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We understand the power and influence of membership organisations on the industries and professions that their members represent. CAFA brings associations together to tackle the global climate emergency, faster.


The influence membership organisations have on their sectors, professions, communities and stakeholder groups cannot be underestimated or overlooked as a key driver of change.


Membership organisations are a conduit for addressing climate change via whole sectors and professions, rather than targeting individual organisations separately.


A "whole-of-sector" and "joined-up systems" approach gets us to net zero faster.


CAFA is a global Accelerator for the UN backed Race to Zero campaign. We encourage all Associations to join Race to Zero as Actors or Accelerators. 


CAFA's mission is to harness the collective power and influence of the membership sector to accelerate the transition of whole sectors, systems and professions.

  • In line with the Paris Agreement, increase climate and sustainability leadership and drive change using the collective power and influence of professional and trade associations, membership organisations, business networks, societies, clubs and peak umbrella bodies to create an inclusive net zero economy, build resilient communities and limit global heating to 1.5°C.

  • Empower and increase the confidence of the association sector to set ambitious targets and implement practical strategies to meet them.

  • Demonstrate that climate action is about building resilience, an opportunity for growth and sustainability, cost savings and new revenue generation.

  • Ensure that climate action and sustainability are a standard part of all membership organisation's internal and external member value proposition and engagement strategy.

  • To speak up and implement non-oppositional climate policies and advocacy. 


We help every type of membership organisation to:

  • Implement climate action and sustainability programmes internally.

  • Deliver climate action and sustainability support to members.


We will:


  • Curate, develop and deliver tailored practical guidance to accelerate change both internally and to support the sectors/professions you represent.

  • Create a safe place where membership organisations of all sizes and sectors can convene and learn from others.

  • Be the platform for associations to share  progress and experiences to inspire and educate others.

  • Deliver Certified Net Zero solutions to measure footprint and reduce emissions.

  • Track and promote the progress of the membership sector

  • Join-up sectoral and professional bodies to identify opportunity, encourage collaboration and innovation.

  • Monitor and benchmark the progress and impact the climate and sustainability work associations are doing.

  • Support membership organisations join the Race to Zero Campaign.

Any sector, any profession, large or small, the CAFA Collective represents institutes, trade associations, societies, royal colleges, alliances, clubs and other communities of interest. Most are independent and not for profit in nature with a strong purpose. 


The thing the Collective have in common is that are committed to making a authentic climate commitment and taking climate action.


Many of the CAFA Collective are taking their first steps to implement change and set ambitious targets.

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We know that the world needs to work together if we are to reach global net zero targets. This means working in new and interconnected ways.


We are helping sectors, industries, competitors and professions to join-up thinking and collaborate in new ways for the benefit of business, the planet and society.

CAFA is collaborating with and receiving support from organisations to develop skills, expertise, reach, investment and solutions. Our supporters and collaborators enable us to speed things up and do the things we cannot do by ourselves.  

At the Office

CAFA is a blend of passionate membership association experts, climate and sustainability specialists coming together because we understand the need for urgent climate action.


We know that by harnessing the collective power of industry and professional membership organisations we'll get there faster!

Founded by Ali Heppenstall, MD of b2b, the membership experts. b2b has more than 20 years experience of working with membership organisations, not for profits and NGO's.


b2b has successfully run climate action and sustainability programs, research, content and campaigns for multiple membership organisations and NGOs over the last decade, creating the understanding of the climate emergency and inspiration behind establishing CAFA.


CAFA is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. We are reliant on income from our membership subscriptions,  certified net zero association programme sales, climate content creation and donations to survive. 


The income we generate is reinvested back into CAFA to deliver on our mission. Any level of donation, support is appreciated. 


Your support will increase CAFA's impact 


Thank you for your donation!

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