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Where small and medium-sized businesses take climate action and gain a competitive edge.

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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

Where SMEs come to future proof their business

The science is clear – we must halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by no later than 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. By cutting your emissions and providing innovative climate solutions, you will meet the climate expectations of customers, retain market access and win new business. We work with leading partners with the goal to make the path towards a net-zero business simple and beneficial.

The SME Climate Hub for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provides a one-stop-shop to make a climate commitment and access best-in-class tools and resources. The tools and resources provide support in regards to measuring your emissions, developing your climate strategy, reducing your own emissions and the emissions in your value chain, and exemplify complementary offset projects.

We also partner with multinational companies, financial institutions and governments to create clear incentives and opportunities for SMEs that commit to halving their emissions before 2030 and achieving net zero before 2050.

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How it works

COMMIT

You are ready to signal your commitment to and take your first steps towards halving your emissions before 2030 and striving to achieve net zero emissions before 2050.

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TAKE ACTION

Once you have signed the SME Climate Commitment, start browsing tools and resources that have been tailored to support your efforts.

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ACCESS INCENTIVES

By making the SME Climate Commitment, your business will be recognized by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, giving your business visibility in the community and with your clients. Financial and policy incentives coming soon!

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Why commit?

Climate action has never been so good for business.

GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Supply chain leaders, investors, shareholders, consumers and employees are increasingly looking to business to adopt ambitious climate-related targets, with some supply chain leaders now formalising climate action in their procurement policies. Stay ahead of the curve.

MANAGE BUSINESS RISK

Left unchecked, climate change represents material risk to business cash flow and economic growth, by increasing operating costs, limiting resource availability, causing shifts in demand, disrupting supply chains and forcing business closures. Prepare for tomorrow, today.

IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, REDUCE COSTS

Businesses that look to use and manage resources more efficiently can tangibly reduce their operating costs and increase profitability, while improving business preparedness. Begin to take steps today that are good for your business and the climate.

ENHANCE ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND AFFORDABLE INSURANCE

Investors and insurers are increasingly linking business exposure from natural disasters with climate change. Take steps to keep your insurance fees affordable 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 themselves, 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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