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Commitment:
Responsible Engagement In Climate Policy

The Case for Climate Advocacy  |  Take Action |
Get Support & Get Involved

The Case for Climate Advocacy

“Our current political climate requires businesses to step up and work for the changes we know are necessary. We know that by working together, the Climate Collaborative can be a strong, cooperative voice for much-needed change. It’s up to us.” -George Siemon, CEO at Organic Valley

Photo of representatives from companies meeting with legislatorsPolicy is an essential lever for reversing climate change. Although corporate cooperation is critical to our ability to make progress on climate change, we also need strong public policies in place to ensure the progress necessary to stay below the critical limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius warming that scientists and the international community agree will trigger dire consequences for the planet.

“Business leaders now believe that only with greater government intervention - at global, national and local levels - can sustainability move from sporadic, incremental advances to a collective and transformative impact.” - CEO Study on Sustainability, UN Global Compact and Accenture, 2013

Photo of individuals discussing climate policy on Capitol Hill

Why do we need climate policy? The global nature of climate change – a true “tragedy of the commons” – makes it too easy for the efforts of climate-forward corporations to be rendered moot by the actions of others that fail to act in a similarly climate-friendly manner. Only with government policies and enforcement can we hope to enact the kinds of sweeping changes needed to make a difference and to level the playing field for businesses.


Take Action

This commitment is in no way a political statement, nor does it mean your company must support any particular political party’s agenda or candidates. That is your choice alone.  A commitment to responsible engagement in climate policy means that your company commits to supporting legislation to:

  • Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy;
  • Increase investment in a clean energy economy;
  • Support climate change adaptation; and
  • Put a price on carbon emissions.

These are the building blocks of advancing meaningful progress on climate change.  However, if you’d like to take your commitment one step further, your company can go above and beyond by ensuring that this commitment occurs at every level of your organization.

For example, although your company’s CEO might add her name to an industry sign-on letter to the EPA Administrator expressing support for increased fuel efficiency standards, your company may also be a member of a trade association that is actively lobbying against those same standards, rendering your company’s leadership on climate less effective. Taking the time to identify and rectify these types of inconsistencies throughout your organization can significantly deepen your company’s commitment.

Companies committing to responsible engagement in climate policy will be expected to complete a short annual questionnaire updating the Climate Collaborative on progress made toward the commitment.

Watch this short video to learn more about how Happy Family engaged in climate policy.

 


Get Support & Get Involved

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for your company to make this commitment and adhere to the best practices. To that end, we are partnering with BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) an advocacy coalition of businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation that will enable a rapid transition to a low-carbon, 21st century economy creating new jobs and stimulating economic growth while stabilizing our planet’s fragile climate. BICEP is a project of Ceres, a nonprofit network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.

BICEP and occasionally some of our other partners like the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), will do the heavy lifting by identifying initiatives and opportunities for companies to engage in climate policy including industry sign-on letters, comments on rule-making, Hill visits and other ways companies can support climate legislation at the federal, state and local levels.

Your company can then pick and choose which activities and policies you’d like to support and follow your own internal process to determine at what level your company will be engaged.

 

Make a Commitment

 

Resources

Our Policy Resources page highlights tools and resources from our partners to help organizations interested in engaging in climate policy. This includes industry sign-on letters, comments on rule-making, Hill visits and other ways companies can support climate legislation at the federal, state and local levels.

Working Group: Businesses for a Climate-Smart Recovery

We are working to empower companies in our network to engage with your members of Congress to advocate for a climate-smart COVID recovery. Through this network, we'll be working to activate companies to independently and collectively advocate by:

  • Training interested companies on best practices in climate policy advocacy, so you feel ready to go out and engage with lawmakers;
  • Providing companies with resources, tools, and an activated network to streamline their advocacy and make it easier and more accessible
  • Connecting companies to advocacy opportunities at the state and federal level through a broad network of partners

Interested in joining? Please email [email protected] for more information!

For those needing more tailored support, Sustainable Food Trade Association is available to help!


We are indebted to We Mean Business - a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors for their assistance in developing the content for these engagement areas.

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Companies Committed

All Good
Alter Eco
Amavida Coffee Roasters
Amy's Kitchen
Aslan Brewing Co
Au Naturale Cosmetics
Avocado Green Brands
Backpacker's Pantry & Chef Soraya
Ben & Jerry's
Bhakti Chai
BHC Studio
Bhoomi
Biotic Beverages
Blue Evolution
Bluebird Botanicals
Boulder Organic Foods
Bread Alone
Buchi Kombucha
Bumbleroot Foods
Burton
Califia Farms
Cha's Organics
Chico Bag / To-Go Ware
Choice Organic Teas
Choquiero Chocolate
Clif Bar
Clif Family Winery
Coolhaus Ice Cream
Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Davidson's Organic Tea
Desert Shadow
Dr Hops Kombucha Beer, LLC
Dr. Brite
Dr. Bronner's
Earth Friendly Products
ECO HUB INC, Build a Blend and Ingredient Hub
EFFI Foods
Emmer & Co.
Endorfin Foods
EO Products
Essential Formulas
Essential Oxygen
Ethical Bean Coffee
Fetzer Vineyards
Foodstirs, Inc.
Forager Project
Fruit d'Or
Future Proof Brands LLC
Gaia Herbs
gimMe Snacks
GnuSante Creations
Good Spread
Goodbuy Sugar
GrandyOats
Guayaki
Happy Family
Herbal Healing
IGZU - Bamboo Leaf Tea
Imagine Baking
Imlak'esh Organics
Keen One Foods LLC
Khala Cloths
Kikoko
Kuli Kuli Foods
LeBel Marketing
Lotus
Loving Earth
Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss
Lundberg Family Farms
Manzana Products Co., Inc.
Maple Wellness Foods
Martin Bauer Group
MegaFood
MELT Organic (Prosperity Organic Foods)
MiniBrew
Miyoko's Kitchen
Mom's Modern Mixes
Moon Valley Organics
Mother Kombucha
Mountain Mels
Nana Joe's Granola
Natreve Wellness
Nature's Path
Navitas Organics
New Barn
nuherbs Co.
Numi
Nutraceutical
Oakland Coffee Works
OLIPOP
Olita Inc
Organic Valley
Outdoor Herbivore
Pacha
Peak State
Pharmanza Herbal
POP Mama POP!
Pratt Standard
Prima
Pulp Pantry
Pure Organic Foods and Fiber, Inc.
RE Botanicals
REBBL
Reformation
Repurpose
Rogue Creamery
Sambazon
Seventh Generation
Shanbally Herb Dispensary
Shroomeats
Simply Straws
Spinster Sisters, Inc.
Square Organics
Stardust Sustainables
Stonyfield
Straus Family Creamery
Sun Genomics
sunomi switchel
SunRidge Farms
Sustain Bars
Tankabar
Teadora Beauty
Teatulia Organic Teas
Teeccino
tentree
The GFB: Gluten Free Bar
The Happy Beast
the Make Studio
The Philosopher's Stoneground
The Run-A-Ton Group Inc/Wholly Wholesome
Tony's Coffee
Torajamelo
Tribe Skincare
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
W.S. Badger Company
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water
Welly Bottle
WishGarden Herbs

Basil Bandwagon
Boise Co-op
BriarPatch Cooperative
Burgerville
Cambridge Naturals
Co+opportunity Market & Deli
Common Crow Natural Market
Community Food Co-op
Cured
Deep Roots Market
Eatsie.us
Glen's Garden Market
Good Earth Natural Foods
Green Zebra Grocery
Grove Collaborative
Healthy Way Market
INFRA
Just Salad
LifeSource Natural Foods
MOM's Organic Market
Monadnock Food Co-op
National Co+op Grocers
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
New Seasons Market
No Bones Beach Club
Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Coop
Orcas Food Co-op
Oryana Food Cooperative
Palace Market
PCC Community Markets
Pure Fresh & Organic
Rising Tide Co-op
Rising Tide Natural Market
River Valley Co-op
Slo Natural Foods Co-op
The Common Bond Market
The Merc Co+op
Thrive Market
Viroqua Food Co-op
Weaver's Way Cooperative Association
Wheatsville Food Co-op
Winter Ridge Natural Foods
Ypsilanti Food Co-op
Zingerman's Community of Business

Dennick FruitSource
Eco Quality Solutions LLC
Hummingbird Wholesale
Veritable Vegetable

Danone North America
Fresca Foods
Giusto's Specialty Foods
GloryBee
JM Smucker Company
Makers7
Maple Valley Cooperative
Mountain Rose Herbs
Natural Habitats
Nature Bio Foods
OPTYVA
Organically Grown
Precision Plus
PurePlus+
Runamok Maple, LLC
Sustainable Sourcing LLC

40 Acre Co-op
Alexandre Family Farm
Global Family Farms
Kol Foods
Skinny Farm
Vilicus Farms

1908 Brands
About and For Sustainability
ADinfinitum, Inc
Agribusiness Global Allies
All Things Green PR
Bliss Network
Botanical Consulting International, LLC
Brand Geek/ Law Office of Lara Pearson
Brand Secrets and Strategies
Buy Pure New Zealand
Carbon Farm
Change Finance, PBC
Clean Energy Technology Resources, LLC
Climate Clean, Inc.
Climate Positive Consulting
Community Planet Foundation
Compass Natural Marketing
Covet PR
Craft Brew Alliance
Down to Earth Organic & Natural
Earth Media Creative
EarthyB LLC
eco18.com
Ecodeo
Effect Partners
Elk Packaging
Exact Solar
First Crop, Inc.
Fosterra, LLC
Fresh Ideas Group
Fucol Group Capital
Garcoa, Inc.
Generate Capital
Good Company
Grady Britton
Hela Bima Rice Project
Heliotropic Technologies, P.A.
Legacy Vacation Resorts
Living Well Awake
Locus Agricultural Solutions
Lovevery
Makeena
Mango Materials
Marin Restorative Communications
Metis Consulting Group
Metta Earth Institute, Inc.
Meyer Family Enterprises
MK Library
Modern Species
Monolithic Materials
MxG Fiber
NationBuilder
Natural Network
Neighborhood Sun
Net Zero Analysis & Design Corp
New Leaf Paper
Nia Impact Capital
NY NJ Food Guru LLC
Olympic Range Creation
Organic & Natural Health Association
Organic & Regenerative Investment Cooperative
Plan International
Planet+Purpose Solutions
Planted Cuisine
Pure Strategies
r.Cup
Reforestum
ReGen Partners LLC
RSF Social Finance
Soil & More Impacts
Soil Science Society of America
Soli
Source Organic
Spirited Artisan Collaborative
Sustainable Concepts Studio
SusTrue
TAP Synergy Works, llc
Terra Genesis International
Terrapass
The Determined
The Garden Sage
The HERD Foundation
The Naturalist
THG Energy
Thinkshift Communications
Triage Limited
Tribal Code
Trust Transparency Center
Vanguard Renewables
Wisdom Works
with Wind, LLC
Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates