Nature’s Path Organic Foods, North America’s largest organic breakfast food company, was one of 75 companies on Wednesday calling on Congress to pass meaningful climate legislation including a price on carbon.
The British Columbia-based company took part in the Lawmaker Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD) on Carbon Pricing to meet with a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers.
The event was heralded as the largest business gathering on Capitol Hill to advocate for climate legislation in more than 10 years. The businesses participating in LEAD included 20 Fortune 500 companies as well as trade associations, medium and small businesses representing combined revenues of more than $1.7 trillion. See the full list of business participants.
“At Nature’s Path, we see firsthand the impact of climate change to our business and the many U.S. family farms where we source our ingredients. From droughts in North Dakota impacting our oat supply to severe weather in California impacting our ability to source organic raisins, rice and almonds domestically,” said Arran Stephens, Nature’s Path co-founder and co-CEO. “It’s time for business and government to work together to implement policies to bring positive change to our planet, and I believe it begins with a national price on carbon.”
Stephens and other business representatives are meeting one-on-one with lawmakers and congressional staff from both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate to educate them on the economic impacts of climate change and the need for comprehensive and effective national climate policies.
Hosted by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), these businesses will make the case for a strong and effective federal carbon price and share the private sector’s vision for comprehensive solutions to tackle climate change.
“At Nature’s Path, our major manufacturing plants are based in the U.S., and we call British Columbia (BC), Canada home. There has been a price on carbon in BC since 2008, and this tax has not hurt our business growth,” said Stephens. “Like many businesses that rely on fossil fuels, we have had to adapt and make meaningful changes to our energy use and have set a goal for climate neutrality by 2020.”
Since its inception in 2008, the carbon tax in British Columbia has been steadily increasing form $10 a metric ton to its current price of $35 per metric ton. As a result, B.C. reached its first greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 6 percent below 2007 levels by 2012, as set out in the province’s Climate Action Plan.
“We have many tools in our arsenal to fight climate change,” said Jyoti Stephens, vice president of mission and strategy for Nature’s Path. “From purchasing renewable energy credits for all of our energy consumption since 2008, using regenerative organic farming practices and achieving zero-waste certification for all of our manufacturing facilities all helps to reduce our carbon impact.”