“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!
Hello from Minneapolis! We are fired up after speaking to retailers at this year's 2018 INFRA Annual Conference and NCG Co+nvergence Conference! Good Earth Natural Foods, Sunflower Natural Foods Market, New Morning Market, and Community Food Co-op are among the retailers sharing their stories of climate leadership this week--and we've talked to scores of retailers that are figuring out how they will integrate climate change into their business planning, and work with brands to better communicate about climate with consumers!
As we kick off summer and mark the longest day of the year, we want to send out a huge thank you to our donors and committed companies that are helping transform how our industry manages climate change.
We have a spring in our step this month at the Climate Collaborative. More than 250 companies have joined this movement by making climate commitments! Many of you are sharing your successes in implementation as part of our first Tracking Progress Update, and your responses have already made it clear that companies in this industry are acting on climate at scale. We'll be sharing more insights on the update later this year, and until then, we aren't slowing down!
We have a lot in store for the summer: We're launching our second action group, focused on retailers, a new Retailer Toolkit to support value chain engagement, holding a series of packaging webinars, and we'll be planning a Climate Action Summit at Expo East on September 12--mark your calendars, and hope to see you there!
This Sunday is Earth Day, and we have a challenge for you: We know a lot of you are already walking the walk on climate, but we want you to help us spread the "talk" as well. Keep the movement in the natural products industry growing this month by talking with a peer or supplier about what they can be doing to advance climate action. We would like to shout-out Glen's Garden Market in DC for leading the charge and inviting all 75+ of their brands to make climate commitments!
“We're not just running toward a low-carbon future because of climate change. We're running toward it because it's better,” said Climate Day keynote speaker and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Businesses are stepping up and saying that my customers and business must address climate change because it threatens our economy."
We are less than two weeks away from Climate Day 2018 at Expo West on March 7 - the anniversary of the Climate Collaborative's launch! It represents a huge moment for us to come together as an industry, look back at what we've accomplished so far, and set out to be even more ambitious as we look toward what we can do together to promote climate action this year.
This month at the Climate Collaborative, we want to send a big thank you out to all of you in our community. We are nearing the end of the project’s first year, and with your support, participation, and energy, we are entering 2018 with bigger and better plans to inspire and support action in the natural products industry.
Right now COP23, the UN's annual climate change conference, is winding down in Bonn Germany. Although the only official U.S. event at this year's conference promoted "clean" fossil fuels, other members of the U.S. community have demonstrated strong support for meaningful climate action throughout the conference. More than 2,500 U.S. business, investment, and government leaders have now signed the "We are still in" statement supporting the Paris Agreement, and California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that the state will be hosting next year's Global Climate Action Summit.