We get business. We get the environment. You get results.
EDF+Business is working to create a more sustainable world where companies, communities, and the environment thrive. We’re making it happen by forging unexpected partnerships that catalyze environmental leadership and collaboration across companies and supply chains. Our team has been at the forefront of this transformation for +25 years, bringing cutting-edge science, policy, and economic expertise to high-impact companies – including McDonalds, Walmart, and KKR – to transform business as usual in their products, operations, and advocacy.
Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.
By working with business, we support the EDF mission by finding pragmatic, market-based solutions to environmental issues. Our work drives EDF’s aggressive goals for oceans, climate, health and ecosystems by leveraging the power of business to model the way for sustainability and smart policy.
We envision a world where business thrives by valuing, protecting and improving the environment. Our collaborations drive sustainability leadership at high-impact corporations, creating ripple effects across entire industries.
Show the world how to thrive – profitably and sustainably
Smart business leaders know prosperity isn’t born of short-term politics, but rather long-term economics. These same leaders understand that a thriving economy depends on a thriving environment – and vice versa. It isn’t either/or.
Responsible progress is in the hands of the leaders, the innovators, the collaborators. The ones who see a more resilient future for both business and the planet.
We’re here to help you build a legacy of leading from the front. After all, that’s what your customers and stakeholders expect of you – and we bet you expect it of your own organization.
EDF has created a four-part framework grounded in sound science and 25+ years of partnering with business. This is how you raise the bar on corporate leadership.
Partnerships & Collaborations
EDF has collaborated with over 30% of Fortune 100 companies to align sustainability goals with bottom line gains.
Our work with companies like Walmart, KKR, McDonald’s and AT&T creates environmental and business best practices that have been successfully replicated across industries. We have +25 years of success in working with major brands to drive transformative environmental change.
We are a gender- and generationally-diverse team of professionals with a unique blend of skillsets, backgrounds and specialities. We are united by deep understanding of how business works.
Corporate sustainabiliy leadership, corporate policy leadership, corporate partnerships, Innovation
Yesh Pavlik Slenk
Senior Manager, Climate Corps
Climate Corps, corporate partnerships, corporate sustainability, community management
Corporate partnerships and strategy, business and the environment, green supply chain, retail and consumer goods, business strategy to address climate, health and land and water impacts
Corporate climate leadership, climate and energy policy advocacy, corporate partnerships, business and the environment
Director, Climate Corps
Developing emerging climate leaders, Building uncommon corporate, public and non-profit partnerships, Advancing corporate sustainability
Director, Energy Strategy, HBS Leadership Fellow
Oil & gas, methane emissions, sustainable finance
Director of Investor Influencer
Oil & gas, petrochemicals, transportation and natural climate solutions
Director, Energy Strategy, HBS Leadership Fellow
Energy transition, offset strategy, petrochemicals/refineries
Strategic communications, media relations, public relations, content marketing
Climate and clean air strategy, new technology development, corporate partnerships, regulatory frameworks for innovation
Director, Consumer Health
Sustainable consumer products and supply chains, safer chemicals, safer food, clean circular economy
Senior Manager, Climate Corps
Energy efficiency, renewable energy, financial analysis of energy projects
Sustainable Finance Manager
Clean energy, sustainable fisheries, tropical forests and agricultural supply chains, methane mitigation technologies for oil and gas, energy efficiency, private equity.
Director, Resilient Food and Forests
Deforestation, Agriculture, Supply chain, Sustainable Food.
Manager, Climate Corps China
energy efficiency, supply chain, cross-cultural collaboration
Senior Manager, EDF Innovation Fund
Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Innovation, Climate Entrepreneurship
Corporate sustainability strategy, food and agriculture, supply chain, deforestation
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Media relations, strategic communication, thought leadership, Marketing, Social media
Project Manager, Climate Corps
Climate Corps, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Partnerships
Fellow Recruitment Project Manager, Climate Corps
Corporate partnerships, Climate Corps
Theresa C. Eberhardt
Corporate partnerships, food and agriculture, waste reduction strategy development
Coordinator, Investor Influence
Sustainable finance, shareholder engagement, energy transition
High Meadows Fellow, Sustainable Energy
Renewable energy, distributed energy for island nations
Program Associate, Climate Corps
Climate Corps, renewable energy economics, environmental policy
Founded in 1967, EDF drives environmental breakthroughs in climate and energy, ecosystems, oceans and health through a unique approach that draws heavily on science, economics and bipartisan outreach.
A signature element of EDF is its ability to form unique partnerships around common goals. When looking specifically at EDF’s corporate partnerships, the common goal is finding the opportunities where sustainability and bottom line gains intersect.
Starting with the first groundbreaking collaboration between an NGO and an industry leader – McDonald’s – EDF has been modeling the way for driving transformative environmental gains from our alliance with business.
McDonald's: a new kind of partnership
EDF launches first corporate partnership with McDonald’s, eliminating 300 million pounds of packaging waste. One of the changes made, switching from polystyrene foam “clamshells” to paper for sandwich packaging, resulted in a 70-90% packaging reduction and saved McDonald’s an estimated $6 million per year.
Starbucks: re-thinking double cups
Starbucks and EDF join forces to reduce the coffee giant’s paper cup waste. (By 50%) Starbucks says goodbye to double-cupping! With the introduction of the insulating sleeve, made from 60 percent postconsumer recycled fiber, EDF helped develop the best environmental alternative to double-cupping. Learn more.
UPS: tackling excessive packaging
EDF helps UPS save over $1 million per year with new packaging. EDF improves the environmental impact of the company’s express packaging while advancing UPS as an industry leader. Learn more.
Citigroup: switching to recycled paper
EDF shows Citigroup how to switch to 30% post-consumer recycled copy paper — at no additional cost. EDF demonstrates how to improve paper purchasing while reducing environmental impacts.
McDonald's: reducing antibiotics in poultry
McDonald’s and EDF eliminate 17,900 pounds of antibiotics used annually by McDonald’s poultry suppliers. EDF helped McDonald’s create a global purchasing policy to reduce the use of antibiotics in poultry production.
Fedex: greener, cleaner trucks
EDF and FedEx develop a cleaner, more fuel-efficient delivery truck. Greener by the mile: FedEx’s new fleet of trucks reduced smog-causing emissions by 65%.
Wegman's: reducing antibiotics in shrimp
EDF works with Wegman’s, a family-owned grocery chain, on developing standards for farmed shrimp. The new standards EDF created with Wegman’s require farmed shrimp producers to eliminate the use of antibiotics and other chemicals.
Walmart: ambitious goals, enormous scale
EDF partners with Walmart to help guide the retailer in reducing the environmental footprint of its operations and the products it sells. The partnership has led to Walmart’s commitment to cut 20 million metric tons of CO2 and other important advances.
Compass Group: reducing antibiotics in pork and poultry
EDF and Compass Group unveil a first-of-its-kind purchasing policy to curb antibiotic use in hog and chicken production.
PHH Arval: a carbon neutral fleet
EDF announces venture with PHH Arval to improve the environmental performance of commercial fleets and curb global warming emissions. PHH becomes the first North American fleet management company to deploy a carbon neutral fleet. Learn more.
DuPont: addressing nanotechnology risks
DuPont and EDF launch the Nano Risk Framework, a comprehensive, practical system to address the potential risks of nanotechnology.
The launch of Climate Corps
EDF creates Climate Corps, a summer fellowship program that embeds talented graduate students directly inside organizations to guide them on saving money and energy.
KKR: scaling sustainability across portfolios
EDF launches Green Returns program with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduced water use and trim and recycle waste across their portolio.
GE: finding "treasure" through sustainability
EDF collaborates with GE on Ecomagination Treasure Hunts. GE has performed over 200 Treasure Hunts across its businesses with $150 million in savings opportunities.
The Carlyle Group: environmental risk mitigation
EDF partners with The Carlyle Group to launch EcoValuScreen. New tool helps private equity factor environmental performance into risk mitigation.
AT&T: efficient water use for corporations
EDF and AT&T develop the Water Efficiency Toolkit and launch it at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. If EDF’s water efficiency tools are used in buildings across the U.S. there is a potential of 28 Billion gallons of water savings annually.
Walmart: phasing out chemicals of concern
With EDF’s support in creating the policy, Walmart gives notice to its consumer product suppliers requiring the phase out of certain chemicals of concern in U.S. consumable products sold in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.
IFC International: putting a cost on methane
The ICF cost curve helps achieve a commitment to 45% reduction in and the development of methane regulations from the Obama administration.
Rising to the methane challenge
EDF launches the Methane Detectors Challenge to jumpstart a new market for innovative sensors that can make it easier to rapidly find and fix leaks of methane emissions, a potent short-lived greenhouse gas.
Climate Corps expands into China
The Climate Corps program expands into China, working with global companies like Walmart, New Balance, adidas and Cummins to establish energy efficiency in supplier factories.
Walmart: going big on GHG reductions
EDF works closely with Walmart to surpass the five-year goal of reducing 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain through several transformational projects.
Tackling chemical additives in food
EDF expands our effort to reduce consumer exposure to hazardous chemicals with a new focus on food additives. We launched a new online initiative, Behind the Label, that encourages leading grocers and food manufacturers to adopt systemic approaches to moving hazardous chemicals out of food.
Passing new policy on toxlc dhemicals
EDF helps reduce toxic chemicals from Walmart’s supply chain and leverages corporate leadership to spur adoption of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a much-needed reform to the outdated U.S. chemical safety law.
Shell, Statoil: measuring methane to manage methane
EDF collaborates with leading oil and gas companies Shell and Statoil to field test continuous monitoring technologies for oil and gas methane emissions; while launching an innovation challenge to develop new approaches to quickly detect and quantify methane emissions.
Walmart: a "moonshot" on GHG emissions
EDF works with Walmart to develop and launch “Project Gigaton,” a collaborative effort to reduce one billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by 2030 — a number equivalent to the annual emissions from Germany, the world’s fourth largest economy.
Smithfield: ambitious targets in the protein industry
EDF advises Smithfield Foods in setting an absolute greenhouse gas reduction goal, a first for a global protein producer. By reducing emissions 25 percent by 2025, Smithfield will avoid more than four million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution
Competitors collaborate on sustainability metrics
EDF helps launch the Beauty and Personal Care Leadership Group — CVS, Sephora, Target, Walgreens/Boots Alliance, and Walmart — to collaborate on a common set of sustainability metrics for the industry. Seeing growing industry momentum, Amazon and Rite Aid join this effort as well
Companies speak out for climate policy leadeship.
The CEO Climate Dialogue launched, leading businesses and NGOs working together to advance federal climate policy.
High tech solutions for cleaner air
EDF designs and pilots air monitoring system enabling data-driven solutions for climate and clean air.
Laying the foundation for tackling methane
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative agreeing to a global methane target in line with EDF recommendations is announced.
Climate Corps continues to grow in scale and scope.
The Climate Corps program exceeds 1,000 fellows placed in over 750 organizations to date, as alumn fellows climb the ranks of corporate sustainability.
A framework for Climate Policy Leadership
EDF and ten other NGOs release the AAA leadership framework for climate policy advocacy
Walmart: measuring a chemical footprint
EDF works with Walmart to launch the Supplier Chemical Footprinting Program, which asks top suppliers in the consumables space to measure, reduce, and report their own chemical footprint to support Walmart’s 10% chemical footprint reduction goal
Making babyfood free of toxic chemicals
EDF and Cornell University help launch the Baby Food Council, with a goal to reduce heavy metal contamination in baby food products to as low as reasonably achievable, using best-in-class management practices.