For over 20 years Annie’s has been dedicated to providing families with healthy and delicious food choices and to show by example that a successful business can also be socially responsible. Annie’s is defined by its employees and their passion about food, people and the planet. The company remains a mission-driven business grounded in using natural and organic ingredients to make great-tasting products that consumers love.
Annie’s joined BICEP because “as a company committed to sustainable business practices, we know that climate change is a key issue that must be addressed at a national policy level and by the collective business community. We applaud the efforts of BICEP to advocate for strong and effective climate and energy policies to protect our planet now and for future generations.”
With more than $138 million invested in on-mountain improvements over the past seven seasons, Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) is able to provide guests the most seamless skiing and riding experience in the industry. Headquartered in Aspen, Colo., Aspen Skiing Company operates four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.
ASC joined BICEP in 2009 because it strongly believes that the scope and scale of the climate problem means businesses need to rethink their approach to climate change. For that reason, ASC has implemented industry leading energy efficiency and renewable energy problems, and has played a primary role as a policy advocate.
Founded in 1978 in Minneapolis, MN, Aveda creates high performance, botanically-based products for beauty professionals and consumers. Throughout the years, Aveda has pioneered new benchmarks of environmental responsibility in beauty. It was the first privately-owned company to sign the Ceres Principles in 1989 and the first beauty company in the world to manufacture with 100 percent wind power. Aveda was also the first beauty company to receive a Cradle To Cradle charter for its commitment to sustainable products, packaging and production. Currently seven products hold Cradle To Cradle certification. Since 1999, Aveda’s annual Earth Month campaign, held each April, has raised more than $32 million to support environmental projects around the world.
Burton is excited to become a BICEP member because the company takes climate change and clean energy action personally – snowboarding is their life, livelihood and passion- and they think policy action is necessary to create meaningful progress. Burton is committed to making Burton as respected for their environmental and social impact as they are for their products. Privately held and owned by Jake and his wife, Burton President Donna Carpenter, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in Austria, Japan, Australia, California, Canada and China. For more information on Burton’s sustainability efforts, visit www.burton.com/sustainability.
Recently named the fifth greenest company in America by Newsweek, CA Technologies is an IT management software and solutions company specializing in mainframe, virtualization, security and cloud services. The company is headquartered in Islandia, NY and has set ambitious goals related to waste and energy use, as well as its supply chain and corporate governance. CA Technologies has committed to purchasing 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and has reduced it carbon footprint by approximately 25 percent since 2006 through energy saving initiatives and real estate consolidation.
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious, all-natural, organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® BAR energy bar and LUNA®. Headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., Clif Bar & Company was ranked the No. 1 brand in the Forbes Breakaway Brands survey. To reduce its impact on climate change, Clif Bar & Company is transitioning to using all organic ingredients in its products as well as measuring and offsetting its CO2 emissions, among other initiatives.
Clif Bar & Company joined BICEP in 2009 to help meet its three key goals in its Climate Action program: 1.) To reduce its use of fossil fuels wherever it can, throughout its supply chain; 2.) To offset its corporate climate footprint by helping to build new sources of renewable energy that create social and environmental benefits; and 3.) To help build and support the climate movement.
With more than 90 million active users globally, eBay is the world's largest online marketplace. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., eBay connects a diverse community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. In 2009, the total worth of goods sold on eBay was $60 billion.
Being the world’s leading e-commerce company presents unique climate change challenges for eBay. To that end, eBay Inc. has committed to reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 15 percent by 2012 over a 2008 baseline. eBay joined BICEP in 2009 because it believes "that solutions to the climate change crisis will require actors from all sectors of society – individuals, governments and businesses – working in concert." "We embrace our unique opportunity to leverage our platforms to promote savvier, more sustainable consumption, while also striving to minimize the environmental impact of our direct operations," eBay said.
When asked why it joined BICEP in 2009, Eileen Fisher replied, "We know that Earth’s changing climate affects our customers and our suppliers, most specifically those that tend and grow the high-quality natural fibers at the core of our business. And we know that creating strong climate policy is a key component to reducing the risks of climate change."
Gap Inc.'s comprehensive environmental strategy focuses efforts on energy, water and waste in both its owned and operated facilities and supply chain. When asked why it joined BICEP in 2009, Gap replied, "We believe we should go beyond the basics of ethical business practices and embrace our responsibility to people and the planet. We believe this brings a sustained, collective value to our shareholders, our employees, our customers and society."
General Mills has been fulfilling our mission of Nourishing Lives – making lives healthier, easier and richer – for 147 years. As we consider the next hundred years, we see a clear imperative: business, together with governments, NGOs and individuals, needs to act to reduce the human impact on climate change. Government policies that provide proportionate and clear guidance on mitigation and adaptation are essential for large scale progress. Business investment in innovations that help reduce natural resource use and create energy alternatives is essential to reach scalable practices and technologies. And, helping individual consumers make more sustainable choices is essential to reducing the collective human impact on the environment. Throughout our value chain, General Mills is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, improving livelihoods and creating economic value. We signed onto BICEP because we see its policy approach as an important and efficient complement to our existing sustainability efforts.
KB Home is one of the nation’s premier homebuilders and has delivered over half a million quality homes for families since its founding in 1957. KB Home is the only national homebuilder to publish a comprehensive annual sustainability report and has been named the #1 Green Homebuilder in a study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine’s 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies list.
When asked why they joined BICEP, KB Home CEO, Jeffrey Mezger replied, “KB Home has helped more than half a million families achieve the dream of homeownership throughout our 55 year history. We believe that continued advancements in energy efficiency are fundamental to the future of homebuilding and we continue to look for ways to help minimize our homeowners’ impact on the environment as well as lowering their monthly energy costs. We are honored to join the other leading companies in BICEP and to advocate for sensible cost-effective climate and energy policies. Opportunities abound--we have no time to lose."
Kellogg Company has a rich tradition of caring deeply about its consumers, customers and the world we live in. Our legacy of sustainability goes back more than 100 years ago when W.K. Kellogg began using recycled materials for the first cereal boxes. We strive to deliver business performance while also doing what’s right for the environment and society. It’s what our consumers and stakeholders expect from us, and what we expect from ourselves.
We recognize that upstream agriculture emissions are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain and we are working on multiple fronts to reduce these emissions. We also recognize that solutions to complex challenges, like climate change, require multistakeholder collaboration. We value continued engagement and discussion with external stakeholders , such as BICEP, on this important issue. Click here to learn more about Kellogg’s commitment to climate action.
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company that sells lingerie, personal care and beauty products, apparel and accessories. The company operates more than 2,600 specialty retail stores in the United States and, additionally, its brands are sold in more than 680 company-operated and franchised locations world-wide.
As a values-led organization, L Brands is increasingly integrating the protection and preservation of global resources into our everyday business practices. It's part of doing what is right and means that we are committed to sustainable, responsible and thoughtful environmental behavior. Our commitment is to consistently improve upon and expand our environmental stewardship efforts, while continuing to collaborate with other advocates who share our values. We applaud the steadfast work of Ceres’ BICEP and are proud to join their efforts as we all work together to protect and safeguard the environment for current and future generations.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ and Denizen™ brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide.
Levis is committed to reducing its emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases through maximum energy effiiciency and the use of 100 percent renewable energy - first in its operations and then throughout the supply chain.
Levi Strauss & Co. was a founding member of BICEP, recognizing that in order to combat climate change, effective U.S. government leadership and an appropriate federal regulatory environment that promotes energy efficiency, encourages energy and climate innovation and reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions was needed.
Based on commonly referenced estimates of what is necessary to prevent dangerous levels of climate change, Mars has committed to make its operations ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ by eliminating fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing its impact on water quality and availability, and mitigating the impacts of waste by 2040. They have set an interim target to reduce operational emissions by 25 percent by 2015 in absolute terms, from a 2007 baseline. To learn more about Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation approach and goals, click here
“Mars is committed to reducing and eventually eliminating our greenhouse gas emissions, in absolute terms, because this is the right thing to do. Climate change has implications for the production of agricultural ingredients from corn to cocoa, and addressing it requires changes to the way we source materials and manufacture our products,” said Brad Figel, vice president of public affairs, Mars North America. “Therefore it is imperative we continue to improve sustainability in our approach to business, as well as the way we create policy, which is why it is important for us to make our voice heard through BICEP in encouraging policymakers to take action now.”
As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé recognizes its responsibility to address environmental concerns and has taken meaningful GHG emissions reduction actions. By 2015, Nestlé expects to reduce direct GHG emissions per ton of product by 35% compared with 2005, leading to an absolute reduction in GHG emissions. We have been recognized for our work with suppliers, farmers and consumers to encourage resource efficiency, responsible product sourcing and environmental stewardship.
Beyond what we do in our own operations and supply chain, Nestlé believes that it is imperative that governments provide stable legal and policy frameworks that create a level playing field and provide incentives to guide behavior to tackle climate change. While it is Nestlé’s policy to mitigate carbon emissions within its operations, the company believes climate change must ultimately be addressed through mutually beneficial collaboration and multi-stakeholder channels to be effective, which is why Nestlé has joined BICEP.
While dedicated to improving its own operations, New Belgium Brewing Company understands that modeling right practices won’t be enough to achieve the change needed on a national and international level. "Policy shapes how environmentally and socially responsible our society is, and we know that we cannot effectively impact policy working alone," New Belgium Brewing Company said. "BICEP provides us with the opportunity to join other business voices in advocating for aggressive energy and climate policies to address the tremendous challenges and opportunities facing our country." New Belgium Brewing Company joined BICEP in 2010.
NIKE was a founding member of BICEP, recognizing that investing in innovative solutions to reduce the impact of climate change and energy dependence cannot be done alone. "Solutions must be found by sharing knowledge, mobilizing resources, harnessing new technologies, lobbying governments and encouraging consumers to participate in the race against climate change," NIKE said.
Founded in 1989, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. It seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service.
Since the industry it represents is dependent on climate stability, the OIA is dedicated to preventing declining snowpacks, droughts and other extreme weather events related to climate change. OIA joined BICEP in 2010 because it "believes Congress should pass comprehensive climate change legislation that reflects these realities, accounts for the needs of the outdoor recreation industry and contains policies and funding protecting public lands and waters and the ecosystem services they provide – including recreational opportunities."
Owens Corning is committed to safeguarding, sustaining and improving the environment for the benefit of current and future generations.
Owens Corning believes that key conclusions, regarding the impact of human activity on global climate change, have earned widespread support requiring the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) around the world.
Owens Corning is well positioned to help address this issue through the increased energy efficiency gained from the use of many of the products we produce and the reductions in GHG emissions that occur when these products are used. This is an opportunity for Owens Corning to make a measurable difference in global sustainability.
“Patagonia is proud to join colleagues in BICEP to advocate for meaningful energy and climate policies,” said Hans Cole, Patagonia’s Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy Manager. “Together, the companies in BICEP are communicating a critical message to the world: that fighting climate change is a business and economic opportunity. Most importantly, as David Brower said, ‘There’s no business to be done on a dead planet.’” Patagonia joined BICEP in 2013.
The Portland Trail Blazers, members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 29 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. With a corporate mission to make it better in the community, the Trail Blazers strive to help children and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington live, learn, and play. The Trail Blazers are the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, became the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold Certification. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance.
Seventh Generation is committed to developing and selling sustainable cleaning, paper and personal care products that conserve natural resources. Headquartered in Burlington, Vt., Seventh Generation's brand-name products include non-chlorine bleached, 100 percent recycled paper towels, bathroom and facial tissues, and napkins; non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaning, dish and laundry products; plastic trash bags made from recycled plastic; chlorine-free baby diapers, training pants, and baby wipes; and chlorine-free feminine care products.
Seventh Generation is taking action to reduce its carbon footprint by setting a companywide reduction target, and working with its community of employees to increase the efficiency of their homes and cars. "But we also know that our work is a small piece of the global problem, and that if we are to truly solve it, citizens and business alike need to join the call for strong science based federal action on climate change," said Seventh Generation, who joined BICEP in 2009. "That’s why we are so pleased to have joined the visionary companies of BICEP. We see advocacy of science-based solutions to climate change as a natural extension of the work we are doing within the company and throughout our supply chain to reduce the climate impacts of our business."
Starbucks recently set new targets around environmental stewardship as part of Starbucks™ Shared Planet™, an initiative dedicated to improving the way the company works with its customers, communities, partners and farmers to create a better future for all. By 2015, 100 percent of Starbucks' cups will be reusable or recyclable and it will significantly reduce its environmental footprint through energy and water conservation, recycling and green construction. Starbucks is a founding member of BICEP because, "Participating in the BICEP coalition is one way we’re working to deliver on these Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ commitments to doing business responsibly," Starbucks said. "Some may call this responsible capitalism, we think it’s just good business."
Stonyfield Farm is the world's leading organic yogurt company. Its certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream are distributed nationally. The company advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. Its use of organic ingredients helps keep over 180,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers known to contaminate soil, drinking water and food.
To help reduce climate change, Stonyfield offsets all of the CO2 emissions generated from its facility energy use. The company also started a nonprofit called Climate Counts, which shows people how they can help fight climate change by the way they shop and invest. Stonyfield also donates 10 percent of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth. Stonyfield said it joined BICEP in 2009 because "with global warming now approaching dangerous levels, we want Congress to move expeditiously to control greenhouse gas emissions, and we recommend that it look less at economic models and more at economic reality – what the actual, on-the-ground experience of pro-active entities like the BICEP companies shows.”
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Its software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored.
There are four key components that feature in Symantec’s environmental strategy: green IT and the green data center, resource conservation, responsible packaging and transportation. Symantec said it joined BICEP in 2009 because "the environmental costs of doing business have never been more evident, and Symantec is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint by conserving the natural resources on which we all depend."
The North Face is dedicated to reducing the impacts of climate change and is working toward positive solutions that will increase its energy independence and create new green jobs and predictability in weather patterns. By joining BICEP in 2009, "we are calling upon all of our stakeholders to contact their legislators and express their thoughts and concerns about climate change. Through our actions, we are determined to inspire the worldwide public to do their part in making our planet healthier and the environment safer for all," The North Face said.
Timberland is a global leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories for consumers who value the outdoors and their time in it. Headquartered in Stratham, NH, Timberland markets products under the Timberland®, Timberland PRO®, Mountain Athletics®, SmartWool®, Timberland Boot Company® and howies® brands, all of which are built to withstand the elements of nature. The company’s products can be found in leading department and specialty stores as well as Timberland® retail stores throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East.
Timberland’s goal is to become “carbon neutral”– meaning that the company seeks to fully reduce and offset the effects of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by Timberland owned and operated facilities as well as employee air travel. Timberland's target is an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2010 (over 2006 levels). Timberland said it is a founding member of BICEP because "global warming poses an alarming threat given the magnitude and reach of its impact."
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190 countries. Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. We are living in a world where temperatures are rising, water is scarce, energy expensive, food supplies uncertain and the gap between rich and poor increasing. We cannot close our eyes to the problems the world faces. At Unilever we believe that business must be part of the solution. But to be so, business will have to change. Sustainable, equitable growth is the only acceptable business model, that’s one reason we joined BICEP.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, while reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/.
As a responsible corporate citizen with operations in more than 100 countries, we have a duty to address this challenge. VF has made a commitment to reduce our GHG by 5 percent by 2015 (from 2009 levels), and we are on track to accomplish this goal. We support the use of renewable energy, and are doing so at many facilities across our global organization.
VF also supports the international, national and local action being taken to mitigate the environmental damage caused by climate change. And we believe that collaboration across business sectors, governments and advocacy groups will be critical to accelerate technical advancements and smart policies that minimize the effects of climate change. We believe that through our participation in groups such as BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate Change Policy) and the Carbon Disclosure Project, we can have a greater impact on this important issue.
But we have more work to do. We are continuing to identify ways to further decrease our carbon footprint, reduce our use of natural resources, and develop a sustainable sourcing and product design model. Additionally, VF supports our associates and the communities in which we live and work in efforts to protect and preserve the environment.
Vulcan, Inc. creates and advances a variety of world-class endeavors and high-impact initiatives that change and improve the way people live, learn, do business and experience the world. Founded in 1986 by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, Vulcan oversees various business and charitable projects including real estate holdings, investments in dozens of companies, including the Seattle Seahawks NFL, Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer, and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises, First & Goal Inc., the Seattle Cinerama theatre, Experience Music Project, the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. For more information, visit www.vulcan.com.