In a few days, global leaders will convene in Dubai for COP28. Alongside other businesses and non-profits, the Climate Collaborative has made an appeal to these decision-makers to halt the unchecked burning of fossil fuels. The moment has come for us to shift from pledges to palpable progress, from stated intentions to tangible outcomes. As the adage goes, actions speak louder than words, and the toll of the slow progress on climate action is a cost that we are all collectively bearing.
The Climate Collaborative staff and Board hold ourselves to the same standard, constantly asking: Are we making a measurable impact on our mission to accelerate climate action within the grocery sector? This year, we've made a strategic shift, embracing more fully our belief that pre-competitive collaboration stands as one of the most effective ways to assist businesses in their climate journey—especially when resources are tight. Coinciding with the initiation of COP28, we are launching our Organic and Regenerative Transition Community of Practice. Looking ahead to 2024, we are excited to announce the launch of an additional community of practice along with several more accelerators, each designed to catalyze and amplify our collective climate endeavors.
The foundational theory of change driving these pre-competitive collaborations rests on the understanding that by working together, companies can increase their capacity for action, going further faster together. It's the belief that collective endeavor, not solitary effort, will lead to significant strides in navigating the intricate and often unclear path of climate action.
Here are ways you can support this work:
- Please consider including the Climate Collaborative in your year-end giving
- Reach out if you would like to help underwrite our upcoming Climate Communications or Retailer Action Accelerators
- Join your peers in an upcoming pre-competitive collaboration
- Update your climate commitments and prioritize climate action in 2024
We look forward to working with you in the coming year! If you need support as you plan your climate action, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Our deepest thanks,
Webinar Invite: Accelerating Your Regenerative Transition Through Alternative Funding Sources
December 13th, 1 PM EST // 12 PM CST // 11 AM MST // 10 AM PST
Join us for an energizing conversation focused on alternative funding sources and their pivotal role in accelerating your regenerative transition. You will hear from a brand, supplier, and solutions partner who are pioneers in tapping into the potential of alternative funding sources to support regenerative agriculture.
Pacha, a leading brand in personal care, will share their work as a case study in how they have utilized unique sources of funds to support their regenerative work. J-Palm, a supplier to Pacha, will discuss how cultivating partnerships with stakeholders can help secure funding and create a more resilient business model. Silvan Ingredient Ecosystem will demonstrate how companies can tap into alternative funding sources, including government and international funds, to support their regenerative agriculture efforts.
Whether you're exploring funding options for your regenerative agriculture initiatives or seeking to strengthen your sourcing relationships, this session will provide valuable insights and actionable strategies to propel your regenerative journey forward.
Webinar Recording: Level Up Your Climate Strategy With the Climate Action & Innovation Matrix
In case you missed it, our November webinar focused on helping companies identify a climate action pathway that is aligned with their business strategy and brand ethos. This session was informed by the Climate Action & Innovation Matrix, a tool created by the Climate Collaborative and Planet FWD to help you seamlessly integrate business strategy, brand ethos, and climate action. Stonyfield Organic highlighted how they are delivering on their climate commitments by aligning their sustainability work with operations and communications objectives.
Get Your Bespoke Resource Report With The Climate Action Connector
The Climate Action Connector is your connection tool in the expansive world of climate partnerships and resources. Let us help you identify pre-competitive partners, solutions
providers, and tools that will support every aspect of your climate work.
Two New Accelerators Launching in 2024! The Retailer Climate Action Accelerator & The Climate Communications Accelerator
With 2024 right around the corner, we're thrilled to unveil not one, but two brand-new accelerators to meet the needs of our community. Use the links below to be kept in the loop on these accelerators and to help inform our design.
Retailer Climate Action Accelerator: In response to numerous requests from our community, we are launching an accelerator designed for the unique needs of grocery retailers. We'll address key climate issues in the retail sector, such as packaging, food waste, refrigerants, energy, consumer engagement, and more. Unlike webinars, these sessions will be hands-on, providing ample time to work through the questions and challenges you are facing in your work.
The Climate Communications Accelerator: From labels to romance copy, this accelerator will support your organization in articulating your climate story in a way that is authentic, defensible, and resonates with shoppers. Let us help you bridge the gap between your measurement, reporting, verification (MRV) efforts and communications.
What is an accelerator? In the context of the Climate Collaborative’s work, an accelerator is a program designed to tangibly expedite your climate work. These programs will last several months and will connect you with a network of peers, industry experts, and resources in a multidimensional format where you will build solutions to your thorniest issues.
Service Provider Membership
The Climate Collaborative recognizes the pivotal role service providers play within climate work, particularly in facilitating accelerated climate action for grocery CPGs and retailers. Our service provider partners offer deep sector knowledge and operational capabilities, enabling businesses to implement effective and efficient climate strategies, ultimately optimizing supply chains, reducing costs, and minimizing environmental impact. By bridging knowledge gaps and providing actionable insights, service providers are instrumental in ensuring that businesses stay at the forefront of sustainability efforts and achieve measurable results.
SERVICE PROVIDER MEMBERS
Planet FWD is the leading decarbonization platform for the food industry. We help sustainability leaders uncover the drivers of their emissions using our industry-leading life cycle analysis database of thousands of ingredients and materials so that they can reduce their climate impacts. Planet FWD's software platform is the only solution that can analyze how a company can reduce emissions by making specific changes to their ingredients, packaging, suppliers, and farm-level practices.
- Check out the Climate Action & Innovation Matrix
- Connect with Planet FWD: Schedule a call for a free climate assessment
- Access additional resources
Premiums for the Planet
Did you know your insurance premiums are likely funding fossil fuel dependency? Insurers have invested $582B in fossil fuels and are financing and insuring new coal, oil, and gas projects yearly.
Premiums for the Planet (PFTP) is an initiative that's transforming the insurance industry into a force for climate action by harnessing the collective spend of climate-conscious organizations to create impact, better insurance coverages, and advantaged economics for good stewards. It's easy, free, and delivers equal or superior risk protection while making a difference for the environment and your brand.
"Consumers and stakeholders increasingly want to see brands taking action in new, powerful, and innovative ways, PFTP stands out as one of the simplest yet most impactful steps your business can take today. Joining this visible community of like-minded brands drives systems-scale change and transforms money already spent on insurance into climate action and brand value."
Lorna Davis, Board of Seventh Generation & B-Lab; Former CEO Danone NA.
With services and products designed with positive social and environmental impact in mind, Certified B Corporations are incorporating justice in their climate action. This means examining and changing how they do business and prioritizing the needs and perspectives of communities most affected by climate change. A new set of B Corp climate justice case studies highlights examples and concepts to inspire other businesses.
Partner Opportunity: Climate Corps Food Waste Fellowship
After another outstanding year of the Climate Corps Food Waste Fellowship, ReFED and Environmental Defense Fundare excited to share that they are continuing to offer this program to companies to advance climate and food waste reduction initiatives. Climate Corps fellows are a low-cost, low-risk way to boost your company's sustainability work - especially around measuring and reducing food waste. Not only will you have a dedicated, custom-matched, graduate student supporting your climate and food waste reduction goals, but you will also work directly with EDF and have full access to the ReFED team and their resources.
Partner Event: GreenBiz 24
Elevate your company’s sustainability efforts by participating in GreenBiz 24 (Feb. 12-14, Phoenix, AZ), the premier event for sustainable business leaders seeking hands-on, tangible solutions. Join this growing community of more than 2,500 professionals to gain fresh insights from peers, trailblazers and unexpected voices in decarbonization, supply chains, biodiversity and much more – so you can continue to accelerate your impact and your career.
IN THE NEWS
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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.