Monthly Archives: May 2015

Why we should think about people as well as the environment on World Environment Day

This World Environment Day, we’ll all be thinking about how to reduce our impact on the environment – from tackling climate change to protecting ecosystems and biodiversity.

But in reality it’s impossible to move towards tackling these challenges, without also considering people. How can we feed, house and support a growing population without damaging the environment? How can we engage our colleagues and partners with action to tackle these issues? How can we make our voice heard?

This language is reflected in the aims of World Environment Day this year, with the theme for 2015 being how the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies ultimately depends on the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.

With growing awareness of the need to take a more holistic approach, we share five infographics and videos that help demonstrate why sustainable development must go hand in hand with environmental action, and ask: If the challenges we face are so complicated, where can you start?

 

1. This illustration from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature shows how well-being is intrinsically linked with our environment.

 

IUCN Graphic Formatted

 

2. The Stress Nexus is a great example of just how complicated the balance of these relationships can be and the many factors that impact sustainability.

 

the stress nexus formatted

 

3. The Environment Nexus uses video to explain simply and succinctly how Water, Energy and Food need to be considered together to design smart and sustainable policies.

 

 

4. The UN Triple Win system prioritises activity that delivers against multiple goals of economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability. You can read more about this in the paper: Triple Wins for Sustainable Development.

 

UNDP Triple Win Formatted

 

5. PWCs Total Impact Measurement and Management graphic looks at the relationships between business, social and environmental impacts and is used as a tool to help identify the potential positive and negative impacts of business decisions at a system level.

 

PWC Diagram Formatted
If the challenges we face are so complicated, where can you start?

At ClimateCare we’ve always taken an integrated approach to tackling Climate and Sustainable Development Challenges. Take a look at this video to find out more and hear what others think about our Climate+Care programmes.

 

 

Our latest blog: Where to start – tackling challenges with integrated Climate and Sustainable Development solutions offers some practical tips and advice.

 

Tell us what models you use to identify the multiple climate and sustainable development issues facing your business by joining our conversation on Twitter #ClimatePlusCare

Where to start? Tackling challenges with integrated Climate and Sustainable Development solutions

With World Environment Day coming up on the 5th June, ClimateCare’s Naomi Hicks explains how taking an integrated approach to sustainable development can help you deliver against multiple social and environmental goals.

 

Whilst integrated and systems based approaches are now accepted at policy and strategy level, for those of us tasked with delivery of programmes, the complexity involved can make it hard to act upon at a practical level.

Rallying behind a single issue with a simple strapline and linear progress monitoring is so much easier. So what can be done? How can we tackle enormous issues like climate change and poverty, whilst still feeling that our small investments are essential and making a useful difference?

Having understood these connections exist, the important thing is not to use this complexity as an excuse for inaction.

There’s no single answer, but from years of experience developing integrated Climate+Care programmes, designed from the outset to deliver against multiple social and environmental goals, here are a few ideas that might help:

 

  1. Focus on goals rather than interventions. What is it you want to achieve? Is it about supporting entrepreneurs, empowering women, creating new opportunities for school children? Focussing on the end goal will not only help you invest your money ways that will deliver maximum positive outcome, it will help you explain your actions in a simple way, despite taking complex decisions to get there.
  2. Don’t act in isolation. What do others in your organisations want to achieve? Pulling together environmental, social development and business goals can help focus activity and pool budgets allowing more effective action. Think beyond your own organisation to how you can scale by working with your supply chain, your staff, your customers and even your competitors.
  3. Identify the skill, expertise, knowledge and drive within your organisation and use this to steer your actions. For example if your skills lie in distribution, how can you engage your colleagues and unlock your logistics expertise to deliver sustainable development and environmental goals?
  4. Pick activities that are core to your business. If you are a soap manufacturer, supporting safe water and hand washing programmes in emerging countries will make more sense to your staff and your customers than investing in solar power. If you are a light bulb manufacturer, the opposite is true.
  5. Measure, report and adjust. Being able to explain the difference you have made, is key to continuing support. Even more important is using this data to inform your decision making, changing course if necessary to ensure money is spent wisely to deliver positive impacts for people and the environment.

 

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A Climate+Care programme can deliver a whole raft of business benefits

 

Case Study

 

“Integrated problems need integrated solutions” says Head of CR at Aviva, Zelda Bentham, one of ClimateCare’s clients. Back in 2006, Aviva set out to reduce its carbon footprint and offset what remained through ClimateCare, becoming the first global insurance group to offset its entire operational emissions. It has remained carbon neutral ever since.

Thanks to the Climate+Care approach, it now delivers more with its budget, supporting projects that cut carbon but also improve lives, tackling poverty and improving health. As it focusses attention towards delivery of priority Sustainable Development Goals, ClimateCare will help ensure Aviva’s budget continues to deliver at scale against multiple priorities.

“Often companies we work with start with one priority issue they want to tackle – be that empowering women, improving health or tackling climate change. As we build a relationship across the organisation, we help our clients identify other connected issues, often looked after by different departments. Taking a systems based approach helps us identify programmes that deliver multiple benefits from one budget, delivering better value for money and greater positive impact for people and the environment” says ClimateCare’s Director of Marketing, Rhiannon Szmigielski.

 

If you’d like some help to develop an integrated Climate and Sustainable Development programme for your business, or for help to make the business case for action, do contact Naomi and the rest of the ClimateCare team on +44(0)1865 591000.

 

Naomi Hicks is ClimateCare’s Senior Programme and Partnerships Manager. Naomi works with national and international corporates alike to devise and oversee business relevant corporate social responsibility and social impact programmes, which deliver measurable social and environmental outcomes to meet both CSR and sustainability agendas, whilst also delivering business value.

 

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.

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

Ever wondered how many carbon emissions are generated by online activity? This infographic by Custom Made shows the level of CO2 emissions generated through emails, searches and cloud storage.

It also includes tips to reduce your internet carbon footprint by unsubscribing from email newsletters that no longer interest you or limiting your “reply all’s”

If you would like to offset your unavoidable carbon emissions and support Climate+Care projects that cut carbon, protect the environment and improve lives, use our online calculator or contact a member of the team today on +44 (0)1865 591000.

 

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Carbon Footprint of the Internet

Carbon Footprint of the Internet
Infographic by CustomMade