ClimateCare has helped businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover, The Co-operative and Aviva invest alongside governments and NGOs in its integrated Climate+Care programmes that protect the environment and improve people’s lives.
Its cookstove programme is one example. Through ClimateCare, businesses have funded improved cookstoves for over 6.5 million people, helping to tackle one of the developing world’s leading causes of death – indoor air pollution. At the same time they report that this programme has protected the environment by reducing deforestation and cutting 2.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions.
“Businesses that support these programmes are not just delivering value to people and the environment.” Says ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan. “They are making a measured business decision to use their budgets in the smartest way – delivering against multiple business targets to build supply chain resilience, develop markets, motivate staff and deliver brand value, as well as meeting CSR and environmental targets.”
According to ClimateCare, the business case for supporting this type of integrated project is evolving beyond simply meeting CSR or environmental targets. Businesses want to demonstrate best practice to staff, customers and investors and as such are developing programmes within their markets or supply chains – empowering local communities by improving health, increasing access to education and tackling poverty.
For example, The Co-operative has recently invested in a bespoke programme to provide safe water to communities in Kericho – part of its Fairtrade tea supply chain. This project builds resilience in the supply chain community and ultimately this increases productivity and profitability. As well as supporting the community, this project is also expected to cut over 6000 tonnes of CO2 – which The Co-operative can use to offset some of its UK carbon emissions.
“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.” says Ben Norbury, The Co-operative.
“We have delivered a huge amount in partnership with our pioneering corporate partners, but are really only scratching the surface of the issue,” says ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan.
“At a recent roundtable we held
to discuss our new vision, partners consistently told us our integrated approach was a ‘no-brainer’ – providing value to business as well as improving life for people and protecting the planet.”
So, in pursuit of its ambitious 2020 targets, to improve the lives of 20 million people and cut 20 million tonnes of carbon, ClimateCare is calling new corporate partners to make contact and find out how they can benefit from an integrated approach to Climate+Care.
ClimateCare’s free calculator allows you to find out what difference your business could make by supporting cookstove and safe water programmes.