There is a language to business. A lingo that most of us use. We can talk about our "value proposition" or our "ROI" and most of us have some sense of what someone means. Obviously, there are nuances in definitions from organization to organization, but these terms play a role in framing how we think and how we approach our work.
Abigail Prout, a leadership coach in my region, recently shared a social post asking, "What if ROI stood for ripples of impact?" This creative reframing of ROI made me think about how our business structures (vocabulary, frameworks, certifications, etc.) create boundaries to our thinking that we are often not even aware of.
"Stakeholders" is another term we frequently use that informs how we think about who is invested in the outcomes of our business. We tend to think about our team, our board, our customers, but who else has a stake in the outcomes of our work? How about the communities surrounding our facilities, or the people impacted by our waste stream? Can we go so far as to think about nature being a stakeholder?
If we considered nature as a stakeholder, it would impact everything from our operations to our product design. At the Climate Collaborative, we see this start to come alive in our forest commitment. Keeping forests intact and thriving is a critical climate solution. Whether you source directly from the forest or utilize row crops, you need to be considering how the land and forests are being managed. Forests are a critical stakeholder and are integral to our planet's wellbeing.
If you want to learn more about the why and how of a forest commitment, I encourage you to listen to the webinar we hosted earlier this month with Quantis and Tony's Chocolonely. It did a fantastic job framing a path for companies to take meaningful action on their forest commitment.
Keep an eye out for an invitation to our Forest Summit at Expo East in September!
Webinar Invite: The Climate and Consumer Opportunity of Blue Foods
July 19, 1 PM EST // 12 PM CST // 11 AM MST // 10 AM PST
This July, we're excited to feature a session focused on blue foods, also referred to as aquatic foods. Blue foods, like kelp and mussels, are a critical climate solution due to their ability to remove carbon and nitrogen, and for their role in habitat restoration, and for the value they bring to coastal communities.
GreenWave will frame the conversation with an overview of aquatic farming and its benefits from a climate and economic perspective. They will also share how companies outside the blue foods space can include blue foods in their formulations to increase beneficial product attributes. The Food for Climate League will share insights on consumer adoption of blue foods and the latest research on messaging, and Akua will share their experience engaging consumers in the growing blue foods space as a CPG.
Webinar Recording: Setting and Implementing a Zero Deforestation Target
In case you missed it, the Climate Collaborative and United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) hosted a webinar focused on helping companies better understand deforestation within supply chains, how to set a zero deforestation target, and opportunities to advance organizational climate goals with a forest commitment.
This is a can't miss webinar for the Climate Collaborative community. Featuring Quantis and Tony's Chocolonely, this webinar provided expert insights into the how and why of a forest commitment, along with actionable frameworks and case studies for companies to use.
2023 Tracking Progress Update
Once a year, the Climate Collaborative asks companies to provide us with a report on the progress they have made with their Climate Commitments over the past year. This survey is a vital way to maintain accountability in our program, assess the climate progress of the food industry, and determine how we can best support your work. However, more importantly, this survey is a tool for you to assess your organization’s climate action efforts. We are sending the survey out in early July, so keep an eye on your inbox!
- Check out last year's Tracking Progress Report!
Sign On Before June 30: Technical Assistance Recommendations
Ceres Climate Smart Agriculture and Healthy Soil Working Group (CSAHS) invites like-minded businesses, organizations, and farmers to join the Technical Assistance Recommendations sign-on letter. The letter recommends modernizing Technical Assistance so all U.S. farmers and ranchers can get the support they need to participate in voluntary NRCS conservation programs. These solutions also facilitate the effective and efficient distribution of the $20 B from the Inflation Reduction Act for climate-smart agriculture and conservation.
VERGE 23 (Oct. 24-26, San Jose, CA) is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. It is the center of gravity for the climate community — leaders from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address the climate crisis across the six key programs that comprise the event: Buildings, Carbon, Energy, Food, Startups and Transport.
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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.