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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.


In the run up to and post COP28, CAFA calls on all membership organisations, large and small, to harness their influence, authority, credibility and independence, take a stand and commit to drive climate leadership both internally and across the industries and sectors they represent. 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 whole sectors, systems and professions to support a sustainable economy.

  • In line with the UNFCCC ambition and the outcomes of COP27, 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.

  • 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 sustainable practices become a standard part of all membership organisation's internal and external member value proposition and engagement strategy.


We will help all membership organisations to:

  • Implement climate action and sustainability programmes internally.

  • Deliver climate action and sustainability support to members.


We will:


  • Identify, curate, develop and deliver tailored practical guidance and solutions 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.

  • Join-up work across sectors and professions to identify opportunity, encourage collaboration and innovation between associations.

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

  • Support Associations 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.  

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We are a blend of passionate membership association experts, media professionals, 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!

CAFA was founded by b2b, the membership experts who have worked in the membership and third sector globally for more than 20 years. b2b has successfully run climate action and sustainability programs, research, content and campaigns for multiple membership organisations and NGOs.


The team at b2b are the secretariat behind CAFA.


CAFA has been established as a not-for-profit. All income generated from subscriptions, partnerships and sustainability services will be reinvested back into CAFA to deliver on our mission.

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