“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. 





Welcome to the newest companies making commitments, Corporación Ambiental Empresarial CAEM, Adaptations Inc, Nana Joe's Granola, Bread SRSLY, Voyaging Foods, BriarPatch Cooperative, Kimberton Whole Foods, Alameda Natural Grocery, RE Botanicals, Nutricare Pty Ltd, New Seasons Market, Philadelphia Macaroni Company, and Rachel Martin Design! Click here for a complete list of the companies that have made commitments to date. 

SPOTLIGHT: Tracking Progress Update


The results are in from our first Tracking Progress Update--our annual check in on how natural products companies are progressing against their climate action goals. This year 168 companies representing more than 540 climate action commitments provided updates. What do our results show? The industry is overwhelmingly taking action to meet their climate goals. Read the update here.


Reflections From the Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit: Company Leadership on the Journey Toward Exponential Transformation 

California agriculture will show the world how to lead on climate change

Screw Incremental Improvements: Mars is Changing How It Does Business 

'Super pollutants' such as methane, HFCs and black carbon were a hot topic at GCAS

Improving soil quality can slow global warming 

GCAS: 400 Investors, Salesforce & Friends 'Step Up' to Ensure Climate Turning Point by 2020


Sustainable Food Trade Association 2018 Annual Member Progress Report 

Every year, SFTA generates a Member Sustainability Progress Report that contains aggregated data from the annual member reports submitted. The 2018 report includes data from farmers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers about their business accomplishments in years 2016-2017. The report highlights significant achievements in the SFTA action areas: organic acreage and land use, distribution and sourcing, energy use, climate change, water use and quality, waste reduction, packaging and marketing materials, labor, animal care, sustainability education, governance and community.



Webinar: Yin and Yang - Understanding and Conveying Advantages of your Sustainable Product Packaging

In the natural product industry, few discussions can be more technical than that of product packaging. Yet developing a fluency in sustainable packaging is critical to help drive sustainable, climate-friendly packaging design within companies, and the ability to convey sustainable design choices and advantages to consumers. These two points –packaging fluency and related consumer engagement— drive our conversation. Watch the recording here!




Future of Food: Climate Wins

October 17, 4-8 PM PDT, Berkeley 

Join OSC2 and Naturally Bay Area for a special follow up to Global Climate Action Summit, with special content from the Climate CollaborativeThe event will feature afternoon workshops on implementing packaging and agriculture programs, a happy hour, and an evening leadership program focused on ramping up climate action within our industry. Learn more and register here

Webinar: Consumers are Key - Engaging End Consumers to Mitigate Climate

October 17, 10 AM PDT // 11 AM MDT // 12 PM CDT // 1 PM EDT

Our October webinar will introduce attendees to speakers from market research firm NMI, Seventh Generation, and Dr. Bronner’s to unpack and reveal the inner workings of consumer purchasing trends and company strategies and tactics to engage them in their good climate work. We'll learn about how your company can help build its brand and magnify its climate mitigation efforts through consumer engagement. Learn more and register here

[Partner Event] The Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate

December 4-6, Boulder

The Summit brings together the food and fashion industries for climate impact. The Summit features working tabletop sessions, Regenerative Slams™ and panel conversations. Showcasing influencers and innovators from the food and fashion industries, the Summit is poised to support these two industries to reimagine sourcing as a path to empower regenerative agriculture to build healthy soils that enhance carbon sequestration. Learn more and register here

[Partner Event] [Food +Beverage] Collider

October 23, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM EDT, Asheville 

[Food + Beverage] Collider will feature presentations from global and regional food and beverage industry leaders who are pioneering strategies and methods to adapt their agricultural operations and supply chains to build resilient operations and increase market competitiveness. Learn more and register here


Have you had any climate impact successes you think we should know about? Send them our way and we’ll make sure that your lessons learned benefit the whole community. 

Send us any blog or social media posts your company publishes about your experience reducing your impact on the climate and we’ll spread the word!

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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.



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