Our Climate Commitment
SchoolPro TLC has made a climate commitment through the SME Climate Hub. On this page, we will explain who the SME Climate Hub are, what the commitment means and, over time, show you how we are monitoring our environmental impact and tracking our race to net-zero emissions.
The SME Climate Hub
The SME Climate Hub is an initiative of the We Mean Business Coalition, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and the International Chamber of Commerce. In collaboration with Normative and the Net Zero team at Oxford University, the SME Climate Hub provides tools and resources to enable SMEs to make a climate commitment, take action and measure their progress. This partnership is an exercise in radical collaboration that opens the doors for SMEs to join the United Nations Race to Zero campaign — an international campaign that brings together an unprecedented coalition of real economy actors and 120 governments committed to achieve net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.
The SME Climate Hub provides small and medium sized businesses with a one-stop-shop to make a climate commitment and access best-in-class tools and resources to mitigate their environmental impact and build resilient businesses for the future.
The SME Climate Hub was founded by the We Mean Business Coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign in collaboration with Oxford University and Normative. This partnership is an exercise in radical collaboration that allows SMEs to join the United Nations Race to Zero, an international campaign that brings together an unprecedented coalition of real economy actors and 120 governments committed to achieving net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.
Over 2,600 SMEs across 84 different countries have made the commitment, with key sectors including retail, energy, manufacturing, agriculture, technology. Learn more at: www.smeclimatehub.org
Small to medium sized enterprises account for 90% of business worldwide and affect the livelihoods of over 2 billion people. However, in the global effort to mitigate climate change, large businesses and governments have largely been the focus of the discussion. The SME Climate Hub aims to bring all businesses on board to net zero.
The SME Climate Hub mobilizes and supports small and medium sized businesses to commit to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero emissions before 2050 — a milestone aimed at avoiding the worst effects of climate change while ensuring business viability.
By taking climate action through the SME Climate Hub, small businesses can better navigate the shifting expectations of consumers, large corporations, and governments.
Climate action gives SMEs a competitive advantage and enables them to future-proof their business by:
- Improving efficiencies and reducing costs
- Managing business risk
- Enhancing access to capital and affordable insurance
- Providing unique growth opportunities
- Building supply chain resilience and
- Strengthening marketing and branding efforts.
Supply Chain Resilience
Large corporations from every industry and region of the world are setting net-zero goals to align with science and build business resilience. To meet these goals, multinational corporations are accelerating decarbonization demands for SMEs in their global supply chains and steering their procurement process towards climate action in suppliers.
Small businesses often lack the resources needed to decarbonize. Multinational companies, governments, and tools such as those provided by the SME Climate Hub need to bridge the gap, to ensure no one is left behind in the transition to net zero.
Several major multinational corporations, including Ericsson, IKEA, Telia, BT Group and Unilever, Nestlé and Tech Mahindra, have set targets to reach net-zero emissions in their value chains, and they have committed to supporting the SME Climate Hub through the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders, a group of multinational corporations accelerating climate action throughout their global supply chains.
Joining the SME Climate Hub allows small businesses to join a community of like minded companies prioritizing climate action. Committed companies can position themselves at the forefront of their industries, alongside other leading players.
The SME Climate Commitment is the official pathway for small and medium sized businesses to join the Race to Zero. Businesses which commit to the SME Climate Hub will be globally recognized by the United Nations’ Race to Zero campaign.
The SME Climate Hub calls on small and medium sized businesses from around the world to join the commitment, and on national governments to take ambitious steps to build local SME climate action.
The science is clear: we need to halve our emissions by 2030 to deliver a zero-carbon world in time. To meet this goal, every business, no matter their size or industry, has a role to play. We need all companies around the world to commit to a net-zero future.