Our work with business and industry

We work with leading companies to find environmental solutions and take them to scale.

For almost 30 years, EDF+Business has harnessed the power of companies – their ability to innovate, leverage supply chains, influence customers and shape public policy – demonstrating time and again that environmental progress and economic prosperity go hand in hand.

Today, businesses leadership is more important than ever in making the case for strong environmental safeguards and climate action.

Supercharging corporate sustainability

EDF works with companies to create a more resilient future for both business and the planet. Here are four ways we do that:

  • Walmart store

    Help companies set and achieve ambitious, science-based goals

    Our long-term partnership with Walmart has inspired ambitious goals and action on energy, emissions reductions, sustainable agriculture and safer products.

  • Woman and girl shopping

    Advance collaboration across industries for scale and impact

    We are guiding a growing group of retailers and consumer brands to send the most sweeping market demand signal yet for safer, more sustainable consumer products.

  • Business leaders meeting

    Make the case for business to support smart environmental policy

    We are accelerating the transition to a cleaner, more competitive economy by helping business support environmental protections and action on climate change.

  • Innovative technology

    Catalyze innovation to boost sustainability and the bottom line

    We produced a first-of-its-kind survey that shows companies' adoption of disruptive technologies. We also work with companies like Google to turn data into action.

In addition, EDF helps organizations accomplish their sustainability goals through our Climate Corps program. Every year, we train graduate students for summer fellowships at Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and CVS Health, as well as leading public institutions.

As a result, over $1.5 billion in energy saving projects have been identified and EDF Climate Corps has grown into a network of 1,700 environmental leaders in 34 countries, all working together to accelerate the shift to a thriving, clean energy future.

Pioneering a collaborative approach

Early on, EDF saw the need to partner with mainstream businesses. We were the first environmental organization to do so, beginning in the 1980s. While this was a controversial move at the time, it has become the norm, with many other environmental groups following our lead.

Since then, we’ve partnered with hundreds of leading companies and investors to deliver measurable business and environmental results. Here are a few examples of what these partnerships have achieved:

  • Our partnership with McDonald’s eliminated their Styrofoam clamshell packaging along with over 300 million pounds of waste.
  • We worked with FedEx to introduce the first hybrid delivery trucks, reducing emissions by 65 percent.
  • We partnered with KKR to create a Green Portfolio Program that has generated nearly $1.2 billion in financial impact and avoided more than 2.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • We helped Walmart reduce more than 36 million metric tons of emissions from its supply chain, surpassing its first greenhouse gas reduction goal by 30 percent.