With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.
But this week we’re tipping our hats to the climate trailblazers: the leaders of the pack who aren’t waiting for government to mandate climate action, but are making moves now to mitigate risk in their supply chains and help ensure a stable planet today and into the future.
Western readers will likely recognize consumer company Unilever and international investment group Virgin, but the rest may be unfamiliar: Chinese construction companyBroad Group; African telecom Econet; and Brazilian cosmetics manufacturer Natura(which some may know as the largest publicly-traded B Corp).
“Companies deal with risk all the time, and we get paid basically to mitigate risks,” Powell said. “So, these are actually muscles that are very well-developed in organizations … We’re very good at piecing together action plans and mitigating risk.”
The signatories are a mix of major food conglomerates and mid-sized companies with a known sustainability bent: Mars, General Mills, Nestle U.S., Unilever, Danone Dairy North America, Stonyfield Farm, Ben & Jerry’s, Kellogg Co., New Belgium Brewery and Clif Bar.
Other companies you may know from the list include eBay, Patagonia, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Seventh Generation. Burlington, Vermont, and Bellingham, Washington, — both near the sites of proposed tar sands projects — also pledged to nix their use of the fuel.