Mary Jane Melendez
Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer,
Our Director Erin Callahan caught up with Mary Jane Melendez from General Mills about their regenerative agriculture work and their plans for the future! Read their conversation below.
Nutiva was one of the first companies to join the Climate Collaborative in 2017 and has made five climate action commitments, to: Regenerative Agriculture, Energy Efficiency, Food Waste, Packaging, and Transportation. They are also a champion-level donor, helping catalyze action and resource provision to our network of 660 companies. We sat down with them to check in on their climate action, detailed in their new 2019 Impact Report.
The Climate Collaborative launched with a goal of uniting the natural products industry to drive collective climate action. Over the past three years, our growing community has made it clear that climate action is now a top priority across the natural products industry. By June 2020, 650+ companies have made over, 2,400 climate commitments, with 150+ in the first two months of 2020 alone. Even more promising, 71% of companies report active, sustained progress toward achieving their climate goals.
Nothing has given me more hope this year than seeing how this community has continued to push forward on climate action. Amid an incredibly eventful and challenging year, hundreds of companies from this network still showed up for the largest ever business climate advocacy day, advocacy trainings, webinars, and more.
On Friday, July 24, 79 companies in the Climate Collaborative community and network signed on to a letter to Congressional leaders requesting renewable tax credit inclusion in the forthcoming stimulus bill, identifying investment in clean energy and renewables as a concrete opportunity to bring jobs growth, economic prosperity, and climate action into the COVID economic recovery. The full letter is available below.