January 2023 Newsletter

Let’s talk about Climate Day at Expo West! It is right around the corner and there are some key themes and incredible speakers that I want to draw your attention to. This year’s event is focused on bringing our community’s attention to some of the most important areas to focus your work at this time. Here are few highlights:

#1 Taking your collaboration to the next level – Over and over companies try to go at their climate work alone. At Climate Day, we are going to show you examples of how companies are coming together to work through the barriers in their climate work, with awesome success.

#2 Moving beyond carbon tunnel vision – Yes! We need to reduce carbon emissions, AND we need to be keeping our eye on the much bigger picture of working in support of a thriving and just nature-positive future. We will show you how companies are bringing this to life.

#3 Leveraging your dollars and your voice for impact – Hear from Bill McKibben on how your company’s cash can play a critical role in fighting climate change. Trust me, this is going be an awesome and actionable session!

#4 Shifting your mind, to shift our collective future – Hear from speakers on how they are bringing new tools and frameworks to inform their climate work, including: circularity, regenerative design, and radical imagination.

There will be almost 50 speakers at Climate Day! Including:

We are still firming up all our speakers, but you can see the current agenda here. In addition to a jam-packed day of climate programming, we are hosting a Resource Fair and an evening reception following our final keynote!

I can’t wait to see you there!

All the best,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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December 2022 Newsletter

Earlier this month, we published our 2022 Tracking Progress Report. Compiling the report provides us deep insights into how our community is progressing on their climate commitments. A few highlights:

  • On average, 70% of responding companies reported that they are actively implementing climate commitments this year, an increase from 63% last year
  • Almost 85% of responding companies said they are considering climate when they design new products
  • 75% of responding companies said they are engaged in climate advocacy
  • Almost half of responding companies have trained more than 80% of their staff on their climate commitments
  • 76% of respondents reported that they are prioritizing emissions reductions over offsets

There continues to be a deep commitment to this work, even as companies navigate the challenges related to the pandemic, transportation related supply chain issues, labor shortages, and inflation. Read the full report to learn more.

It is our role at the Collaborative to create pathways that unlock where companies are getting stuck. To that end, in 2023, we will be leaning into launching several communities of practice, redesigning our Commitment Program, and creating more climate advocacy programs that make it possible for you to engage in climate policy efforts without dedicated staff working on policy. 

As we close out the year, I also want to celebrate all that we've accomplished as a community. It's been a busy year! Some of the highlights include: 

  • Hosting ongoing programming and events, including a full day of programming at Climate Day with 600 attendees, 12 webinars reaching thousands of people, and programming at four other industry events
  • Recruiting 77 companies to make net zero commitments via the SME Climate Hub and continue to amplify the importance of north star climate targets via toolkits, programming, and our webinars
  • Creating a coalition of more than 35 business organizations with the goal of activating companies, largely SMEs, to sign on to a letter urging Congress to get climate legislation over the finish line. We had more than 1100 businesses signatories! Senator Stabenow referenced the letter in her testimony in support of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
  • Developing and launching a new Tracking Progress Survey accessing climate action including how companies are integrating climate through their entire organization

We look forward to continuing to support the work of this incredible community in 2023!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holidays with your loved ones.

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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November 2022 Newsletter

hope that you were able to find time to celebrate with your loved ones last week, and that you have space over the next month to enjoy this festive time of the year. May we all find ways to regenerate ourselves, so that we have the heart and clarity of mind to do this critical work. As I took pause last week to reflect on all I am grateful for, I was struck by deep gratitude for this community of people and organizations that are working in support of the extraordinary place we call home. 

The incredible work of our community was top of mind because our team has been busy aggregating the data from our Annual Tracking Progress Survey, and there are a number of trends that we are excited about and grateful for. In the coming weeks we will be releasing our Annual Tracking Progress Report, but a few key trends have already emerged. Despite all the barriers companies have faced in the economy, within their supply chains, and due to pandemic related issues they are finding ways to persist in their climate action. We are also seeing more companies setting net zero targets and finding ways to integrate climate action into every aspect of their business. Your work in this area is on the leading edge—and we have so much more to do. The insights gleaned from the Tracking Progress Survey are helping us set our course for 2023 and this work is underway right now!

We would love your support with the work ahead. Today is Giving Tuesday, and we invite you to please consider becoming a sponsor of the Climate Collaborative. Sponsorship is a fantastic way to support our work AND to gain visibility as a climate leader. 

As you start thinking about 2023, please save the date for Climate Day (March 7th) at Expo West in Anaheim, California! This all-day event focuses on the most critical and timely topics to support your climate work, brings top speakers, and provides many opportunities to connect with your peers in this work.

Thanks again for your amazing work. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming Tracking Progress Report to learn more about how you and your peers are having an impact.

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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October 2022 Newsletter

There seems to be a flourish of activity ahead as we close out 2022. I wanted to bring to your attention some upcoming events hosted both by the Climate Collaborative and our partner organizations.

First, I am looking forward to attending a webinar this week hosted by the Yale Center for Climate Communications focused on the Health Impacts of Wildfires. My family experienced firsthand some of the worst air conditions in the world a few weeks ago, and it has me thinking more deeply about how we support personal and organizational climate resilience and adaptation while also accelerating climate action.

All eyes will be on COP27 commencing in less than a week. As we watch COP27 from afar, I encourage all of our companies to examine the key themes for the event and consider how these reflect the work that must be done at the organizational-level. For instance, how do we ensure our climate actions take into account the people that are disproportionately impacted by climate change? Are we meeting the climate commitments that we have made, and are we on track to meet our emissions reductions targets? What steps are we taking to increase adaptation, both for our organizations and our communities? How can we leverage our collective power to ensure that the corporations that you likely supply to or that you purchase from are also taking meaningful and transparent climate action. Lastly, recognizing that voting is one of our most impactful tools for ensuring that our country continues to take climate action at scale, I encourage you to consider how you can ensure that your staff have the time and support to vote.

In the coming weeks we have some very strong programming to share with you. Please take a look at the four-part webinar series we are hosting with UNFI. You can access and share the recordings from the first two webinars. I have been impressed by how these sessions have gotten into some of the specific details and questions that often stall progress. We have upcoming sessions on tying biodiversity to your climate strategy and a session on packaging in partnership with OSC2. Our team will also be attending the training hosted by the CU Leeds School of Business, and we hope to see you there.

I hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween!

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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September 2022 Newsletter

This has been quite the month for climate. Despite the apparent gains from the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, we quickly learned in its aftermath that to win Senator Manchin's vote Senator Schumer agreed to a "dirty deal" to pass separate legislation that would among other things, speed approvals and permitting of fossil fuel infrastructure. Let's be clear, we can never have a meaningful and sustaining impact on climate change if we continue to permit legislation that emboldens polluters, and at the same time disproportionately impacts the people who are already bearing the brunt of our dependence on fossil fuels: communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized groups.

My hope is that we can continue to create pressure and momentum around the solutions that enable us to have a just transition that operate in service to all. To that end, we were thrilled to see so many Climate Collaborative committed companies and partners were recipients of the USDA's Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Funding. Developing regenerative farming systems that increase soil health, and thereby reduce emissions and increase drawdown are an absolutely critical climate solution. 

Last week, we witnessed climate change take center stage at the UN General Assembly. Conversations centered on addressing the needs of under-resourced nations experiencing the worst impacts of climate change and the role of the nations that are responsible for the bulk of the world's GHG emission. These preliminary conversations are a precursor for what's to come in November at COP27. For the Collaborative, it's an ever present reminder that climate justice needs to be at the forefront of our work, and that we need to continue to be vigilant about policy that disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities, while letting polluters off the hook.

We hope to see many of you in person at Natural Products Expo East this week. We have a fantastic line up of panels on Friday, September 30thWe'll be diving into case studies highlighting the value of investing in climate-focused CPGs, operationalizing climate within your organization and hosting a conversation on what makes a product climate friendly. I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in Philadelphia! 

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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August 2022 Newsletter

What a month! The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act certainly was a milestone, providing exhilarating momentum to our work. We are actively exploring how we harness the opportunities this legislation provides, while also leaning into the areas where it falls short. This is a work in progress, and we would love to hear your thoughts. 

As I approach my one-year anniversary with the Climate Collaborative, I find myself reflecting on all that the past year has taught me. The familiar words of Margaret Mead come to mind, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I am blessed every day to interact with people and organizations that are working diligently to reduce their impact on the climate. While this work is not for the faint of heart, our Climate Collaborators share a deep love for this planet we call home–it fuels this critical work, and it regenerates us when we face struggles in our efforts to impact climate change at scale. I am deeply thankful for this community.

To that end, I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at Expo East in Philadelphia! We're hosting three climate focused sessions on Friday, September 30th. We'll be diving into investing in climate focused CPGs, operationalizing climate within your organization and hosting a conversation on what makes a product climate friendly. Oh! And did you see that New Hope is hosting Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson as a keynote? She is incredible. We hope to see you there!

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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July 2022 Newsletter

We were just about to send out this newsletter when breaking news stopped the press. Senator Manchin and Senator Schumer just announced they have reached agreement on a budget reconciliation bill called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes what could be historic investments in climate change! One week ago, it was believed that the bill was dead. A one-page summary indicates that the bill includes a record $369 billion for energy and climate. While details have not yet been released, and the bill still has to make its way through the Senate and House, we are cautiously ecstatic. If this bill passes, it will be the largest investment in climate in our nation's history.

While we are not yet familiar with the details, as the 725-page bill was just released last night, the bill includes investments to help our nation achieve emissions reductions of 40% by 2030. We expect it to help your businesses with investments in clean energy and transportation. There are red flags as well, including a call for permitting reform legislation to be passed before the end of the fiscal year. This could very well make permitting fossil fuel infrastructure easier at a time when the scientists have made it clear that we must immediately cease fossil fuel extraction. We know that there will be some disagreeable aspects as this bill is the result of months of arduous negotiations. We will be watching closely to determine if they are too egregious. 

This giant step, and hopefully soon victory, is the result of the hard work of many, including hundreds of you in the Climate Collaborative network. Sometimes when we sign a letter to our elected officials as you did weeks ago with Businesses for Climate Action, or when you post on social and have a dialogue with your stakeholders as many of you did last year with Call4ClimateNow, we don't feel that we are having an impact. But I promise you it DOES matter. Every action contributes to the whole. When businesses speak out, we are changing the norm of silence on climate. We don't know exactly what changed Senator Manchin's mind and caused him to include climate in the bill, but we know there was enormous pressure from many fronts, including the business community, for him to act. More than 40% of Americans live in counties that were hit by climate disasters in 2021 and more than 80% of Americans experienced a heat wave. We have all be hearing the news in recent weeks of record-breaking heat around the world. This bill comes none too soon. 

In the coming weeks, we will be keeping you informed on how YOU can help get the bill over the finish line. But for now, embrace this hopeful moment. We really CAN solve the climate crisis, and we will do it together. 

Thank you for all of your work that led us to today. I am grateful for our community. 

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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June 2022 Newsletter

In a disappointing decision released today in U.S. EPA vs West Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court has severely hampered the Biden-Harris administration from regulating carbon pollution through executive branch action and protecting Americans from the economic and health impacts of climate change. In the words of Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of Ceres, "The decision endangers our country's ability to confront the climate crisis at the pace and scale science says is necessary. It also underscores the urgent need for Congress to pass an economic package with ambitious federal clean energy investments in the coming weeks."

To that end, our deepest thanks to all of you who signed the recent business sign-on letter to Congress, developed by the Collaborative in coordination with 35 other organizations, advocating for bold climate action. The response from our community was astounding; we have never had such a high turnout for advocacy before. If you would like to be involved in future advocacy campaigns, please email us and we will get you signed up for our Policy Commitment. We expect far reaching climate legislation to be announced in the coming weeks. The Supreme Court just made it clear how important it is that we work to get this bill over the finish line. Stay tuned for ways you can help.

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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Time-Sensitive Policy Opportunity, New Investor Guide, Webinar on Regen Infrastructure

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.

In collaboration,
Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 

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Newsletter: Important Policy Action Update, Events, & More

A few weeks ago, we wrote to our policy engaged companies on the status of the climate provisions of the Build Back Better Act. A budget reconciliation bill is still alive, and Congress and the White House are moving forward with talks, but we're now nearing a "do or die" moment for the legislative opportunity formerly known as BBBA. We now need our whole business community to step-up to help get the bill over the finish line. 

We have been working with a coalition of groups including ClimateVoices, Ceres, Drawdown Labs, Rewiring America, Evergreen Action, and others to rally the business community to pressure their lawmakers and Senator Schumer to move the bill forward. You are invited to a thirty-minute call on Monday, May 9th at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT to get briefed on the status of this critical climate legislation and what you can do. 

For those of you already engaged, thank you. These are trying times. Your voice as a business leader and job creator is critical.

If you haven't engaged in policy advocacy, please consider making a commitment now. You will be joining more than three hundred of your fellow businesses that have already made a commitment to engage in climate policy. Not sure where to begin? No problem. Here at the Collaborative, we work hard to provide you with opportunities to take action including sign-on letters to lawmakers, sample social media posts, advocacy trainings, meetings with members of Congress, and more. Once you make a commitment to policy, you will be on the list to hear about these opportunities so you can decide if and when you want to participate.

In collaboration,

Courtney

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Courtney Pineau
Executive Director
Climate Collaborative 


 

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