IoF announces raft of commitments for addressing climate emergency

Melanie May | 7 October 2019 | News

As the Extinction Rebellion kicks off two weeks of protests in London today, the Institute of Fundraising has announced its own set of measures to help both itself, and the fundraising sector, play their part in tackling the climate emergency.
In a letter to Institute of Fundraising members today, Chief Executive Peter Lewis said business as usual was not an option, and announced the set of actions, approved by the IoF’s Board of Trustees following consultation with members, which included a roundtable on fundraising and the environment.
The commitments include embedding the climate emergency as a theme in its work, providing more support to members on stepping away from partnerships if they have environmental concerns, and collaborating with the charity sector for a stronger voice.
Lewis said:

“We all have a responsibility to deliver change. We have been reducing the environmental impact of the Institute over the last few years. But we need to do more.”
“As fundraisers we have specific opportunities to make essential change. Whether it’s in the choices we make on how we fundraise, the donations we accept or refuse, or through the engagement we have with millions of people who support and donate to charities, we can be part of the of the change that’s needed. Each of our solutions might be different but one thing is clear: business as usual is not an option.”

The eight actions are:

Lewis is also inviting anyone who wants to be involved or has thoughts, comments, or ideas to send them through to him, or to policy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk.
 
 

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