opportunity to leverage their financial management to drive exponential emissions reduction. 

The Business Guide to Advancing Climate Justice

B Lab U.S. & Canada has partnered with Forum for the Future to co-publish The Business Guide for Advancing Climate Justice. This guide is designed for businesses that are motivated to address the climate crisis through equity-centered solutions. It includes information about trust-building, partnership, and how to build and nurture relationships with frontline communities. 

Exciting Opportunity to Access Matching Funds to Support Your Regenerative Agriculture Work

Thanks to a substantial USDA Grant secured by Wolfe's Neck Center in collaboration with Zero Foodprint, a significant pool of funds has been made available to support businesses in their regenerative agriculture work through their Action for Climate-Smart Agriculture project.

A total of $7.2 million is set aside by Wolfe's Neck Center for the implementation of regenerative practices, managed through Zero Foodprint. Additionally, there's $3 million earmarked for providing technical assistance and another $5 million dedicated to soil testing and monitoring efforts. This funding is designed to prioritize projects within the supply chains of companies willing to provide matching funds, even on a deferred basis. This means you could leverage $100k of USDA funds upfront, with a match from your company spread over three years, providing a flexible and accessible pathway to amplify your impact.

They are seeking food company partners with climate-smart procurement and/or Scope 3 targets. They will provide administrative, financial, and tactical support to deploy climate-smart practices and associated services within your supply network to count towards your targets.



5 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Corporate Sustainability Efforts (Quantis)

Mastering the basics of corporate sustainability means steering clear of common pitfalls. Dive into the five missteps that often plague sustainability efforts and discover how to transform your intentions into tangible results. 

Perspectives on the proposed move by the SBTi to allow companies to use carbon offsets 

SBTi: Yes, Companies Can Use Carbon Offsets to Abate Certain Scope 3 Emissions (GreenBiz)

Draft guidelines for the new policy which will inform a revised Corporate Net Zero Standard, will be published in July.

Analysis: Offsets Row at Net-zero Standards Body SBTi Exposes Schism Over Corporate Climate Action (Reuters)

The SBTi's board of trustees has announced plans to allow companies to use 'environmental attribute certificates' that include carbon offsetting schemes to abate a greater share of their Scope 3 emissions. Up until now, the SBTi has required companies to show they can meet these targets through reducing their emissions from their own operations and value chains. 

Share Your Good News With Us!

In this new section of our newsletter, we want to share out climate-related progress, announcements, and good news from our community in action. Send us an email at [email protected] to contribute to next month's section.


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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