This month brought more positive news on the climate front, with the U.S. formally rejoining the Paris Climate Accords. More than 700 companies in the CC partner network signed on to support this back in December through the America is All in Statement, and I hope every one of you stops to celebrate this win!

We also saw these past few days, with the horrific storm in Texas, how unprepared our nation's power infrastructure is for climate change. There will be upcoming infrastructure-related advocacy opportunities; if you want to stay in the loop, be sure to sign up for our new policy newsletter below.

Lastly, if you missed them, I highly recommend catching up on two must-watch webinars we held this month: Our climate justice webinar featured an exclusive deep dive into the new B Lab Climate Justice Playbook, and yesterday's food waste training served as a masterclass for the new ReFED Insights Engine, a new tool that can help every company in our community better define their food waste strategy. Be sure to give us your feedback on both; we'll be covering these topics throughout the year to come. 

Have a great weekend, and take care,

Erin

SNAPSHOT


Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, Grøn Sky ApS, BHC Studio, LeBel Marketing, Deklo Technologies, Old World Winery, and The Food Mill! Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date.

SPOTLIGHT: Numi Tea Founders on What's Ahead in Climate Action

 

Our 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards looked a bit different last year as we pivoted to a virtual celebration. We're continuing the celebration by profiling our 2020 winners. Our first interview is with Ahmed Rahim and Reem Hassani, co-founders of Numi Organic Tea, winners of the 2020 Outstanding Influencer Award. Listen to our interview here with Ahmed and Reem to hear about the last year in climate action and what's ahead for the industry--including how we bring last year's racial justice movement into our climate work.  

RESOURCES

 Climate Justice Playbook for Business

This month B Lab launched a new Climate Justice Playbook for Business (downloadable here) to provide companies with a resource for beginning to actively incorporate racial justice and equity considerations into climate projects and corporate priorities. We held a webinar to mark the launch and to begin exploring what climate justice projects can look like for our industry. Read our reflections and key takeaways on the playbook here!

 

Recording: Building Equity & Justice into Your Climate Action PlansBuilding Equity & Justice into Your Climate Action Plans

We kicked off the session with a keynote from Michelle Romero, National Director of Green For All. Dr. Bronner's and Pukka Herbs shared insights on how they're navigating the intersectionality of climate and racial justice, and what their journey has been like in helping shape the Climate Justice Playbook. Watch the recording and download the playbook here!

 

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Recording: Exclusive Training - Weeding out Waste with ReFED's New Food Waste Insights Engine

Don't miss this special training with ReFED diving into new best practices and insights around food waste reduction and prevention! The ReFED Insights Engine is a data and solutions hub for food loss and waste, designed to provide anyone interested in food waste reduction with the information and insights they need to take meaningful action to address the problem. Watch the recording here and access the Insights Engine here!

 

 

 

Join our Policy Working Group

This year there is already a huge amount happening on the climate policy front, and we want to make sure you are connected to the latest news and opportunities to engage and advocate. So the CC has launched a newsletter to share key opportunities and updates on our activities and those of our incredible partners at Ceres, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), We Are All In, and more. View our latest policy newsletter here! Email [email protected] if you'd like to join.

 

 

Partner Resource: Sustainable Cooling in Support of a Resilient and Climate-Proof Recovery

Cooling is one of the critical intervention areas, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, that can help serve short-term emergency needs and support long-term economic recovery, while contributing to sustainable development and building greater resilience to future shocks. This brief, developed jointly by the CCAC Efficient Cooling Initiative and the Cool Coalition, presents how – in multiple critical economic sectors or systems (buildings, appliances, urban environments, cold chains, and R&D) – national governments can reorient public policy and include cooling in their recovery packages. Download the brief here!

 

 

Partner Resource: Environmental supply chain risks to cost companies $120 billion by 2026

Companies are facing up to $120 billion in costs from environmental risks in their supply chains within the next 5 years. As the world works towards a green recovery from COVID-19, supply chain engagement is crucial for companies to bounce back – competitive and resilient – in a rapidly changing market. Read the report here!

 

 

IN THE NEWS

U.S. formally rejoins the Paris climate accord

Trending: Major Brands Partner to Cultivate Regenerative Ag Supply Chains

Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms

Coal to Exit From U.S. Power System by 2033, Morgan Stanley Says

330+ target-setting firms reduce emissions by a quarter in five years since Paris Agreement

Senate bill offers $5B in relief to farmers of color

INDUSTRY IN ACTION

Organic Valley Pilots Satellite Photography to Improve Pastures, Protect the Environment

Just Salad 2020 Sustainability Report

Burt's Bees Outlines New Sustainability Goals

Alexandre Family Farm Becomes The First Certified Regenerative Organic Dairy Farm In The United States

Food Companies Step Up Funding for Organic Farming Research

StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards

General Mills, Danone pilots provide proof for regenerative agriculture success

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.

 

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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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