In 2021, the Climate Collaborative transitioned to become an independent 501(c)(3) organization. This marked a significant milestone, reflecting the growth and evolution of the Collaborative from its roots as a project of OSC and SFTA (which integrated into the OTA in 2020). As an independent entity, the Climate Collaborative continues to drive bold climate action within the natural products industry. For more information on the Climate Collaborative, please visit: climatecollaborative.com
OSC’s Role in the Founding of the Climate Collaborative
The Climate Collaborative emerged from a shared belief among leaders in the natural food industry that by working together, we could significantly amplify our impact on reversing climate change. This initiative took root from a conversation between Jessica Rolph and Lara Dickinson, who, despite being in different parts of the country, both experienced the personal and professional impacts of climate change. They, along with Nancy Hirshberg and Katherine DiMatteo of the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA), formulated a plan to drive meaningful climate action within the industry. The OSC and SFTA boards jointly approved the Climate Collaborative as a project in September 2016. By April 2017, the Sustainable Food Lab, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, joined as a partner and fiscal sponsor. This partnership underscored the collaborative’s commitment to driving impactful climate initiatives.