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Empowering Membership Organisations - Insights from the Business Associations Climate Action Guide

Climate Action for Associations proudly collaborated with leading organisations such as the Exponential Road Map, Race to Zero, UN Global Compact Network UK, and others to contribute to the Business Associations Climate Action Guide. This guide underscores the pivotal role that associations play in shaping policy and driving climate and nature conservation initiatives.

Recognising the substantial influence that associations wield in policymaking, it is clear they are pivotal in advancing climate goals. As companies increasingly commit to achieving net-zero emissions, associations must advocate for policies that support these objectives without conflicting lobbying activities.

The guide provides invaluable insights into what membership organisations will need in the future to align with climate ambitions and develop robust climate strategies for their members.

Key Considerations for Your Membership Organisation:

1. Climate Alignment Responsibility: Acknowledge the responsibility to align with science-backed climate policies, including those outlined in global frameworks like the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals. This alignment is essential for maintaining long-term industry integrity and societal health.

2. Policy Advocacy: Utilise your influence in policymaking to advocate for policies that facilitate industry transitions to net-zero emissions and promote climate resilience. Ensure proactive advocacy aligned with recommendations from credible climate science bodies.

3. Member Engagement: Effectively engage with members on climate issues by understanding and incorporating their climate goals and policies into advocacy efforts and internal policies.

4. Transparency and Accountability: Demonstrate transparency by publicly disclosing climate strategies, targets, and positions on climate policy. Uphold accountability to members and society for climate actions.

5. Continuous Improvement: Regularly review and enhance climate policies and engagements based on feedback from members and stakeholders to effectively support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

6. Collaboration and Engagement: Collaborate with climate-aligned initiatives and organisations to strengthen credibility and influence. Such collaboration ensures relevance and competitiveness in advocating for effective climate policies.

7. Recognition of Alignment: Associations demonstrating strong alignment with science-backed climate policies should be acknowledged and rewarded by members. Recognition can include continued membership, active participation in activities, and support for initiatives accelerating industry-wide climate transitions.

For further insights, read the full Business Associations Climate Action Guide here.

At CAFA, we empower associations to lead with essential guidance and support, including expert assistance with emissions reporting. By driving community learning, we enable membership organisations to meet their sustainability commitments with confidence and impact.

Unsure of where to start on your climate policy and climate action journey more broadly? CAFA has the content, expertise, and insights your membership organisation needs to achieve meaningful change. Discover more here.



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