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CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES 3 YEARS ON: INTERVIEW WITH CLIMATECARE’S KOMAL SINHA ON CSR TRENDS IN INDIA

Komal Sinha shares her insight into how the mandate is performing, the challenges it has created for corporates, and how they should respond.

Komal Sinha, Head of Partnerships, ClimateCare India
Contact Komal directly:
Email:: komal.sinha@climarecare.org
Phone: +91 9703302525

3 years into CSR compliance under the Companies Act 2013, how has it performed?

The Act is really starting to have an effect on Indian companies’ commitment to CSR. In the past year alone, a recent report  indicated a 25% growth in expenditure on CSR by the top 100 listed firms[1]. However, to meet the Indian government’s desired social change targets, there is still work to be done.

What are the key challenges companies have been facing when implementing CSR programmes?

One of the biggest challenges for corporates has been finding the right trusted implementation partner, to effectively deploy funds address the root of the problem for target communities and effectively measure project impacts.  Today 62% of businesses are working with an implementation agency to spend their CSR budget[2]. There are over 100,000 implementation agencies in India, but only a few of these have the relevant experience – so it is hardly surprising therefore, that selecting a credible and experienced partner to implement a programme from end to end which  aligns with your  business strategy has been a daunting task.

How should a company identify the best project and area for their business?

A good project is scalable, sustainable in long term and addresses the needs of the communities on ground. To ensure these three objectives are met, a corporate should focus on the following:

  • Identify programme impacts that resonate with the corporate’s own business objectives.
  • Identify the right partners that have expertise in setting up projects to deliver stated impacts
  • Identify the needs of the target communities, ideally through a partner, before rolling out a programme to ensure that the end users are benefitted through the programme.

What should companies look for when  selecting the right partner?

In my opinion the critical factors to consider when finding a good partner are:

  1. Credibility in terms of expertise in implementing long term, end to end programmes with systems in place for impact assessment as well as the connection with the communities on ground. Many corporates have come to ClimateCare because of our extensive experience and ability to implement scalable and sustainable programmes from end to end that maximize social and environmental return on investment.
  2. Capability to implement a programme starting with a needs assessment of the target community, baseline assessment, deployment of financial models that are scalable and sustainable, period review, monitoring and controls with the knowledge and ability to apply globally approved benchmarks for measuring and reporting impacts and social return on investment. This is the approach ClimateCare applies to every programme we implement.

What are the current CSR trends and have you seen any noticeable changes?

Our experience with programmes and partners on ground, as well as recent reports[1] suggest the most noteworthy trends and changes to be:

  1. Education and skill development continue to attract the most CSR spend followed by poverty alleviation, water, health and sanitation and environment sustainability.
  2. There is a skewed geographic distribution of spend – understandably companies want to support projects in their neighbouring areas. However, this is a missed opportunity, as widening the geographical range to where there is significantly greater need for social investment can make much greater impact.
  3. Largest CSR spenders continue to be banking and financial services, IT/ITES, Energy, metal and mining sectors.

Are companies measuring and reporting the impacts from their programmes?

We are seeing more companies placing emphasis on impact assessment as opposed to only compliance and implement, but there are still gaps in the robustness and value of the assessment measurements taken. Companies are still focused on reporting “outputs”, for example, number of schools provided with safe water. A much more valuable measurement is the long-term effectiveness of a project.

An example would be ClimateCare’s Safe Water for Schools programme where we not only measure the number of schools provided with drinking water, but go a step further to report the lives improved from the programme – by the litres of safe water provided, increased awareness amongst students of safe water practices and improved health, leading to improved attendance in schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would your advice be to corporates?

  1. Take a strategic approach and make CSR add value to your business – CSR spend presents an opportunity to add value to your business while addressing critical social problems. For example, a beverage company, working with tea growers in its own supply chain, could provide access to clean cooking and off-grid energy solutions, improving the household income, health and access to education for the farmers and their families and building resilience in the company’s critical supply chain.
  2. Find the right partner – Due diligence should focus not just on an implementation partner’s credibility but also their competency and expertise in implementing a programme that is scalable, measurable and has a strong community connection.
  3. Consider impact assessment a game changer for CSR – I believe companies will soon realise that a programme cannot be successful unless impacts on the ground are measured effectively.
  4. Treat the CSR mandate as a guide not a rule set in stone – Moving away from only compliance to investing in projects that bring real self-sustaining impacts for communities,  allowing programmes to continue after the corporate support ends.

Get in touch to see how ClimateCare can help you design and implement a robust and measurable CSR programme, that brings value to your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] http://indiacsr.in/top-100-listed-companies-increase-their-csr-spend-by-25-per-cent-iias/

[2]  http://ngobox.org/media/India%20CSR%20Outlook-Private%20Companies%20CSR%20Projects%20Report%202017.pdf

Account Director (Client Services)

Location: Oxford, UK

Full time, permanent

Salary: Dependent on experience

Reports to: Head of Partnerships

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:

Essential:

  • 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 business@climatecare.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

ClimateCare collaborates with Linklaters to help them achieve carbon neutral status and improve 100k lives

Oxford, UK. Climate and sustainable development specialist ClimateCare is pleased to announce they have worked with Linklaters LLP, one of the leading global law firms, to make its global operations carbon neutral in financial year 2016-17.  ClimateCare helped Linklaters to offset its unavoidable emissions by selecting a highly charismatic project to support, which aligns well with the company’s broader corporate responsibility strategy which aims to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Linklaters chose to support one of ClimateCare’s flagship projects – Gyapa Efficient Cookstoves – which brings energy efficient clean cooking technology to low-income households in Ghana. This project was selected because it enables a raft of both carbon and broader sustainable development outcomes. The Gyapa stove cooks food more quickly, requires 50-60% less fuel, cutting carbon emissions and reducing exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, thus improving the health of the cooks, who are typically women and children.  Cutting fuel requirements saves families money and importantly, protects Ghana’s dwindling forests – a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa.

“This collaboration is a great example of how we work with corporates to help them take full responsibility for their impacts, using our Climate+Care approach. The Gyapa project not only generates substantial emission reductions, but also delivers health, economic and social benefits to some of the world’s poorest families”, commented Edward Hanrahan, CEO of ClimateCare. “The specific investment Linklaters has made improves the lives of over 100 thousand people, through improving incomes and bringing significant health benefits”.

Commenting on why Linklaters took the strategic decision to go carbon neutral, Leilani Weier, Senior Manager EHS & Operations said, “In 2015, 191 governments covering 98% of global emissions agreed in Paris to keep global temperature rise below two degrees to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.  Without businesses supporting this global effort, alongside national governments and individuals, this crucial target won’t be achieved. This means every business, no matter what size or shape, has a part to play and Linklaters is no exception.”

Linklaters is offsetting its unavoidable emissions for the last financial year.  However, the company has also been taking steps over the last ten years to measure and reduce its operational emissions. And relative to 2010, achievements include carbon emission reductions from firm-wide electricity use of 36% and business travel by 10%. Nevertheless, operational emissions reductions are becoming harder to achieve, making offsetting the natural next step for the business.

In an earlier survey of Linklaters employees across the world, 86% of respondents said they were in favour of offsetting the firm’s unavoidable emissions.  To launch the carbon neutral strategy internally, ClimateCare attended an informal lunchtime session in the staff restaurant to demonstrate the Gyapa stove, and answer questions from over 300 staff about the project.

The Gyapa Stove Project in Ghana delivers against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get in touch to find out how you can become Climate Neutral with ClimateCare

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIGHTS UP ONE MILLION LIVES IN KENYA

  • Jaguar Land Rover announce ‘Lighting up Lives’ collaboration with sustainability experts ClimateCare to bring safe and clean light to 1.2 million people in East Africa
  • Collaboration commits to empowering communities with affordable technology that changes lives, giving families up to four hours more light each evening and replacing hazardous kerosene fuel
  • Project showcased at Hay Festival this week with immersive storytelling sessions designed for children and their families
  • Festival guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind ‘Night Time Sun’ art installation designed to showcase the power of the sun to transform lives

Hay Festival, UK, 28 May 2017:  Jaguar Land Rover and ClimateCare today announce a partnership to bring clean solar technology to off-grid communities in Kenya. This innovative social impact programme, called ’Lighting up Lives’ supports children like 14-year old Franklin Kishsta, a pupil at Kasooni School, Kalawa, Kenya. Franklin is just one of more than one million people living in isolated or off-grid communities who will benefit from the programme. “I finish all of my homework now” said the boy who dreams of becoming an engineer one day, “before I could not do it at home when it was dark. I know my parents are much happier now, and so am I.”

Using kerosene light creates hazardous indoor pollutants, one of the biggest causes of premature death in Africa. Jaguar Land Rover believes that renewable solar technology offers an affordable alternative. Education improves as children like Franklin can study, read and stay up to play after dark. Women enjoy greater opportunities to work and learn. Living conditions in homes are healthier and safer, and incomes improve.

Helen McLintock, Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This exciting new venture is exactly the type of programme that Jaguar Land Rover wants to lead on in the future. Using technology for good and supporting the power of engineering to improve lives and help to build a cleaner future. Our purpose is to make responsible business relevant to everyone. By sharing our skills, our technology, our people and our passions we can make a difference to people’s lives and prosperity.”

Edward Hanrahan, ClimateCare CEO, said: “We are focused on helping corporates take responsibility for solving key global challenges – through the delivery of integrated sustainability programmes with robust and measurable outcomes that benefit the world’s poorest communities, and deliver against the UN’s Global Goals. We believe businesses have a vital role to play in supporting the Global Goals and Jaguar Land Rover is an excellent example of the contribution corporates can make.”

Lighting up Lives is particularly relevant to Jaguar Land Rover’s own operations and commitment to a zero emissions future. It recently announced a move to 100% renewable electricity for its UK facilities and has installed the UK’s largest rooftop solar array at its Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands. It fits with an ambition to drive sustainable, innovative growth not just for the business but for communities around the world including Kalawa, Kenya.

The Storytelling Nook

At this year’s Hay Festival, Jaguar Land Rover has created the Storytelling Nook – a unique storytelling venue where the company and ClimateCare are running daily immersive sessions for children to learn about Lighting up Lives including video, sound and storytelling from Kenya to show the transformative impact of solar power in rural communities.

Guest storytellers will include:

  • Veronica Lamond, author of illustrated children’s stories about Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers
  • Aunty Kiko, award-winning playwright and Kenyan children’s author
  • Celebrated British polar explorer Ben Saunders who will talk about the importance of solar in his 2013-14 expedition and share a reading of his upcoming Ladybird book, Shackleton
  • Three ‘Science of Solar’ sessions will also be held on Wednesday 31 May. Aimed at children aged eight to 14 the sessions have been designed in collaboration with solar expert Chris Jardine from Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

Lighting up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

When: Every day, Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June 2017 at 10am

Ben Saunders Storytelling – Saturday 27 May 4pm

Lighting up Lives: Science of Solar Workshop

When: Wednesday 31 May, 2017 at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm

Night Time Sun

As a visual celebration of the sun for Hay Festival goers, Jaguar Land Rover has commissioned a unique art installation illustrating the power of the sun to transform lives. ‘Night Time Sun’ is an ambitious installation designed to cast its light over festival-goers as the sun sets each night.

Get in touch for more information about how we can help you implement a sustainability programme which adds value to your business and supports the UN Global Goals.

 

CLIMATECARE EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH BURN IN KENYA TO ISSUE GOLD STANDARD CARBON CREDITS

May 25th, 2017

Oxford, UK.  ClimateCare is pleased to announce it has extended its partnership with stove manufacturer, Burn Manufacturing, to widen access to affordable, energy efficient cooking stoves in Kenya.

The programme uses climate finance to support the manufacture and distribution of Burn’s market leading ‘Jikokoa’ stove, that dramatically reduces charcoal consumption and diminishes the negative environmental and social impacts of cooking.

Household adoption of clean cooking stoves reduces exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, a primary cause of respiratory disease, improving the health of the cooks, typically women and children. The stove’s innovative ‘natural draft’ technology reduces fuel consumption and cooking time by up to 50%, freeing up income which would have otherwise been spent on fuel.

Peter Scott, CEO, at Burn said, “The programme has already supplied over 200,000 clean cooking stoves, impacting the lives of over one million people in Kenya and generating saving of more than 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. A household can save between $150-$250 a year on fuel, which goes a long way in Kenya, especially when considering 42% of our customers exist on less than $2 a day. Additionally, we have created more than 400 jobs, including 125 in our solar powered manufacturing factory – 50% of which are occupied by women.”

Today, 68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel and charcoal also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests. Burn’s fuel efficient cooking stoves, have a key role to play in reducing this impact on the environment.

Carbon reductions under this project have been measured and independently verified by Gold Standard, which have issued a further 150,000 tonnes of VER credits, now available to purchase exclusively through ClimateCare.

Tom Morton, ClimateCare’s Director in Kenya stated, “Biomass, in the form of wood and charcoal, is the largest source of primary energy in Kenya. We are delighted to partner with Burn, whose innovative factory outside Nairobi is making very high quality cookstoves, that are transforming how Kenyans cook. By purchasing Gold Standard credits from this project, companies will not only reduce carbon emissions, they will finance a world-leading community-impact project that delivers against a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: reducing deforestation, tackling fuel poverty and reducing household air pollution.”

The Burn Stove Project in Kenya delivers against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To support the Burn Stove Project or to understand how offsetting can benefit your CSR programme, contact the ClimateCare team today.

CLIMATECARE WINS CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR IN 2017 BETTER SOCIETY AWARDS


May 12, 2017

Oxford, UK. Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare is delighted to announce it has won the Consultancy of the Year in the 2017 Better Society Awards.

Now in their third year, the Better Society Awards, hosted by Better Society Network, are the showcase for excellence that celebrate the efforts that commercial companies make in order to help create a better society.

ClimateCare’s Director of Client Services, Sophie Brooks, collected the award on behalf of the company, at last night’s Better Society Awards Gala, in London.

Brooks commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award, as it recognises the value our Climate+Care sustainability programmes deliver for businesses. We are focused on making the most effective use of our clients’ budget, to deliver programmes with robust and measurable outcomes that generate substantial emission reductions, while delivering health, economic and social benefit to the world’s poorest communities.”

ClimateCare works with corporate and government partners to deliver high quality, integrated sustainability programmes, that deliver against multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enabling them to take responsibility for their environmental and social impacts, whilst delivering value for the organisations involved.

Amongst many programmes ClimateCare delivers in partnership with businesses, the award recognised its pioneering revolving fund model, designed to support low-income households in Sub Saharan Africa to afford life improving products such as clean, energy efficient cookstoves and solar energy systems. ClimateCare’s revolving fund is structured to be recycled, allowing the funds to continue to support further households and communities on an on-going basis – scaling impact and delivering impacts cost-effectively.

Working from offices in the UK, Africa and India, to date ClimateCare has worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 16.5 million people.

For more information about how ClimateCare’s Climate+Care programmes can add value to your business or to find out how you can support our innovation revolving fund, contact us using the form below.

ClimateCare helps SThree to achieve Climate Neutral status

Oxford, UK.  ClimateCare is pleased to announce that it has helped partner SThree, the established STEM industries recruitment specialist, to become a Climate Neutral business for the first time.

SThree has taken their greatest environmental step forward to date, by offsetting their entire carbon footprint through the Panama Wind Project in India. The project provides essential support to India’s emerging renewable energy sector, and brings heath and infrastructure benefits to rural communities.

Marie Broad, Head of CSR at SThree commented, “We are incredibly proud to have become Climate Neutral. We worked with the ClimateCare team to select the Panama Wind project because of the positive impact it brings to the environment and local communities in India”.

Climate action has been part of SThree’s CSR strategy since 2010. During this time, in collaboration with ClimateCare, SThree have supported projects around the world that cut carbon, and deliver social impacts to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Edward Hanrahan, ClimateCare’s CEO stated, “We are delighted to have supported SThree to take this extra step and achieve their Climate Neutral status. At ClimateCare we are focused on robust and measurable outcomes, and always work to make the most effective use of our clients’ budget, to deliver programmes that generate substantial emission reductions, alongside health, economic and social benefits.”

The Panama Wind Project in India delivers against multiple Sustainable Development Goals:


 

 

To support the Panama Wind Project in India, one of the other projects in our global portfolio or to understand how offsetting can benefit your CSR programme contact the ClimateCare team today.

Aviva PLC becomes first insurance company to join UN Climate Neutral Now campaign, on their ten-year anniversary as climate neutral

April 10th 2017

London, UK. Aviva PLC, the UK’s largest insurer and a global provider of life and general insurance, has become the first insurance company to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now campaign reaffirming their commitment to maintain their zero-carbon operational stance. The company has worked closely with climate and development experts ClimateCare to deliver a multi-faceted carbon offset programme which is designed to deliver outcomes beyond carbon off-setting.

“The need for action on climate change has never been greater and we are delighted to see Aviva joining organisations including Microsoft, adidas and Sony that are not only taking action to tackle climate change themselves, but who champion the need for action and encourage others to do the same,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

On the release of Aviva’s 2016 Annual Report & Accounts which integrates the company’s risks, opportunities and progress on climate change, Kirsty Cooper – Aviva’s Group General Counsel and General Executive sponsor of Aviva’s responsible and sustainable business approach commented “As an organisation whose business and customers are already being directly impacted by climate change, we see the need for all businesses to take urgent action to reduce and offset their carbon impacts. We hope that by joining a UN level international campaign we will encourage other organisations to understand the vital importance of measuring, reducing and offsetting carbon emissions to help tackle climate change now.”

The company has also been measuring its operational carbon for nearly two decades and seeking ways to reduce impacts through focused property management, use of energy efficient technologies, and the purchase (and more recently generation) of renewable electricity.

“We see this work as part of our role to be a ‘good ancestor’. It is also aligns with our business imperative to reduce risk and ensure our long-term business viability,” explained Aviva’s Head of Sustainability, Zelda Bentham.  “In concert with our offsetting strategy, Aviva has also worked hard over the last 6 years to reduce our core carbon emissions and is proud to announce it has achieved a 46% reduction in its global emissions compared with its 2010 baseline”.

In 2006, Aviva became the first global insurance group to offset its entire operational emissions, so this month as it announces its 2016 annual sustainability results, the company celebrates 10 years as a carbon neutral organisation. The company works closely with ClimateCare to invest in a carbon offset programme designed to both reduce carbon emissions and measurably improve lives – tackling poverty, improving health and stimulating employment.

“In 2014 ClimateCare and Aviva applied the LBG framework to Aviva’s carbon offset programme, enabling us to measure the positive impact the programme had on people’s lives” comments Edward Hanrahan, CEO of ClimateCare. “This best practice approach creates a blue print for other organisations to follow”.

Contact us to find out more about what Climate Neutrality means for your business.

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Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: tania.sherahilo@climatecare.org

 

CLIMATECARE ANNOUNCED AS A FINALIST IN THE BETTER SOCIETY AWARDS FOR SECOND YEAR

Oxford, UK: Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare has been shortlisted for the Consultancy of the Year Award in the 2017 Better Society Awards, for a second year. Organised by the Better Society Network these awards assess and reward commercial organisations that are helping create a better, more equal, ethical and sustainable world.

Robert Stevens, ClimateCare’s Head of Partnerships said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award for a second time. This continuing recognition of our Climate+Care programmes highlights the value our unique business approach to sustainability delivers for businesses. At ClimateCare we are focused on robust and measurable outcomes and make the most effective use of our clients’ budget, to deliver programmes that generate substantial emission reductions, while delivering health, economic and social benefit to the world’s poorest communities.”

ClimateCare works with corporate and government partners to deliver high quality, integrated sustainability programmes, enabling them to take responsibility for their environmental and social impacts, whilst delivering value for the organisations involved. Working from offices in the UK, Africa and India, to date ClimateCare has worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 16.5 million people.

For more information about how ClimateCare’s Climate+Care programmes can add value to your business contact us.

ClimateCare and Gold Standard partner to deliver a new standard that helps companies contribute towards the Global Goals

 

Strategic partnership based around a shared vision to catalyse action on climate change and sustainable development at scale

Oxford, UK & Geneva, Switzerland

27th February 2017: ClimateCare and Gold Standard have formed a strategic partnership based around a new global standard aimed at ensuring project investment directly delivers against the Global Goals.

In September 2015, the UN announced a new set of Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which include ending poverty, improving global health, ensuring gender equality and mitigating climate change by 2030.

It has been widely acknowledged that the private sector will be integral to the provision of the finance required to meet the public sector funding gap to meet these ambitious targets.

The climate finance and development sectors already play a vital role in cutting global emissions and impacting positively on climate change. However, if we are to meet the ambition of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action projects must demonstrably target and deliver a broader set of environmental and social impacts.

As the leading global standard and certification body for climate and development projects, Gold Standard has long ensured that projects deliver genuine emission reductions and effect long-term sustainable development.

ClimateCare is the leading provider of high quality charismatic development projects that protect the environment and improve people’s lives. It brings expertise and innovation to structuring project financing, based around a broader set of development outcomes than carbon emission reductions alone.

“ClimateCare is uniquely placed to help bring Gold Standard for the Global Goals to market, as they have already undertaken a number of projects on behalf of corporate clients with funding structured around beyond-carbon development outcomes” comments Marion Verles, CEO of Gold Standard. “ClimateCare will play a vital role as we look to partner with leaders in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility to deliver the new standard,” she continues.

“We have been enthusiastic supporters of the Gold Standard and its pioneering work in standards innovation for many years. So we are delighted to be extending that relationship from climate finance instruments to broader development outcomes that deliver against the Global Goals” said Edward Hanrahan, CEO of ClimateCare.

“ClimateCare’s pioneering work developing a world-first framework with Aviva and the London Benchmarking Group in providing robust social impact demonstrates strong alignment with the Gold Standard’s focus on the Global Goals, and we look forward to evolving this type of work in collaboration with them.”

ClimateCare will support Gold Standard in promoting the new standard, and will form part of a coalition of corporate partners enhancing Gold Standard’s thought leadership position in this area.

Gold Standard is re-engineering its best practice standard into an approach that integrates all types of climate and development projects into a unified, holistic standard to maximise impacts. With a single, streamlined certification process that reduces costs and complexity, Gold Standard for the Global Goals will assess the impact of project activities toward the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets and indicators, allowing demonstration of real progress toward meeting the ambition of the 2030 global development agenda.

Sale of Proceeds Portfolio
As part of the partnership, ClimateCare will also be taking on exclusive management and sale of Gold Standard’s own portfolio of carbon credits from Gold Standard projects. Corporates wishing to support Gold Standard projects from its own portfolio, or develop new projects to support the Global Goals using Gold Standard verification should contact ClimateCare.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About ClimateCare

A certified B Corporation, we believe that to tackle climate change, poverty and create sustainable development, we need interventions that deliver on a holistic basis We help the public and private sector work together to create award-winning Climate+Care programmes designed to tackle poverty, improve health and protect the environment, whilst delivering value for the organisations involved.

We unlock new sources of finance by helping corporates take full responsibility for their social and environmental impacts and helping the public sector deliver more efficiency for its spend. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful sustainability initiatives in the world. To date we have worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 16.5 million people.

About Gold Standard

Gold Standard is a standard and certification body that works to catalyse more ambitious action for climate security and sustainable development. Its holistic standard, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, enables activities that protect the climate and empower local communities to maximise, quantify, and verify their impacts. Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on the dual mandate to foster sustainable development. Now with more than 80 NGO supporters and 1400+ projects in over 80 countries, Gold Standard projects have created billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.

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