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Vote For ClimateCare in the Carbon Market Survey 2016!

Last week we announced some impressive figures about the positive impacts ClimateCare and our partners have delivered for people and the climate, as we move towards our 2020 targets.

Our work to date has cut 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and improved the lives of 16.5 million people. But, what’s more important is the story behind these statistics. Our Climate+Care programmes deliver real positive impacts for individual people – families that now have safe water or reliable power for the first time.

We are immensely proud of all that we are achieving together, but there is so much more to do.

One simple way that you can help is to vote for ClimateCare in the Environmental Finance Carbon Market rankings. It will only take a minute of your time, but winning awards like this can have a huge impact. It encourages other organisations to partner with us, allowing  us to scale our work and deliver against our 2020 targets.

The Environmental finance Voluntary Carbon Market Ranking is now open, so please take a moment to vote ClimateCare Best Carbon Offset Retailer and Best Project Developer on the Environmental Finance Website.

ClimateCare seeks Business Development Manager in Oxford

Title: Business Development Manager

Location: Oxford, UK

Type: Full-time


About Us

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation.

From offices in the UK and Africa we work with businesses, governments and civil society to deliver integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve lives.

Our unique combination of project development experience and financial expertise is built over 19 years and coupled with a focus on delivering robust, measurable results.

To date, we have deployed over $100 million to deliver social and environmental impacts. We’ve already improved the lives of over 6 million people, reduced 16.5 million tonnes of CO2, and set an ambitious vision for 2020.

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About The Role

We are looking for an experienced business development professional to identify and secure new clients and partners from within the corporate sector.

Reporting to the UK Country Head and Managing Director, this position requires a strategic, highly organised new business developer who can work through the full sales cycle:  identifying key target sectors and segments; working with our marketing team to formulate an integrated, targeted marketing plan; identifying prospects with a high propensity to purchase; building relationships with key decision makers; closing sales and securing new contracts and revenues.

This is a role for a team player who is also self-motivated, focused and able to deliver.


The Candidate

Attention to detail, multi-tasking ability and superb interpersonal communication skills are essential. To be successful in this role you will be a polished, well presented individual with excellent business acumen who takes an analytical approach to sales/business development and thrives on developing strong long-term relationships with potential clients.

The ideal candidate must be multi-skilled and well balanced and possess all of the classic attributes of an autonomous sales representative.

In addition, an educational background and experience in corporate sustainability, environment or international development would be preferable

The candidate loves the challenge of seeking out and nurturing new business opportunities through to growing a client base. In return for your ambition to succeed, drive to achieve revenue targets and committed work ethic, you will have the opportunity to make your mark in driving our company through its growth targets, and to help fulfil our mission to ‘build better futures for millions of people by harnessing the potential of private finance’.



  • Implement existing plans and develop new strategies to identify, analyse and capture new business for ClimateCare with emphasis on corporate clients, and in tandem with international offices
  • Ensure that current lead generation activities and tools (e.g. Marketing, PR campaigns, online analytics) are fully exploited and opportunities maximised.
  • Identify, analyse, prioritise and recommend new opportunities, market segments, and partnerships.
  • Negotiate and close contracts, transition new accounts to the Client Management team.
  • Perform market/competitive analyses; develop programme plans including revenue, sales targets and ROI based approaches.
  • Work with the wider team to develop the product and service suite to meet the changing needs of corporate clients.
  • Ensure company growth objectives and financial targets are achieved.


Selection Criteria For The Candidate

  • Outstanding communication, negotiation and networking skills which allow you to build positive relationships and influence prospects, clients and stakeholders.
  • Track record of working with large businesses and multi-national organizations.
  • Successful new business development background coupled with a solid understanding of business processes.
  • Proven ability to build and develop professional business relationships at a senior level
  • Exceptional customer focused commitment.
  • The ability to identify short & long term prospect needs and translate these into revenue opportunities.
  • A high level of IT fluency
  • A proactive, enthusiastic approach and flexible multi-tasker
  • A solid understanding of business processes and analytical and systematic approach
  • Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.
  • Performance traits of initiative, a sense of urgency, follow through skills, independent problem identification and solution pursuit
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Knowledge and experience in climate change and development and close personal alignment with ClimateCare’s mission.
  • Fluency in English with additional language skills preferable


To Apply

Share our passion and think you’re the perfect addition to our team? Send us your CV and a one-page covering letter explaining why you want to join us and why you’re the perfect fit for this role to We look forward to hearing from you!

ClimateCare is hiring a Portfolio Manager for our Oxford Office

Location: Oxford, UK

Salary: Competitive – dependent on experience

Hours: Full time


About Us

ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation.

From offices in the UK and Africa we work with businesses, governments and civil society to deliver integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve lives.

Our unique combination of project development experience and financial expertise is built over 19 years and coupled with a focus on delivering robust, measurable results.

To date, we have deployed over $100 million to deliver social and environmental impacts. We’ve already improved the lives of over 6 million people, reduced 16.5 million tonnes of CO2, and set an ambitious vision for 2020.

Find out more at


Carbon Portfolio Management

A core part of many successful companies’ sustainability strategy continues to be the reduction of carbon emissions and also further voluntary investment into carbon reducing projects elsewhere to compensate for their emissions. ClimateCare manages this funding process, helping businesses finance a wide array of low carbon projects in the developing world.

Our clients have diverse and specific preferences for the low carbon projects in which they invest or support, typically investing in several projects, building a portfolio. In order to ensure ClimateCare can always meet and exceed its clients’ carbon offset requirements, the Voluntary Portfolio Manager must always have access to new projects and programmes to match up to client requirements, and manage the flow of funds to those projects via the purchase of voluntary carbon credits. The Portfolio Manager position is a pivotal role, sitting in between the projects and carbon supply market and business clients.


The Role

A rare opportunity has arisen for an outstanding individual in ClimateCare’s Portfolio Team:

Commercially minded yet analytical, the Portfolio Manager will have responsibility to construct and tailor bespoke voluntary carbon portfolios for new and existing clients, develop wholesale prospects and manage all buying activities end to end from price negotiation through to delivery. The role will require development of a broad understanding of the voluntary carbon market, active and focused engagement with the supplier network and application of the knowledge gained to ensure ClimateCare can always provide the best portfolios to our clients and prospects in the short and longer term. The right individual will think laterally and proactively to capitalise on opportunities, and always be looking ahead as the market evolves.

This is a full time, permanent position, working alongside two part time portfolio team members.

Position title will be dependent on candidate’s experience.


Key Responsibilities

Control the supply of carbon project credits

  • Build and maintain good relationships with key existing and new suppliers/project developers
  • Develop an excellent knowledge of current voluntary carbon credit market pricing and supply availability
  • Constantly seek new partnership or transactional opportunities to secure supply of the right project credits over the longer term

Generate wholesale transactions

  • Build and maintain relationships with wholesale market buyers
  • Identify and pursue new wholesale opportunities, thinking creatively to structure deals

Create new portfolios for prospects and existing clients

  • Work closely with account management and business development to identify exact client carbon project requirements strategically managing specific requirements with long term goals of their portfolios
  • Source projects from existing ClimateCare partnerships and the wider market
  • Make pricing decisions, calling upon knowledge of the client, supplier and supply conditions, market trends and commercial requirements
  • Obtain and maintain all project information required by the wider teams

Trade and transact project credits

  • Strong negotiation, drawing on market knowledge, to secure the best pricing
  • Compilation and oversight of contractual and trade documentation with keen attention to detail
  • Maintain internal trade booking system and ClimateCare’s external carbon registry accounts

Act as a knowledge hub

  • Build a good knowledge of the existing VER portfolio and individual projects
  • Manage substantial flow of project information, acting as knowledge hub on voluntary projects, the market and VER standard and registry developments
  • Where required, attend client and prospect meetings acting as portfolio & project expert


About You

  • Commercial or business background
  • Proactive approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with capacity to work well as a team and interact with senior management
  • Ability to manage a high work load effectively and independently
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Numerate with good working excel skills


  • Good understanding of the environmental space, in particular voluntary carbon markets


To Apply

Share our passion and think you’re the perfect addition to our team? Send us your CV and a one-page covering letter explaining why you want to join us and why you’re the perfect fit for this role to We look forward to hearing from you!

Helping families lead healthy lives

Today is World Health Day and helping families lead healthy lives is front of mind. ClimateCare’s Stella Bell explains how the environment impacts our health and how clean cookstoves provide an immediate opportunity to save lives and tackle climate change.



Last year saw the release of the much referenced Lancet report Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health. Published prior to COP 21 in Paris, the report considered the impacts of climate change on public health and estimates that cutting carbon emissions could reduce 500,000 premature deaths a year from air pollution by 2030. The report concludes that taking action to tackle climate change presents the greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in the 21st Century.

Then, last month, the World Health Organisation published its second report into “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks”. A decade on from the original study, this report attributes 12.6 million deaths every year to the fact that people are living and working in unhealthy environments. It also estimates that 8.2 million of these deaths are attributable to Air Pollution – making this the single greatest environmental health risk on earth.

“There’s an urgent need for investment in strategies to reduce environmental risks in our cities, homes and workplaces”, says Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Such investments can significantly reduce the rising worldwide burden of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, injuries, and cancers, and lead to immediate savings in healthcare costs.”

The UN’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves highlight that nearly half these deaths are due to cooking with solid fuels. Cooking on inefficient stoves that burn charcoal, wood or kerosene, releases toxic substances and is recognised as one of the most important environmental risk factors for ill health in developing countries, leading to 4 million deaths and 110 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) world-wide every year.

At ClimateCare we see the immediate impact that simple solutions such as the provision of clean cookers, safe water filters and solar lighting can have for families, by reducing Indoor Air Pollution. To date we have provided 2 million families with cleaner, safer methods of cooking that reduce toxic fumes and save them on average $68 every year on fuel bills. These more efficient stoves also reduce demand for wood and charcoal – protecting precious forests – and cut millions of tonnes of CO2, helping to tackle climate change.

ClimateCare is currently carrying out an Indoor Air Quality and Black Carbon Study for DFID to look in more detail at the health impacts associated with use of clean cooking solutions and we hope to be able to share the results later this year.

There are opportunities for everyone to support the provision of clean cookstoves – whether you offset carbon emissions through our online calculator, or fund a whole new project – you can make a difference to someone’s life today.

Check out and share this new infographic, designed to explain why Cooking Shouldn’t Kill and what you can do about it.



Stella helps our clients to manage their environmental impacts, advising on actions to measure, report and reduce. She devises and oversees Climate+Care programmes to cut carbon and improve lives, ensuring these deliver against our clients targets.



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From Board Room to Bungoma: Changing Lives Through Smart Technology

Nigel Clarke, Operations Director At Jaguar Land Rover, Sub-Saharan Africa, explains how getting hands on with a CSR project made him appreciate how smart technology can truly change lives


This autumn, I had the privilege of taking part in the launch of a new smart technology project Jaguar Land Rover is supporting in western Kenya. The project is part of an integrated Climate+Care programme, which uses smart technology to deliver measurable social and environmental impacts around the world.

Innovation and new technologies are core to our business. They  drive product development and environmental innovation, as we strive to reduce the impact of our global operations and our vehicles. We’re also investing in smart technology to improve the lives for people in the communities we operate in through our Global CSR Programme. We have an ambitious target to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020.

It all makes sense in theory, but as I headed out of the board room and into Bungoma County, to help ClimateCare put our new LifeStraw Safe Water for Schools project into action, I wasn’t expecting the experience to make such an impact on me, or my colleagues.

It was 7am on a Monday morning when I joined a team of Jaguar Land Rover employees, selected from across our business, to meet our ClimateCare partners and head off to our first school. There was no special treatment – we were there to do a job. That job was to kick-start the distribution of award-winning LifeStraw water purification technology to schools across the region.

Our investment in this smart technology will provide over 300,000 school children in western Kenya with access to safe water in school for the first time – reducing their risk of contracting water-borne diseases including typhoid and cholera and giving them the opportunity for a better education and opportunity to learn and excel at school.

The programme is impressive. The LifeStraw technology, manufactured by Vestergaard,  is simple to use and doesn’t require any power or chemicals. Its provision is accompanied by an ongoing education, monitoring and measurement programme to ensure the purifiers are well-maintained and appropriately used.

Our expert programme partners, ClimateCare did a great job creating a robust programme which aligns with our corporate responsibility objectives and commitment to innovation and technology. Not only that, but the hands-on experience they organised for our employees who joined distribution teams for a week has created and inspired a new, motivated group of sustainability ambassadors from across our business.

Team Leader Chris Harris of Jaguar Land Rover installs one of the first LifeStraw Community water purifiers for pupils at the Visionary Academy, Bungoma County.

Team Leader Chris Harris of Jaguar Land Rover installs one of the first LifeStraw Community water purifiers for pupils at the Visionary Academy, Bungoma County.

At Visionary Academy, I met Vivienne Wafula, a nine year old girl in class four. Vivienne was sick with typhoid just the previous year and had to miss a week of lessons. Now her school has LifeStraw Community water purifiers, meaning she and her fellow pupils have access to safe water at school.  Speaking to Vivienne was inspiring – she plans to study hard, pass her exams and go to University to pursue a career in nursing. Vivienne was just one of the many ambitious pupils that we met during our trip.

Vivienne Warfula, 9 years old, who attends the Visionary Academy in Bungoma County. Photo credit: Kate Holt.

Vivienne Warfula, 9 years old, who attends the Visionary Academy in Bungoma County. Photo credit: Kate Holt.

I really enjoyed talking to the pupils at the schools, enjoying a glass of safe water with them and seeing our Jaguar Land Rover volunteers in action, distributing the technology and training teachers and children in its use. This brought home the real impact this programme will have, creating opportunities for a whole generation of school-children in Bungoma.

Sharing a glass of safe water with a pupil at the Visionary Academy, Bungoma County.

Sharing a glass of safe water with a pupil at the Visionary Academy, Bungoma County.

From a business perspective this project is delivering even more. Yes, we are helping to meet our CSR targets, but we are also empowering the people our business will rely on in the future and in doing so, helping build stronger communities. The eager, motivated children we met may well become our future customers and employees.

And getting hands on with the project is bringing out the best in our people. It’s brought colleagues together from different sites, disciplines and countries to work together. It’s helped focus them on the core priorities and values that drive our businesses and how we operate. It’s given them the opportunity to do something meaningful, to experience something extraordinary, and to take that learning and pride back to the business and inspire their peers.

The team that took part in the project launch, myself included, are now back at our day jobs, but it’s no longer business as usual. We’ve fostered a team of pro-active advocates that are already driving change across the business, identifying ways we can do business differently to create positive impacts around the world.

In a large global business like ours, there’s no substitute for bringing people together for this kind of shared experience. As it says on our team T-shirts: Smart technology changes lives – we just didn’t realise how much it would change our own.


This article was originally published on Triple Pundit on World Water Day

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Celebrating some of the inspiring women who make our programmes happen

#GirlPower Website 2

Today is International Women’s Day. Across the world individuals and organisations are calling for gender parity, and sharing inspiring stories of women and girls who are driving change.

The Climate+Care programmes we deliver with corporate and government partners improve health, fight poverty, reduce deforestation and help to tackle climate change. To be successful they rely on inspirational women, who are improving life for their whole community.

Here are just some of the amazing women and girls we are proud to work with.


Margaret – LifeStraw District Co-ordinator

Saving lives with safe water #GirlPower #IWD2016

Saving lives with safe water #GirlPower #IWD2016

When the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project began in Western Kenya, back in 2011, no one knew about the need to filter water to make it safe to drink. Margaret worked tirelessly to raise awareness and educate families across Bunyala district in the importance of using their new LifeStraw Water Filters.

At one point, over 2000 people were marooned at a primary school for nearly 3 weeks, during one of the worst floods the area has ever experienced. Margaret worked with a team of volunteers to get LifeStraw filters out to the school, where their use avoided outbreaks of cholera and typhoid so commonly associated with these conditions. Margaret now juggles a busy family life with managing a team of 66 volunteers.



Auntie Vic – Gyapa Cookstove Retailer

Saving families millions of dollars in fuel bills #GirlPower #IWD2016

Saving families millions of dollars in fuel bills
#GirlPower #IWD2016

Auntie Vic has been selling efficient Gyapa cookstoves for over a decade. The stoves are locally manufactured and use half the fuel of traditional stoves – saving families money, reducing indoor air pollution and cutting carbon emissions.

She runs her cookstove outlet at Domie, in the north-west of Accra and receives her supplies regularly from Peter Atta, a long term manufacturer of Gyapa stoves.

Gyapa makes good business. It has high referral rates. Most people within the area who need Gyapa are directed to my stall. I used to be called the Gyapa Woman!”



Sharon – Head Girl… Future Doctor


Training to be a doctor #GirlPower #IWD2016

Sharon is Head Girl at the Exodus Academy. She was excited to be selected as a LifeStraw prefect, responsible for making sure her school’s community water filters are filled and cleaned each day.

“My favourite subjects at school are science, maths and languages. I want to become a doctor as since I was young, I’ve seen many friends and family get sick and want to be able to treat others and help them regain their health. After school, I’d like to go to university so will spend the next 8 years studying so I can achieve my dream of being a doctor.”

Outside school, Sharon loves to run and is inspired by famous Kenyan runners.



Nisso – Business woman


Growing her bakery business #GirlPower #IWD2016

No celebration is complete without cakes and cookies, but 4 years ago, in rural Tajikistan, Nisso Atobekova had to be up at midnight to start baking – the only time she could be sure the power would be on. Now thanks to the Pamir Hydro Project she has access to reliable energy 24 hours a day. As a result she’s been able to grow her baking business and now employs 6 people, with plans to expand further.

“Before we couldn’t take a lot of orders in the winter. Now we can always take orders and we always have products available.”



Winnie – Saving fuel and cutting CO2

Saving fuel and our environment #GirlPower #IWD2016

Saving fuel and our environment #GirlPower #IWD2016

Winnie Wanjiku was one of the first people to receive an improved Charcoal Cookstove through a ClimateCare Project in Kenya that is financed by UK Aid.

“I am so happy about the stove because it burns cleanly. Before I got this stove, I used to use four 20-litre containers of charcoal, but nowadays, I only use two. I use the savings from fuel to do other projects. The stove also cooks very fast.  What I would like to tell those who do not have the stove is that they should get it because it is the best.”




To find out how creating opportunities for women helps to build stronger economies, achieve development goals, and improve the quality of life for whole communities, read our blog: Why women?

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Join The ClimateCare Team – Account Director Sought in Oxford Office

Account Director (Client Services)

Location: Oxford, UK

Full time, permanent

Salary: £40-45k depending on experience

Reports to: Head of Partnerships with a dotted line into our Director of Marketing


An exciting, high profile opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading businesses, delivering pioneering sustainability programmes that protect the environment, improve lives and deliver real business value for our clients.


ClimateCare, Oxford,

UK ClimateCare is a certified B-Corporation. From offices in the UK and Africa we work with hundreds of organisations to deliver integrated Climate+Care programmes which protect the environment and improve lives. To date we’ve improved life for over 6 million people whilst cutting 16.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. And we’ve set ourselves the ambitious target to improve a further 20 million lives around the world and to cut a further 20 million tonnes of CO2 – all by 2020. We’ll do that by working with leading organisations who share our vision, values and determination to achieve sustainable development for all.

Our team of experts deliver:

  • Corporate CSR programmes – which deliver multiple environmental and sustainable development outcomes alongside business value
  • Project development – establishing new sustainable development projects which tackle climate change and improve lives, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
  • Carbon reduction and offsetting
  • Robust impact measurement – reporting impacts and value delivered to our corporate partners.
  • Bespoke communications support – enabling our clients to tell their sustainability story and the impact of their work with us
  • Employee engagement – creating bespoke programmes to effectively engage our partner’s employees in corporate sustainability

To build on our success and help us drive forward our ambitious plans, we are now seeking a talented, influential Account Director with outstanding communications skills and a track record of successfully delivering and growing client accounts, to join our Oxford team.


The Account Director will:

Take Responsibility

  • Take overall responsibility for the successful management and development of their clients
  • Act as a respected and trusted strategic advisor to clients
  • Plan resourcing across the business to deliver requirements
  • Manage a client services team, developing their skills and experience and ensuring all clients are provided with a consistently high standard of service

Project manage delivery

  • Ensure all work developed and presented is on brief and in keeping with the client’s objectives
  • Make sure all projects are managed effectively by the wider team and delivered on time and on budget, and communicate any changes that may occur affecting delivery
  • Provide accurate financial forecasts
  • Manage all necessary administrative paperwork including status reports, contact reports and invoicing.

Develop new business

  • Prepare a clear annual plan for the development of key accounts to achieve agreed financial targets
  • Pro-actively develop ideas and proposals to drive the clients’ business forward and develop new business – drawing on the wider team as required
  • Work with our business development team to input into proposals and ensure smooth transfer of new business opportunities

About you

To be a success in this role you need to be ready to hit the ground running. You’ll need exceptional communications and influencing skills, with the ability to quickly and effectively build relationships across an organisation.

Working to support both our Head of Partnerships and Director of Marketing and Communications, you’ll take responsibility for ensuring delivery across our main client accounts – coordinating colleagues to oversee corporate sustainability programmes for our corporate clients, and helping them communicate their programmes to staff and external stakeholders.

As well as being a compelling influencer and exceptional project manager, as part of a small team you’ll be happy to roll up your sleeves and get involved with delivery. You’ll have direct experience in demonstrating and reporting value and impacts to corporate partners and in delivering communications to clients to demonstrate the value of their engagement with us.

Motivated and proactive, you’ll be competent in managing your time and able to juggle multiple projects and priorities. And you’ll be able to successfully balance effectively delivery whilst being able to see the ‘bigger picture’ and overarching strategy too.

Like us, you’ll have a passion for what we do, will share our vision and values and will thrive on the opportunity to successfully expand our existing corporate partnerships to help us achieve our 2020 targets.

As such, you’ll have a proven track record of successfully securing, maintaining and growing client accounts and be highly capable when it comes to crafting proposals and pitching to secure further business.

You’ll need to occasionally work unsocial hours and be prepared to travel within the UK. Occasional travel outside the UK to our international projects – for example to lead an employee engagement programme or facilitate a project visit – may also be required.


In summary, you’ll have:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in an Account Director or senior account management role.
  • Experience working with clients to develop and implement internal and external communications plans
  • Strong influencing and communications skills
  • Excellent relationship building and relationship management skills
  • A proven track record in successfully managing and expanding client accounts
  • Experience of managing multiple client accounts simultaneously – coordinating colleagues and ensuring delivery against agreed client activity plans
  • Significant project management experience
  • A passion for tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development and a personal commitment to our vision and values.

We particularly welcome applicants with:

  • Experience gained in a fast-paced consultancy or communications agency
  • A background in sustainability, international development or corporate social responsibility. A relevant degree or professional qualification is preferred, but not essential.
  • Experience of managing and mentoring a team


Share our passion and think you’re the perfect addition to our team? Send us your CV and a one-page covering letter explaining why you want to join us and why you’re the perfect fit for this role to 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Why We Need Jobs, For Life

ClimateCare’s Robert Stevens considers the critical role that meaningful employment plays in improving life for communities in the developing world – tackling poverty, improving health and creating new opportunities.



Almost 200 million people are currently unemployed across the world. And, according to the World Bank, an extra 600 million jobs must be created by the end of the decade – mainly in Africa and Asia – just to accommodate young people entering the workforce.

Jobs do much more than provide income. They allow families better access to amenities like safe water and reliable energy, which in turn free up time and money and improve health and education. In a virtuous circle this leads to a new generation of skilled, educated and aspirational young people, equipped to take advantage of new opportunities. So, creating sustainable jobs can go on to change life for entire communities and, on a larger scale, underpin social cohesion across countries and regions. This make investment in sustainable job creation a cost effective way to deliver long term, positive development impact.

With 9 out of 10 jobs in developing countries currently provided by the private sector, it is clear that the global business community has a major role in providing these jobs – and in reaching SDG8 of  ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth for all’. At ClimateCare, we recognise this and work with both international corporate partners and local businesses and entrepreneurs across Africa and Asia to both reduce the barriers to employment and directly create job opportunities in low-income communities.



And there are business benefits from investing in job creation too.

Raising the standard of employment within your supply chain and creating meaningful employment in communities where your businesses operates, makes business sense. It can increase productivity, secure longer term supply of your raw materials, improve government and local relations, build brand value and aid your recruitment and retention of the best team members.

In the long term, sustainable employment programmes also support business growth. Developing skills now, can be an investment in your future workforce, making future growth easier and investing in emerging markets could even stimulate new demand for products and services.

So, if you want to invest in projects that create employment, what types of activities should you think about?

In addition to programmes that create jobs directly, if you want to drive change at scale you should consider projects that tackle some of the key barriers to employment, such as access to power. In one study, the World Bank estimates that providing access to power across India would multiply job creation by almost 40:1. Reliable energy particularly helps rural women gain employment, by freeing up time and money for education and income generating activities.

Another way to positively impact employment prospects is to support access to basic services like safe water and clean cooking solutions, By reducing exposure to indoor air pollution and waterborne disease these interventions improve health and opportunity to work. These programmes also reduce the time spent collecting fuel and water – freeing it up for income generating activities and  help children spend more time in school – increasing skill levels.


Case studies

As an organisation specialising in using market solutions to drive sustainable development, ClimateCare has a long history of helping business and government tackle barriers to work and create sustainable employment.




We deliver projects for companies who want to invest in their supply chains, improving working conditions through the provision of life changing products. For example, our work providing clean cookstoves to agriculatural workers is improving their health and saving each family £125 every year on fuel bills – the equivalent of 2 month’s salary for the average farm worker – money that is then available to spend on health and education. And the business benefits from a healthier, happier workforce, without which no supply chain is resilient.




We use innovative financial models, like our award winning Revolving Fund, to create new markets for life changing products, bringing long term employment opportunities and positive impacts – for example we are working with DFID to create a new market for clean burning ethanol fuel and cookers in Nairobi, that eliminate harmful indoor air pollution.




We work with partners to scale up impact. For example, we work with NGO Relief International to support entrepreneurs in Ghana, helping to provide the right training, tools and finance to scale up their manufacture and increase sales of quality Gyapa cookstoves. This provides employment to 350 manufacturers and supports a network of 500 retailers who benefit from selling the Gyapa stove.




And we help companies invest directly in projects that improve opportunities to work by providing missing infrastructure like solar energy or safe water. For example, our work with Jaguar Land Rover that is providing 300,000 school children in Bungoma, Kenya with safe water at school, enhancing their prospects of a good education and likelihood of employment whilst employing local members of the community to deliver the programme too


For cost effective ways to create jobs, enhance employment opportunities and improve life in the developing world contact Robert Stevens on +44(0)1865 591000 or email



Robert Stevens is ClimateCare’s Head of Partnerships and oversees our client relationship team from the UK office in Oxford. He also manages our bespoke services team developing tailored sustainability programmes for businesses and orchestrating public/private partnerships to increase impact.

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ClimateCare helps JLR create CSR ambassadors: Alex Pearson, Product Attribute Team Leader

Alex Pearson, who lives in Warwick, 29, manages a team responsible for driving environmental innovation at Jaguar Land Rover, working collaboratively across the business to enhance the environmental performance of the company’s vehicles.  A product design and manufacturing engineer by training, Alex has a master’s in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

“Being selected to join the safe water to schools programme was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me – not only had I never been to Africa, but having worked in the field of sustainability for a number of years, I’ve always felt that companies should act responsibly and invest in the global communities in which they operate. For me, it was critically important to see the impact our investment was delivering and understand how the programme would be managed to deliver sustained impacts for those communities in Kenya that we’d be supporting”.

“After rigorous training with our partners ClimateCare and Vestergaard, we spent an intensive week working side by side with the project team, delivering smart LifeStraw water purifiers to schools across Bungoma – and I was struck by the rigour and the impact of the programme.

“During our time at the schools, in addition to setting up and training people in how to use the filters, we were involved in what will be an ongoing education programme about the importance of safe water. We interviewed head teachers and pupils and used smartphones to collect school data and to register each water purifier, so they can be tracked over time.  The barcodes on each unit means they are fully traceable and the schools are visited every term for a check-up to ensure the technology is being used properly and remains in full working order. That ongoing relationship with each school is important when you’re talking about changing behaviours and encouraging children to filter water so it is safe to drink”.

“Not only did we have the opportunity to see the impact of this programme on the lives of the children in Bungoma, but as importantly this was an opportunity to build new skills and establish relationships with colleagues across Jaguar Land Rover. Our hands-on role means we’ve all established a much stronger connection with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and a much deeper understanding of the value acting responsibly to our company and to the communities we work with. It was truly inspiring to see how a team of over 70 people from different backgrounds and with different skills came together so quickly and effectively to achieve a shared common goal. That collaborative approach and focus on achieving common goals is something I’ve taken back to my own job and the team I lead”.

“Now I’m back in the day job, it’s renewed my focus on driving forward environmental innovation and supporting smart technologies to maximise our own sustainability performance.  I’ve shared my experience through company-wide Town Hall presentations and regularly at team meetings. I talk to colleagues about my direct experience, to help them understand why acting as a responsible business is so important and why they too should get involved!”

“Working in a big business means it can sometimes be difficult to see the impact you’re having at work, but through this programme, we directly saw the positive impacts we were creating – both on a personal level and as a company. At times of financial difficulty, CSR is often the first thing to come under scrutiny in many businesses – but this experience made me realise just how important and impactful these CSR investments are –  for our business and our employees, and for the communities we’re supporting too”.

“Ultimately, I want to work for a company that cares not only about its own growth and development, but also understands that to continue to grow it must help the global communities in which it operates to grow and develop sustainably as well. I’m not alone in that; that’s an expectation shared with colleagues and our customers too. I feel that acting responsibly is central to our success as a global business and I’m proud to be part of that”.

ClimateCare helps JLR create CSR ambassadors: Chris Harris, Maintenance Planning Engineer

Chris Harris, 35, has worked for Jaguar Land Rover for 19 years and oversees planned maintenance activities and refurbishment projects at the company’s Solihull plant.  Chris is also scheduled to graduate from Coventry University this autumn with a BSc with Honours in Engineering, which he is completing as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s sponsored degree programme.

“I didn’t know much about the project or Jaguar Land Rover’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme before I got involved in this opportunity. I’d been involved in community outreach work before in Solihull, but this was an opportunity on a very different scale. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it turned out to be a fantastic and very humbling experience and it has changed the way I think about water resources and what else we can do as a responsible business”.  

“On arriving in Bungoma and visiting our first schools, it became clear to me there wasn’t a shortage of water in the area, it just wasn’t available from safe drinking sources. Seeing the children collect water from the local rivers or from unprotected boreholes brought home to me that there was a great need for access to safe water. After installing the LifeStraw Community water purifiers and seeing the children enjoying their first glass of safe water, it brought into clear focus for me the impact that we can have as a responsible business through supporting smart technology projects like this”.

“This experience has raised my awareness not only of the importance of clean, safe water but the importance of sanitation training and access to education too. This experience has really opened my eyes to what our company can do to help others around the world and has shown me the impact we’re delivering with our partners first-hand”.

“It’s inspired me to look at what else we can do as a business and to champion our environmental innovation work. Since returning from Bungoma, I’ve been reviewing our water usage at our Solihull plant and am getting involved in our Water Focus group too. I’ve presented to over one thousand people at Town Hall meetings and corporate inductions to share the impact of the programme, to help my colleagues understand the value of what we’re doing.

As a growing business, we have a responsibility to invest in and help communities –in countries where we work now and those emerging markets where we may grow in the future. I can see how our target to create new opportunities for  12 million people by 2020 makes sense for our business and now, after this visit, I can see how, through our Global CSR programme, it is highly achievable. I’m hugely proud to be a part of it and it’s great to see we’re leaving a legacy by helping children grow and develop at school and not get sick from drinking dirty water”.