In late spring, the Climate Collaborative Board and staff came together to engage in strategic planning. This was an inspiring process that tapped our collective intelligence and many of our forms of knowing to revision our organizational DNA. One element of this DNA was a foundational belief that "Collaboration is essential to accelerating climate action at scale and through collaboration the natural products industry has the capacity to lead on climate action." The new DNA articulates three core strategies: operationalize best practices, resource pre-competitive solutions, and provide pathways for action.
Since that time, we have been living into this new DNA. The fruits of this work include a number of new offerings and products that were launched just in the past two weeks:
- The Climate Action and Innovation Matrix launched in partnership with Planet FWD. This tool provides pathways for action that are strategic, impactful, and brand aligned.
- The Climate Action Connector will support companies in finding resources and partners (including pre-competitive partners!) to help accelerate their climate work.
- The Organic and Regenerative Transition Community of Practice is a year-long engagement for CPGs working on supply chain development for wheat, oats, buckwheat, lentils, chickpeas, and sunflowers.
- The Regenerative Certscape was developed in response to requests from our community to gain a deeper understanding of emerging regenerative certification programs.
- The Service Provider Membership provides a platform to help connect our robust climate service provider network into our broader community of thousands of companies in the grocery industry.
- Five sessions at Expo East including a new summit format focused on forest action, a session on the Farm Bill, and a session on the Climate Action and Innovation Matrix.
Each of these offerings reflect our commitment to bringing our community together to take meaningful action on climate. Our hope is that you will put these tools to use, give us feedback as needed, let us know how we can be of support, and please consider sponsoring the Climate Collaborative. Sponsorship is critical to helping us continue to do this important work.
Regenerative and Organic Transition Community of Practice
We are thrilled to announce that pre-registration is now open for the Organic and Regenerative Transition Community of Practice (CoP). This year-long cohort, launching in late October/early November, is designed to meet the unique needs of our CPGs. Participants will benefit from expert-led sessions and consults, peer-to-peer learning, and opportunities to work together in pre-competitive collaboration to solve many of the trickiest challenges facing CPGs with an organic climate-smart agriculture commitment.
Space will be limited!
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.
The Climate Action and Innovation Matrix is your definitive guide for aligning your business strategy, brand ethos, and climate action for increased impact. This tool is a collaborative effort between Planet FWD and the Climate Collaborative, and was developed to help you navigate your climate journey with clarity and confidence.
Learn more in our Upcoming Webinar
November 2nd, 1 PM EST // 12 PM CST // 11 AM MST // 10 AM PST
Join us for our November webinar as we take a deep dive into how you can use the Climate Action & Innovation Matrix! We'll also hear from brands on how the tool is supporting their work.
Are you looking to understand the difference between the leading regenerative agriculture certification programs? Check out the Regenerative Agriculture Certscape from the Climate Collaborative for answers to the most common questions the industry has about these emerging programs.
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.
Partner Policy Sign-On Opportunities
We know that many of you have been following news related to the 2023 Farm Bill and its importance as a major opportunity for climate action—on working lands, across supply chains, and on grocery shelves and in kitchens throughout the country. Unfortunately, it looks likely that the vote on the next Farm Bill, which expires on September 30th, will take place in December.
However, we are still pleased to include two "marker bills" that would greatly benefit from our support, and if included in the Farm Bill, would go a long way toward supporting a healthy climate and resilient food and farming systems. Read more below, and please consider adding your support.
Local Farms and Food Act
While the climate impacts of our industrial agriculture system are significant, we can achieve important reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by investing in regional food and farming infrastructure. The Local Farms and Food Act does just that, through advancements to proven programs that connect farmers and ranchers to local markets, and by supporting low-income families in maintaining access to nutritious, locally grown food.
The bill has bipartisan support and is championed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).
Converting Our Waste Sustainably (COWS) Act
The COWS Act, which has been introduced in both the House and the Senate, would establish a new federal manure management conservation program that reduces methane emissions on dairies while improving the economic viability of small and medium-sized dairies and offering an alternative to anaerobic digesters.
Strategic Communications Guidebook in Practice: Government Shutdown Edition
Climate Power, along with partners at Clean Energy for America and Elemental Excelerator, is providing companies with a memo on how to implement their Strategic Communications Guidebook as a threat of a government shutdown looms over Washington, D.C. There is a need for leaders to tell their unique story and how any repeal of federal investments will slow the progress you are making, hurt your community and hamper advancements in technology.
Climate Change in the American Mind: Climate Justice, Spring 2023
The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released data from the survey it conducted in Spring 2023. The survey questions included in this report were developed in partnership with climate justice organizations and practitioners in the United States and Canada, and this work would not have been possible without their contributions. Climate justice connects the goals of the decades-long environmental justice and climate change movements to address the ways that climate change disproportionately harms people who are already more vulnerable to its impacts. The goals of climate justice include reducing the unequal harms of climate change, providing equitable benefits from climate solutions, and involving affected communities in decision-making.
VERGE 23 (Oct. 24-26, San Jose, CA) is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. It is the center of gravity for the climate community — leaders from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address the climate crisis across the six key programs that comprise the event: Buildings, Carbon, Energy, Food, Startups and Transport.
IN THE NEWS
California lawmakers have passed a bill that would require large U.S.-based companies doing business in the Golden State to publicly disclose their annual greenhouse gas emissions - the first such requirement in the nation. Supporters of Senate Bill 253, the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, say the legislation is aimed at discouraging corporate greenwashing, or marketing that falsely portrays a company's efforts to reduce climate-warming emissions.
President Biden announced an initiative to train more than 20,000 young people in skills crucial to combating climate change, such as installing solar panels, restoring coastal wetlands and retrofitting homes to be more energy-efficient.
In this new section of our newsletter, we want to share out climate-related progress, announcements, and good news from our community in action. Send us an email at [email protected] to contribute to next month's section.
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.