FAQs

Where is Business Declares based?

This is a global campaign. Business Declares has started in London, UK and launched on September 20th 2019. You can declare from wherever you are in the world. Please tell us when you have declared so we can keep highlight your leadership and publicise the growing movement towards carbon neutrality.

How do I sign up as a business who has declared?

Please review the details here and supply information on your declaration. We will confirm to if and when you have been added you to the site.

I’m an employee, how do I engage my business?

We will be producing case studies to help you on how to engage your executive team and board and how to hold discussions and lunch and learns with other colleagues. The resources page offers a playbook developed by B Lab UK on How to declare a climate emergency. We recommend talking to those around you and in your sphere of influence initially, gaining support for declaring will help you to raise the question with your immediate manager or Head of Sustainability, or your CEO.

Do you check what actions people have taken?

We ask companies to share their Climate Emergency Plans within 6 months of declaring. Companies are asked to be transparent on the targets they are setting and their progress towards them, as shown on link. If actions are not being taken, we will review your presence on this website.

Where can I find resources to help my business declare?

We are providing resources such as the Playbook on How to Declare a climate emergency and developing new material and case studies. If you find useful resources that we can highlight please send them to info@businessdeclares.com

Is there a way to connect with other supporters?

We plan to hold webinars and events to connect businesses to share best practice and progress in confidential forums. Do contact us if you wish to make contact with other companies on our email info@businessdeclares.com.

Does declaring emergency mean promoting illegal activity?

Our legal advice (in UK law) is that making a declaration of climate emergency is not a criminal act. Dozens of councils across the political spectrum, including the Greater London Authority, Bristol and Manchester have already declared Climate Emergency: climateemergency.uk.

How long will Business Declares exist?

Business Declares is a time limited campaign to end 2020 to encourage and enable as many businesses as possible to declare a climate and ecological emergency. We are set up as a not for profit company and run by volunteer business leaders.

How do I sign up as a supporter?

Please review the details here and supply information on your plans. We will confirm when you have been added to the site. If you wish to discuss how you join and how to start the journey towards declaring please contact us on info@businessdeclares.com

Does it cost to sign up?

No, however we are a volunteer organisation and would appreciate donations of time, people or contributions to support events.

Can any company join?

We reserve the right as an organisation to not allow businesses to declare with us, if they are significantly contributing to global heating through their core business model unless they are completely re -thinking their business model. Organisations who are involved in activities which cause great ecological harm and are not making significant plans to change would also not be able to join.

Do all businesses that have declared have to physically strike i.e. joining the Global Climate Strike on 20th September?

We understand that allowing your teams to strike may not be possible for a variety of reasons. We do, however, want to encourage efforts to highlight the climate emergency. We suggest you use your communication channels to educate employees, staff, customers and stakeholders to encourage participation and ongoing climate action. For more information on how to support the strike website:https://globalclimatestrike.net/

What is your link to Extinction Rebellion?

We understand the need for protest on climate breakdown both by youth and adults. We have been inspired by the leadership shown by Extinction Rebellion in raising the profile of the climate emergency and initially started this campaign as a result of protest in April in London, UK. We are a separate independent organisation focused on working with business.

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