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Press Release: ClimateCare becomes one of the UK’s first Certified B Corporations

Oxford, 19 August 2015: ClimateCare, a leader in the delivery of corporate and government programmes to protect the environment and improve people’s lives, today announced that it has received certification as one of the UK’s Founding B Corporations.

Referred to as “the highest standard for socially responsible business” Certified B Corporations go through a rigorous assessment of their business practices and are judged to achieve higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

I’m delighted to be joining this international community of forward thinking socially and environmentally conscious businesses”, says CEO Edward Hanrahan.

Since it was founded, ClimateCare has balanced delivery of three things: Social Impact, Environmental Impact and Profit. Achieving B Corporation status is a great endorsement of the positive impacts we create and, perhaps more importantly, it stands as an independent benchmark and certification of the ethical way we run our business, something that the whole ClimateCare team, our clients and our partners are immensely proud of.”

With an 18 year track record ClimateCare is living proof that commercial businesses can deliver positive impacts at scale. In the last 7 years alone the business has effectively deployed $100million to deliver measurable social and environmental outcomes for corporate and government clients.

B Corporation have awarded ClimateCare a score of 141.4 points (compared to an average of 97 points), but CEO Edward Hanrahan sees this as the starting point, saying: “A key benefit of the B Corporation system is that it identifies areas of strength and areas for improvement. We’re already using the results to identify where we can push the boundaries further. I particularly look forward to tapping into the knowledge and expertise of fellow B Corp members who I hope will challenge us and help us continue to improve.”

An influential organisation with hundreds of corporate clients, ClimateCare also plans to promote the B Corporation movement to its broader network. By encouraging its partners to adopt some of the core principles, it hopes to harness the power of its business community to deliver further positive change.

“We are delighted to welcome ClimateCare to our founding UK B Corp Community” said James Perry, Co-ordinator, UK Launch, B Lab UK.

“The B Corp movement is a global community of businesses who are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It includes more than 1,300 businesses in 40 countries and over 120 industries. The UK is well placed to help lead this global movement, and companies such as ClimateCare are a great example of a business taking leadership in their field.”

 B Corp network photo

Image Caption: ClimateCare becomes a Certified B Corporation, joining a global movement dedicated to using business as a force for good.

 

About ClimateCare

We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development are so interlinked that they cannot be tackled in isolation. And, given the size of the challenges, we cannot rely solely on government aid to solve them. Businesses, governments and civil society must work collectively to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

From our 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 carbon emissions and we’ve set an ambitious vision for 2020.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

 

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are more than 1,300 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries and nearly 40 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good.

 

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be Best for the World and as a result society enjoys a shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) promoting usage of Mission Aligned corporate structures to increase efficacy of social entrepreneurship and impact investing; 3) promoting Measure What Matters campaigns to increase use of free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 20,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment). 4) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform to help investors and institutions measure, benchmark, and report on the impact of the businesses with whom they work and in whom they invest. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net, www.bimpactassessment.net, www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.

 

 

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Join us at Green Bonds 22 June, 2015

Since the inception of the green bonds market, Environmental Finance has been highlighting the need for sustainable finance to tackle climate and social development challenges.

We are proud to partner with Environmental Finance to support the 5th annual Green Bonds conference on 22 June 2015, in London.

All delegate and speaker travel to the conference will be offset through our integrated Climate+Care projects that cut carbon and improve people’s lives.

Last year the conference attracted over 200 participants. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking day. Find out more and book your place.

Companies who offset lead the way in carbon management says new report

If you offset your carbon emissions with ClimateCare, then you are in good company.

A new report: The Bottom Line: Taking Stock of the Role of Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies, shows that organisations who offset emissions are more likely to:

  • Have a comprehensive carbon management strategy in place
  • Establish an emissions reduction target
  • Engage customers and employees with sustainable behaviour change
  • Switch to cleaner transportation
  • Design more sustainable products
  • Install low carbon energy
  • Make buildings and processes more energy efficient.

The typical offset buyer cut almost 17% of their scope 1 (direct) emissions in 2013, while the typical non offset buyer reduced scope 1 emissions by less than 5% in the same year.

The report highlights that companies offset for two main reasons. Some ‘use offsetting as a last resort, squeezing every last tonne of carbon dioxide out of their own operations before investing externally’. Others use offsets as a bridge to buy time, while they work out how to reduce emissions directly. Either way, the report explains that offsetting is ‘an indicator that a carbon management strategy is in place‘.

Whilst not everyone shouts about their offsetting activity, 265 leading businesses reported that they offset their carbon emissions, based in 32 countries and across every continent. Four out of five of these offset buyers are voluntary rather than driven by regulatory obligations – the top 100 companies are listed in the report.

Read the full report here.

You might also be interest in reading about the positive economic, environmental and social impacts offsetting delivers here

Find out how your organisation can benefit from offsetting carbon emissions by contacting business@climatecare.org or calling +44(0)1865 591000. 

 

Tackling climate change and ending poverty must go hand in hand, says Lord Stern

In a new paper, released ahead of global conferences on financing sustainable development and tackling climate change, Lord Stern highlights the need for integrated action to tackle climate change and alleviate poverty. He argues that climate finance could act as a catalyst for trillions of dollars of low-carbon investment – read more in this article in Business Green

It’s great to see growing support for the integrated Climate+Care approach that has been central to our business model for 18 years. In his latest blog, 5 ways to care for the climate and people, Edward Hanrahan highlights some of the synergies that are possible when you tackle these issues together.

The Venture publish a Spotlight on ClimateCare

The Venture has just published a spotlight on ClimateCare giving a brief history of the company and our vision for 2020.

You can read more here.

If you would like learn more about our 2020 targets see Our Vision page or contact the team on +44(0)1865 591000 to find out how you can get involved.

ClimateCare joins international representatives to pledge support for clean cookstoves

Today ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan joined participants representing governments, the UN, World Bank, other Development and investment banks, private sector and NGOs to make commitments that could help grow the clean cooking sector, with the aim of preventing the 4 million deaths that occur every year from household air pollution caused by smoke from the use of open fires and traditional cookstoves.

Safer cooking brings positive impacts for women and children in particular – improving health by reducing their exposure to toxic smoke, freeing them from the time consuming and dangerous task of collecting fuel, cutting the risk of burns and reducing the burden of fuel costs.

Commitments were made as part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves ‘Cookstoves Future Summit’ chaired by former Secretary Hillary Clinton.

“We need to keep the Alliance going and growing,” said Clinton. “Find more partners; expand the market; put more stoves in the hands of consumers; save more lives. That’s what the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is all about, and that’s why I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter and partner.”

ClimateCare recently announced new targets to improve the lives of 20 million people and cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020. At the summit today we confirmed that our Climate+Care cookstoves programme has already provided cookstoves to 6.5 million people around the world and cut 2.6 million tonnes of CO2, and it will be a significant part of delivering our new targets.

ClimateCare has led clean cookstove programmes since 2004 when it started work on the first methodology to obtain funding through carbon finance. More than 39 projects around the world have now followed that first carbon finance methodology. We have also started to pioneer other ways of financing these vital projects – through measuring and reporting the Development Impacts and seeking payment for those Impacts on a Results Basis.

We’ll continue to work with both Private and Public sector partners to deliver these important programmes and call on organisations to support our cookstoves programme to deliver measurable benefits for communities and the environment.

Use our online calculator to see what difference your support could make at https://climatecare.org/our-vision/

ClimateCare

ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world. We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Key supporters of cookstove projects include Jaguar Land Rover, who funded the first ever Gold Standard cookstove project through ClimateCare, and who have helped provide stoves to 832,000 families. The Co-operative and Aviva have also made significant contributions helping to fund stoves to 350,000 and 57,000 families respectively.

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BOND SUPPORT CLIMATECARE’S COOKSTOVES PROGRAMME

PRESS RELEASE: Bond, the UK membership body for NGOs working in international development has partnered with climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare to support its Climate+Care cookstove programme, by offsetting CO2 emissions generated by delegate travel to and from its annual conference yesterday.

ClimateCare recently announced its partners had improved the lives of 6 million people and cut 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 through cookstove programmes, and called for more partners to help it meet ambitious targets to cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of 20 million people by 2020.

As part of this initiative Robert Stevens, Head of Partnership Development at ClimateCare ran a workshop at the conference, introducing the delegates to new sources of finance they might not have considered before, including carbon finance.

“ClimateCare has 17 years’ experience of unlocking private and public sector funds for Climate+Care programmes to protect the environment and improve people’s lives. We work with a number of NGO partners and given the scale of our ambitious new targets, I am keen to meet new organisations who want to work together, to deliver long term social impact ” said Stevens.

Bond collected information about where each delegate travelled from and the method of transport used through a new interactive conference app. ClimateCare will calculate the amount of emissions produced as a result of this travel and retire the equivalent carbon credits, in this instance from the Gyapa Stoves project.

A partnership with NGO Relief International, this project introduces efficient cookstoves to families in Ghana, which cut carbon by burning less fuel. By reducing demand for firewood the efficient stoves reduce pressure on dwindling forests and to date have saved families more than $41 million in fuel costs. The stoves are locally manufactured creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. They also reduce indoor air pollution, improving the living conditions of women and children in particular.

NOTES TO EDITORS
ClimateCare
ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world. We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Bond
Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services.
Established in 1993 on the initiative of 61 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development, it has around 400 members ranging from large agencies with a world-wide presence to smaller, specialist organisations working in certain regions or with specific groups of people.

The Bond Annual conference and Exhibition 2014, titled: Redefining development, the future beyond 2015; brings together people from NGOs, universities, think tanks, donors and government both in the UK and internationally to examine how international development will be defined in the future.

Find out more at www.bond.org.uk

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Celebrating the power of cookstoves & launching our new vision

PRESS RELEASE:

In 10 years ClimateCare has funded improved cookstoves for over 6.5 million people helping tackle one of the developing world’s leading causes of death. Today it calls for more partners to meet its 2020 targets – to improve 20 million lives and cut 20 million tonnes of CO2.

Improved cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution – one of the developing world’s biggest killers, cut fuel costs for families and help tackle climate change. Today, 10 years since ClimateCare pioneered the first ever improved cookstove project funded by carbon finance, it announced that with its corporate and public sector partners it has channelled finance into cookstove projects around the world, improving life for 6.5 million people and cutting 2.6 million tonnes of CO2.

ClimateCare also published ambitious targets to cut 20 million tonnes of CO2 and improve the lives of 20 million people by 2020 – calling for more Corporate and Government partners to fund cookstove and other integrated Climate+Care programmes.

“Everything we do is designed to tackle climate change, alleviate poverty and improve health,” explains CEO Edward Hanrahan. “Provision of improved cookstoves is a great example of an intervention that delivers against all three elements, and in particular improves life for women and girls. We have delivered a huge amount, in partnership with our pioneering corporate partners, but are really only scratching the surface of the issue with these numbers. So, in pursuit of our ambitious 2020 targets, we call on other corporate and government partners to help us scale up investment in cookstove projects alongside the other Climate+Care programmes we specialise in including safe water provision, irrigation and clean energy access.”

Key supporters of cookstove projects include Jaguar Land Rover, who funded the first ever Gold Standard cookstove project through ClimateCare, and who have helped provide stoves to 832,000 families. The Co-operative and Aviva have also made significant contributions helping to fund stoves to 350,000 and 57,000 families respectively.

Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world still cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that 4 million premature deaths are caused every year from exposure to smoke from these cooking methods – more than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The impacts are particularly pronounced for women and girls.

A new calculator launched on the ClimateCare website today highlights the enormous potential for organisations to deliver benefits for both people and the environment by investing in Climate+Care cookstove and safe water programmes. For example, it shows that if everyone voluntarily offsetting carbon emissions did so through a cookstove project, together they could help improve the lives of 432 million people, saving them £7 billion in fuel costs and generating $299 million of employment.

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You can get an indication of the difference your business could make by investing in cookstove projects by using the online calculator https://climatecare.org/our-vision/

The ClimateCare Cookstove Story

Back in 2004, ClimateCare was the first company in the world to fund an improved cookstove project through carbon finance.

This first project was in Bangladesh, where traditional open fires were replaced with more efficient cookstoves, saving the wood fuel used for cooking ClimateCare worked with Practical Action (formerly ITDG) to extend their work in households and improve cooking methods.

Building on this early work, ClimateCare wrote the first consolidated methodology for cooking projects. ClimateCare then structured funding for a project in Cambodia, which was the first to use the new methodology, where improved cookstoves reduced charcoal requirements by 20%. The project partner, GERES estimates that as well as improving the health of families by reducing exposure to hazardous air pollutants, creating employment through the local manufacture, retailing and maintenance of stoves, and protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing deforestation, consumers have saved over $9,000,000 on fuel from the project overall.

This early work paved the way for ClimateCare and others to scale up cookstove provision. Following these initial projects ClimateCare refined the methodology and structured finance for the first ever Gold Standard Cookstove project in Uganda, where Jaguar Land Rover provided upfront investment, making them the first corporate partner to fund improved cookstoves at scale.

UGASTOVES - CLIMATE CARE

Ugastoves use less fuel than traditional cooking methods, cutting carbon emissions and substantially reducing indoor air pollution, making them much less damaging to the health of the cooks and their families. 210,000 stoves have been manufactured since project inception and 159 people employed. In Uganda, more than 90% of people use biomass, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking. If things continue it is estimated that there will be no forest left in Uganda in another 40 years. By cutting demand for wood fuel, this project also protects the remaining forest.

A staggering 5,145,312 Gold Standard cookstove credits, from 39 projects have now been issued using the methodology written by ClimateCare with more projects entering the pipeline, leading to even greater impact in future.

Since then ClimateCare has helped structure funding for projects with NGO Relief International in Ghana and secured Results Based Finance for carbon credits from the Swedish Energy Agency for a recent CDM cookstove project – proving that the Climate+Care model also has appeal for public sector funders.

Find out how you can invest in the Climate+Care Cookstove programme at https://climatecare.org/cookstoves/

 

Supporting the Climate+Care approach

Aviva
Aviva has supported cookstove projects since 2007 and over the last three years alone, its Climate+Care programme has improved the lives of 395,000 people through clean cookstove and safe water projects, and cut over 250,000 tonnes of CO2.

“If there are issues that are interconnected, you have to have solutions that are interconnected. The way that Climate+Care comes together means there’s a whole raft of benefits that can be gained through an individual programme, so there can be health benefits, there can be education benefits, employment benefits. We think that is a very smart approach.” Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Environment and Climate Change, Aviva

The Co-operative
The Co-operative has worked with ClimateCare for 14 years, supporting projects that protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

Ben Norbury explains, that “Climate+Care are intrinsically linked. A lot of businesses, including The Co-operative have had a separate approach to climate change and international development and we’ve seen these approaches overlapping. Now, through Climate+Care we’re taking a more joined up approach, doing climate change mitigation work in our own Fairtrade tea supply chain. For us, there’s a definite business case for the Climate+Care approach and I think other corporates could benefit from considering a similar, integrated programme.”

Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover has set an ambitious target to create opportunities for 12 million people by 2020. It will deliver 5 million of these through support of Climate+Care programmes that both improve lives and protect the environment.

“The integrated Climate+Care approach makes simple business sense” Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director for Jaguar Land Rover.

NOTES TO EDITORS

ClimateCare
ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world. We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

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SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS GATHER TO CELEBRATE CLIMATECARE QUEEN’S AWARD

Press Release: 7 October 2014

Sustainability professionals from some of Britain’s best known companies gathered today to celebrate the presentation to ClimateCare of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by Mr Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s representative in Oxfordshire.  Climate and development expert ClimateCare was recognised in the Sustainable Development category for its outstanding contribution to poverty alleviation and tackling climate change.

ClimateCare Directors Edward Hanrahan and Tom Morton receive the Queen's Award

ClimateCare Directors Edward Hanrahan and Tom Morton receive the Queen’s Award from Mr Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

From its base in Oxford and project office in Nairobi, ClimateCare works with major global partners in business, NGOs and international governments to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as indoor air pollution, climate change and safe water provision, whilst delivering positive health and economic outcomes for communities in the developing world.

For ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan, today is not just about celebrating business success, but acknowledging the passion, expertise and dedication of the ClimateCare team and its partners. Always looking to the future, Hanrahan also took the opportunity of this award ceremony to gather a select group of leading sustainability practitioners for a private roundtable, to openly share best practice and to discuss how an integrated Climate and Development approach could become more mainstream.

“Today has been an opportunity to thank our staff and our partners and to recognise their contribution in helping ClimateCare achieve this prestigious award. We are delighted that our work with leading public and private sector organisations, many of whom are represented here today, has already led to improvements in life for more than 6 million people and cut over 16.5million tonnes of carbon – but, of course, there is much more to do,” said Hanrahan.

Zelda Bentham, head of environment and climate change at insurance company Aviva, who attended today’s celebrations, said “Working with ClimateCare enables Aviva to make a measurable difference to people’s lives and at the same time take responsibility for its operational emissions. We’ve used the LBG methodology to confirm that over the last three years our ClimateCare programme has improved the lives of 395,000 people through cookstove and safe water projects, and cut over 250,000 tonnes of CO2.”

Another organisation represented was BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013, Jaguar Land Rover, also a 2014 Queen’s Award winner. As a first step towards its target to create opportunities for 12 million people around the world by 2020, Jaguar Land Rover works with ClimateCare to support the entire Busia area of the LifeStraw project, helping to provide safe water to 700,000 people and at the same time, cutting enough carbon to offset its UK manufacturing emissions for an entire year.

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director, Jaguar Land Rover explains “ClimateCare ensure we invest our budget in projects that deliver robust and tangible results. We are excited about continuing our work with the team to drive significant and meaningful change as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

Other guests present at the event included The Co-operative, and leading sustainability consultants, Forum for the Future; to name a few.

ClimateCare has worked with The Co-operative Group for over twelve years. “ClimateCare delivers projects that provide verified community benefits as well as carbon reductions, supporting our ethos as a leader in social responsibility. Most recently they have created new partnerships to help us benefit 14,000 people in our own 99-brand Fairtrade tea producer communities, while achieving carbon dioxide emissions reductions for our Funeralcare business and our ‘ecoinsurance’ motor product,” says Ben Norbury, The Co-operative.

ClimateCare’s Edward Hanrahan sees the Queen’s Award as an acknowledgement of the value of the organisations integrated Climate plus Care approach. “Since the announcement of the Queen’s Award, we have seen an increase in interest from other like-minded businesses looking to deliver better value for money by fulfilling their corporation social responsibility goals while also tackling carbon emissions.”

Mr Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s representative in Oxfordshire presenting today’s Queen’s Award to ClimateCare, added: “With the business community becoming ever more engaged in social and environmental responsibility programmes, it is wonderful to see an Oxford-born business such as ClimateCare, use their expertise to help global businesses and governments address their policy goals and take real action on sustainable development – tackling climate change and improving lives. Well done to the team and to all their partners represented here today. I know that the Queen’s Award will inspire others to follow in their footsteps”

Photo Caption: Sustainability leaders at ClimateCare’s Queen’s Award presentation ceremony, toast ClimateCare’s achievement.

 

Notes to editors

ClimateCare

ClimateCare mobilises the power and scale of private finance to deliver projects with positive environmental and social impacts around the world. We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful corporate sustainability initiatives in the world.

From offices in Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific we help many of the world’s leading brands, organisations and governments scale up the impact of their initiatives. By investing their resources in projects that directly combat climate change and poverty, improve health and increase community welfare, we build better futures for millions of people around the world.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Queen’s Award

Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

Winners of the Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success.

To find out more visit www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise Add detail.

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A Game Changer

Rob Stevens ClimateCare & Zelda Bentham Aviva

 

Rob Stevens enjoying the Ethical Corporation Awards last night with Aviva’s Zelda Bentham. We were shortlisted for our work measuring the community impacts of Aviva’s ClimateCare programme, using the LBG framework. A world first, it was described by Jonathon Porritt as a Game Changer.

“Aviva’s focus on robust measurement enabled it to realise the value of using its carbon offset budget to support projects that also deliver measurable benefit to local communities. This approach has allowed them to improve a staggering 395,000 people’s lives so far, at the same time as offsetting their carbon emissions. I’m particularly pleased that they are not keeping this knowledge to themselves, but working with ClimateCare – which this year won a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for its integrated approach to tackling climate and development challenges – it is actively sharing this knowledge, making it possible for others to assess the social impact of their carbon offset programmes for the first time. This new information will help businesses make the case for investing in these integrated projects, and as a result will benefit millions of people around the world – that’s what makes this a game-changer”, says Jonathon Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future

> Read more about our work with Aviva