social enterprises and the enviroment

With a Government target to achieve carbon net zero by 2050 and growing acceptance of the climate emergency, the impacts of climate change are a – if not the – major issue of recent times.

Social enterprises are businesses with social and environmental missions. Most are social focused, some are predominantly environment-focused. Growing numbers are recognising and addressing the need to pursue both social and environmental objectives.

At SEUK we track our own environmental impact and are building a programme of work to support businesses seeking to start and expand their positive climate impact. We work with environment-mission members to highlight impacts and promote best practice. And we have begun collecting evidence to support our members to adapt to net zero and capitalise from opportunities in the growing green economy.

Quick wins and best practice: climate change and social enterprise

On 22 July we held an interactive online event which brought together social enterprises , corporates and sustainability experts to support social enterprises become more environmentally sustainable and play a bigger role in taking on the climate emergency. You can view the contributions of from our lead speakers in this recording:

Social Enterprises & Climate Change: What we know and what we need to find out

This paper sets out our initial findings on this important topic. It is the starting point for a journey to better understand, and support, social enterprises as they engage with climate change. It looks both at the wider literature around social enterprises and the climate and also looks into what measures social enterprises are taking to ensure they have a positive environmental impact.

Download the report here

Other Resources

Greening your business

SME Guide to Energy Efficiency – Department of Energy & Climate Change

Green Business Booklet – International Labour Organization

Energy Technology List (ETL) – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Declaring a climate emergency

Business Declares: Steps to Declare a Climate Emergency

B Lab – A playbook for business

Measuring climate change impacts

SME Carbon Footprint Calculator – Carbon Trust

Carbon Footprint: Business Carbon Footprint Calculator