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“Small businesses with robust climate action plans are helping create a better future. By committing to halve emissions by 2030, SMEs position themselves to become the next industry leaders and usher in the next wave of innovation and growth.”

María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition

“It’s about time we got serious about greening SMEs, and not just larger firms and infrastructure projects. Cumulatively SMEs are a major source of emissions and other environmental problems, but until this initiative we have not created the tools and knowledge sharing community necessary to scale their greening – I have great hopes that the SME Climate Hub will prove a breakthrough in this area. I urge SMEs, their associations, buyers, sellers and financiers to make this hub a key part of their business lives.”

Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corporation

“It is not just about making a commitment, it is about taking concrete action and that is what we intend to do with the support of the dedicated tools and resources on the SME Climate Hub.”

Valentina Mintah, Founder, West Blue Ghana Limited

“The SME Climate Hub should be the first stop for every small and medium-sized business to show that they are serious about protecting their business, community and the planet.”

Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair, Imagine

“Our vision is to mobilize millions of small and medium-sized enterprises to accelerate climate action in the Race to Zero.”

Johan Falk, Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative

“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our communities and our economy. The SME Climate Hub is there to help support them – and the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on them – to thrive today and well into the future.”

Majda Dabaghi, Director of Inclusive and Green Growth, International Chamber of Commerce

“Electron joined the SME CLimate Hub because we cannot afford not to invest in a net zero emissions future.”

Joanna Hubbard, CEO & Co-founder, Electron

“Addressing climate change has never been so business critical. Through the SME Climate Hub we want to make it as easy as possible for small and medium-sized businesses to protect and grow their business.”

John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce

“The 21st century will be the century of the environment, or it will be no more.”

Maria Fernanda Garza, CEO, Orestia

“The critical transition we collectively have ahead of us will require commitment and speed like never before, collaboration across sectors, disciplines and continents. That is why we are part of the Race to Zero community and proud to join this pioneering global platform.”

Eva Karlsson, CEO/CD of Houdini Sportswear

Climate action means business resilience

As a small business, cutting your emissions and creating innovative climate solutions offers tangible business value. Small businesses that take action will meet changing customer and investor expectations, build supply chain resilience, retain market access and win new business. 

The SME Climate Hub provides small and medium sized- businesses with a one-stop-shop to make an internationally recognized climate commitment, join the United Nations’ Race to Zero campaign, and access best-in-class tools and resources to mitigate their environmental impact and build resilient businesses for the future.

The SME Climate Hub is here to help small businesses deliver on their climate goals. Small and medium sized businesses that make the SME Climate Commitment can access an increasing number of free tools and resources to begin their climate action journey and track their progress along the way. 

We are continually growing our partner network of multinational companies, financial institutions and governments to create clear opportunities and improve the support for SMEs that commit to halving their emissions before 2030 and achieving net zero before 2050. 

The science is clear – we must meet these goals to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Get a jump-start on the competition – for your business and for the planet – today.

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How it works

COMMIT

Signal your commitment to climate action and take the first steps towards halving your emissions before 2030. SMEs that make the commitment will be counted in the global Race to Zero campaign.

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TAKE ACTION

Once committed, gain access to free tools for climate education, measurement and reporting. Browse a selection of tools available before you commit.

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ACCESS SUPPORT

The SME Climate Hub works with leading business and financial partners to continually improve our support for SMEs. As you take climate action, you will unlock support and benefits to support your net zero journey.

Why commit?

Climate action- it’s good for business and the planet

GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Multinational corporations, investors, shareholders, consumers and employees are increasingly expecting businesses to adopt ambitious climate targets. Some supply chain leaders are even formalising climate action in their procurement policies. Stay ahead of the curve.

MANAGE BUSINESS RISK

Left unchecked, climate change can impact economic growth. Take action today to decrease operating costs, encourage resource availability, navigate shifts in demand, and secure supply chains for the long-term. Prepare for tomorrow, today.

IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, REDUCE COSTS

Businesses that efficiently manage resources more efficiently can reduce their operating costs and increase profitability. Take steps today that are good for your business and the climate.

ENHANCE ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND AFFORDABLE INSURANCE

Investors and insurers are increasingly accounting for natural disaster threats when assessing business viability. Take steps to maintain affordable insurance rates and secure your loan, grant and investment worthiness.

GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR BRAND

The SME Climate Hub represents a global network of like-minded businesses seeking to improve their operations, their community and the planet. Being part of this network offers far reaching collaborative and commercial opportunities to grow your business and be a leading brand, as market trends shift to a low-carbon economy.

1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders support the SME Climate Hub

“We will support SMEs globally through the SME Climate Hub with tools, knowledge and best practice for implementing a robust climate strategy, to support broad action. We plan to make climate related targets and performance a key supplier purchasing criteria within one year. We aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through action and collaboration, while looking to inspire others to do the same.”

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