In anticipation of the 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards, we're talking with the leaders of our 2019 award-winning companies to learn a little bit more about what drives their climate leadership.
Companies made more commitments to climate action in August 2019 than in any other month since the Climate Collaborative launched—a hopeful sign on the heels of the hottest month on record.
We've just released our 2019 Tracking Progress Update, and alongside its release, are sharing examples of progress we're seeing in the industry across our nine commitment areas.
What is the Tracking Progress Update?
The Climate Collaborative’s (CC) Tracking Progress Update highlights the type and amount of progress that committed companies are making around their climate action commitments. We ask these questions via a short annual survey. We ask companies where in the implementation process they are, whether they are quantifying emissions reductions, and for details on their progress. Companies are expected to provide information for each commitment they have made; quantitative data is welcome but not required.
This update is the primary way we are able to assess progress in the industry on an annual basis. 2019 is the second tracking progress cycle for the CC; we asked all companies that made commitments before December 31, 2018 to respond, a total of 324 companies. To learn more about CC commitments visit www.climatecollaborative.com/take_action.
We are excited to share that nominations for our third annual National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards are now open!
Up to 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions stems from the food system, an estimated 80% of which comes from agriculture. Nearly 200 companies in our community are working to reduce their agricultural footprint through carbon farming practices. Among them, CC committee company General Mills is going one step further to create an open-source self-assessment tool for any farmer to use to identify and boost their regenerative agricultural practices.