Change is hard enough in the best of times, never mind when times are tough. After two years of a global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and inflationary pressure wreaking havoc on supply chains, we are hearing that many of your businesses are stressed. You may feel discouraged as though you aren’t making progress on your climate efforts.
Here at the Climate Collaborative, it is our mission and passion to help you succeed and become the climate champion to which you aspire by providing opportunities for your business to contribute to climate solutions- and right now we have one such opportunity.
The coming weeks are our last best chance for what could be a very, very long time to get historic climate legislation in the U.S. over the finish line. This legislation is vital if we are to cut emissions in half this decade.
The business community is stepping up in unprecedented ways to flood our lawmakers with calls for action. Will you join me by signing your U.S. company on to this letter calling on our lawmakers to pass ambitious climate legislation to put our country and our world on a path to solving the climate crisis?
Please join the more than 400 businesses that have already signed on and sign your company onto the statement today! It will take less than two minutes and you will feel great.
Lastly, we'd like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of renown environmental activist, futurist, and author, Hazel Henderson who passed recently. Hazel inspired a generation of activists, including us here at the Climate Collaborative. Ralph Nader shared his remembrance of the remarkable Hazel on Marketplace. She enthusiastically participated in many of the Climate Collaborative's policy initiatives and we were honored to know her.
WEBINARS & RESOURCES
Wednesday, June 29th, 1 PM ET// 12 PM CT// 11 AM AM MT// 10 AM PT
We know many of our committed companies are interested in working more closely with farmers to support their transition to regenerative agricultural practices. Yet, what's often not discussed are the infrastructure challenges farmers face once they are ready to harvest. Don't miss this session as we dive into the opportunities for brands to build regional supplier networks to support regenerative transitions.
We'll hear from Ryan Anderson, Senior Vice President of Services at Steward, on the challenges farmers face in transitioning practices. Hint: it goes beyond lack of financial resources. Elizabeth Candelario, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Mad Ag, will highlight their work at the intersection of brands and farmers. Lastly, we'll hear from Moonshot on their regional approach and work with Cairnspring.
Curious about the next iteration of tools and resources to support your company's climate action plan? Don't miss this recording to hear from Pamela Jouven, Director of SME Climate Hub, on the free resources and tools they have developed to support companies on their net zero journey.
Despite greater corporate climate disclosure and commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, net zero targets and other climate-related goals, many companies in the U.S. food sector fail to adequately disclose sufficient information to investors on how they intend to achieve said ambitions. This report from Ceres provides the most comprehensive guidance to help food companies move beyond target-setting to creating and implementing sector-specific climate transition plans that chart pathways to greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
On June 8th, Ceres is hosting a webinar to discuss what implementation of the reports' recommendations can look like in practice. Register here!
As the regenerative agriculture movement continues to grow and expand, it is becoming increasingly important for stewards embarking on a regenerative journey to have access to the resources and technical assistance they need to shift their land and business practices away from systems that take to ones that abundantly give.
This report dives deeper into such government programs, detailing each one's eligibility requirements and the potential advantages and disadvantages of participation. Our hope is that by sharing this resource, farmers, ranchers, and producer organizations can more easily identify the programs that best fit their goals.
CLIMATE RELATED NEWS
Research findings from the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) and CDP show that companies cannot afford any more delay in tackling deforestation across supply chains, with forest-related risks identified at almost US$80bn.
The U.S. Navy unveiled a climate action plan focused on slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions and electrifying its vehicle fleet.
More than half of the country's carbon footprint comes from producing dairy ingredients. Ben & Jerry's is hoping to change that.
General Mills, Inc. is stepping up its efforts around regenerative agriculture and views the practice as key to reaching its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.
United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced its science-based emissions reduction targets covering the organization's operations and value chain have been validated and approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Learn more about their work on their newly launched Climate Action Hub!
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.
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.