We're two weeks out from our biggest Climate Day yet, and I'm still hugely energized, inspired and more confident than ever about the potential for the natural products industry to come together to act on climate change at scale. 

What gives me hope? In just two years since we launched, 360 companies have made over 1,300 commitments to act on climate—an average of one company committing every two days. Two-thirds of them are already making good progress in implementing their commitments, including 16 leaders we've now recognized through the National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards.

ExW2019-1324-XL.jpgIt's also clear that the industry is serious about focusing on taking action around key areas that can unlock serious climate impacts, including value chain and policy engagement, breaking down silos in companies and industry collaboration, and focusing relentlessly on progress through audacious, scary goal setting.

We closed out Climate Day with Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia and Patagonia Provisions, who emphasized their mission that “Patagonia is in business to save our home planet.” He urged every company in the room to do the same, and I hope we can help make that happen over the coming months, as we go deeper in supporting companies on policy and value chain engagement.

We hope you'll be part of making this happen! If you haven't already, you can make a commitment to action, or support the work we do by becoming a Climate Collaborative donor. We're so happy to have you on this journey with us.

Warmly,

Erin

 

SNAPSHOT

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Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, Nona Lim, Fungi Perfecti, Chuao Chocolatier, LesserEvil, Growing Naturally, Whole Earth Center, Lucky's Market, Eatsie.us, Choquiero Chocolate, Rich Nuts, Fruit d'Or, Bhoomi, Griffith Foods, Agreventures, Aslan Brewing Co, Amy's Kitchen, Navitas Organics, Goodbuy Sugar, Alegria Fresh, Basil Bandwagon, Community Planet Foundation, Reforestum, TAP Synergy Works, Botanical Consulting International, Planetary Care, Yellow Barn Biodynamic, Planted Cuisine, and Clean Energy Fuels! Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date. 

SPOTLIGHT: Video of Climate Impact 

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In the lead up to Climate Day this year, we asked for videos sharing the positive impact and progress you're seeing in your climate work. We received a tremendous number of videos from companies across the industry showcasing your work. We debuted the video at Climate Day this year but in case you missed it you can watch it here

IN THE NEWS

Meet the Winners of the 21019 NCG Climate Collaborative Awards

Reflections on Climate Day 2019: Moving forward together

California agriculture ready to scale-up climate solutions - from Agri-Pulse

Young People Are Leading the Way on Climate Change, and Companies Need to Pay Attention 

RESOURCES

Climate Day 2019!

In case you missed any of it, you can watch and share the full Climate Day video here! We'll also make a recording of breakout sessions available on our video page in the next few weeks. 

 

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Going Beyond Emissions Reduction: Why Climate Work is Clif Bar's Real Vocation

We're finishing up our profiles of last year's NCG Climate Collaborative Award Winners. Clif received an award for Outstanding Influencer in 2018 in recognition of the company's work on organic research, policy advocacy, transportation, and renewable energy. Read their full interview here

 

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Announcements

Sustainable Food Trade Association seeks Executive Director

The Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is the key management leader of SFTA, being responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and community outreach. The position is full time. Location is flexible. The full job description can be obtained by contacting Jonathan Reinbold, SFTA Board President, jonathan.reinbold@organicvalley.coop. Letters of interest and a resumé are due by April 12th.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Webinar: Political Play - Advocating For Carbon Pricing Policy

April 3, 10 AM PDT // 11 AM MDT // 12 PM CDT // 1 PM EDT

The Climate Collaborative is pleased to host a webinar organized by climate policy experts Business Climate Leaders and American Sustainable Business Council. The webinar will dive deep into carbon pricing--why a price on carbon is an important policy tool, how it can be implemented, and what the current political landscape around carbon pricing looks like. The webinar provides an opportunity for companies to understand their role in advocating for carbon pricing, at a high level and around specific legislation; and we'll take a look at how companies in our industry have advocated for carbon pricing schemes to date. Register here!


[Partner] Webinar: Beyond Your Walls - Lessons Learned From Scope 3 Tracking

April 10, 10 AM PDT // 11 AM MDT // 12 PM CDT // 1 PM EDT

GHG Inventory expert Good Company joins SFTA's April webinar to bring greenhouse gas inventories full-circle with its deep look at Scope 3 inventory tracking and measurement. The largest component of Scope 3 emissions - supply chain - will be the focus. This webinar is free for SFTA members and non-members. Learn more and register here!


SHARE YOUR STORY

Have you had any climate impact successes you think we should know about? Send them our way and we’ll make sure that your lessons learned benefit the whole community. 

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!

Twitter: @climatecoll     Instagram: @theclimatecollaborative    Facebook: /climatecollab

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.

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