This month at the Climate Collaborative, we're thinking about ways we can start to broaden the impact of our community's work on climate change beyond our industry through critical work to bolster climate commitments through climate policy work and consumer engagement efforts.
On the policy front, last week more than 75 businesses gathered in Washington, D.C. to advocate for a federal carbon pricing policy. The group included major consumer brands like Mars, Unilever, Levi Strauss, and Gap, but also featured BP, PG&E and Shell, in the largest gathering on carbon pricing in a decade. We're especially grateful to Climate Collaborative committed companies that showed up on the hill to voice their support for these policies. If you're looking for ways to deepen your policy engagement, here are a few ways you can get started.
We're also really thrilled to announce we're launching a consumer engagement working group this year to support companies in building effective consumer dialogues on climate change. You can learn more about that and our other upcoming events and resources below. We're looking forward to working with you on all of it!
Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the UK Parliament last week--one of the latest stops in her tireless efforts to galvanize people into action. Her approach is extremely powerful because there's absolutely no flummery, no politics, no sugarcoating--she is blunt and direct. See her closing remarks below:
"We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back. I hope my microphone was on. I hope you could all hear me."
A week out from Earth Day and from Greta's starkly honest prod, I want to thank YOU for being part of this community. I'm inspired and heartened by all the energy and momentum I've witnessed since Climate Day. I am also deeply grateful to the generous donors that make all our work possible.
I'm excited to continue this journey with you as we find new ways to do even more to create the world we want to live in and pass on to the next generation.
We've certainly got a busy month ahead - details below!
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.
It'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.
We hope we'll be seeing you in Anaheim next week--good luck as your teams prepare and you travel there.
It's hard to belive Climate Day is under a week away. We couldn't be more excited about our lineup of speakers! If you can't make it, don't worry--we'll share a livestream link so you can stay up-to-date on remarks Yvon Chouinard, our 2019 National Co+op Grocers Award recipients, and more.
We're also making booth posters so you can show off your commitments to retailers and other stakeholders at your booth. You can pick it up on Climate Day, or we'll drop it off during the week.
On Wednesday, March 6, we'll also be holding a free Climate Action consultation for companies who have questions on their climate goals--you'll be able to check in with experts and gain insights!
It's our favorite time of year at the Climate Collaborative! Climate Day is just over a month away, and we couldn't be more excited about this year's line-up.
From Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard to Google X Co-Founder Tom Chi and Green for All's Michelle Romero, we have an all-star cast of leading thinkers on climate change assembled to share insights and inspiration on how you can build leadership within your company on climate, innovate toward solutions help your business grow and save the planet, and how we can ensure we bring the world's most vulnerable populations with us as we transition toward a green economy.
As always, we'll also have industry voices present throughout the day, including Straus Organic Creamery, Justin's, Dr. Bronner's and more. Throughout the day, we'll be announcing this year's National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Award winners!
You don't want to miss out! Join us for the full day on Tuesday March 5, at Expo West. RSVP here if you haven't already!
I hope you've had a peaceful and wonderful holiday season.
As we close out 2018 and look toward next year, I want to thank you all for helping build this movement at the Climate Collaborative! It's been quite a year, with our inaugural National Co+op Grocers awards spotlighting leaders in the industry, an incredible second Climate Day with inspiring speakers who have kept us motivated to act all year long, our first-ever Tracking Progress Update showing the majority of our community is already making progress implementing climate commitments, and so much more.
We've got so much left to do! Next year we'll be launching more working groups and developing a wider set of partnerships and tools to help you engage your consumers, suppliers, and policymakers and build internal leadership on climate change. We can't wait for you to join us in this work. And as always, we want to thank the amazing donors who make our work possible--feel free to reach out if you'd like to learn about becoming an official Climate Collaborative donor.
In the meantime, have a fabulous new year, and we'll see you on Climate Day!
This month we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for helping build our growing climate action movement--especially the amazing donors who make it all possible.
It has been an alarming and scary month for climate advocates, with wildfires devastating California and the newly released US climate assessment quantifying the enormous costs climate change will have on the economy and our health in the coming decades.
It proves more than ever how important the work that we are doing is--and we need your support to make an even bigger impact in 2019. Together, we've already accomplished a truly inspiring amount. In just over a year and a half since we launched, more than 300 companies have made 1,000+ commitments to combat climate change in their operations, and two-thirds of those companies are already reporting that they've made real progress in their efforts.
If you haven't already, I hope you will consider becoming a Climate Collaborative supporter this year, regardless of the level at which you can support our joint efforts. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a call and explore how we can deepen our collaboration and tell your company's story.
Have you booked your tickets to Expo West yet? I hope you'll arrive in time to join us for Climate Day on Tuesday, March 5th! And don't forget to RSVP so we can save you a spot. We're going to have a great lineup of speakers and topics this year--check back regularly as we announce them!
We want everyone to know about the great work you are doing as part of Climate Day, too! I encourage you to make and submit a short video sharing your company's climate impact story for us to showcase at Expo West.
We'll also be honoring companies for their pioneering contributions to climate action through our second annual National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards. Please take a look and consider making a nomination.
“We have to have a big tent — including business, governments, NGOs, and activists. Each and every one of us has to step up. Every CEO has to step up. Businesses, companies like mine, can be the leaders in the fight on climate change.”
Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff made these remarks as part of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in California this month (read our rundown of the week, written by CC Co-Founder Lara Dickinson, here).
His words definitely ring true for us, and it's heartening to see businesses across industries coming together and making concrete climate commitments at a scale not seen since the Paris Accords were signed in 2015.
The action didn't stop in California this month: The Climate Collaborative hit 300 companies committed to action at Expo East in the midst of our Climate Action Forum. As part of the forum, Jerry Taylor argued passionately for broader bipartisan dialogue on engagement on climate, and some of our all-star companies shared best practices from their climate journeys. We'll be sharing the video of it with all of you shortly.
We also released the findings from our first-ever Tracking Progress Update this month. Two-thirds of companies that made commitments in our first year reported that they are already actively implementing their climate action goals, demonstrating clearly that our industry isn't just waking up to the need for a public dialogue on climate, but are taking real action as well.
It's August and we know you're probably gearing up for Expo East next month! We hope you've added our Expo East Climate Action Summit to your agenda--you can RSVP now to join us for our September 12 event, co-hosted with New Hope Network, and our September 14 happy hour, sponsored by Danone North America.
Whether you'll be in Baltimore or not, you can follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with live-tweets of our events and spotlights of committed companies on the trade show floor!
Next month is packed on the climate action landscape, with hundreds of events happening on the West Coast in California as part of the Global Climate Action Summit--check out the slew of events here. We look forward to working with all of you regardless of where you'll be this September to amplify and support the natural products industry in responding to climate change!