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Climate action

Open Briefing declares a climate emergency. The interrelated threat of the climate crisis and ecological breakdown endangers us all. But the impacts are not yet felt equally. Many of the people and communities that we work with live in places where global heating and the destruction of ecosystems are changing their lives and livelihoods today. Existing social, economic, and racial injustices multiply these impacts. This will only get worse in a world of growing inequality and closing civic space. Radical action is needed now.

We make three climate action commitments in support of our climate emergency declaration. These are built on the principle of climate justice and supporting the most-affected people and areas (MAPA).

We commit to being a carbon positive organisation.

  • We are decarbonising our organisation by setting and meeting annual emission-reduction targets.
  • We are offsetting more than our remaining carbon emissions by directly funding high-quality carbon avoidance projects in countries in the global majority.

We commit to supporting the people and communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

  • We are expanding our support to environmental and climate defenders at risk.
  • We are directly funding environmental justice and climate projects with the most-affected people and areas.

We commit to inspiring climate action inside and outside our organisation.

  • We are communicating our climate emergency declaration and climate positive commitment to stakeholders.
  • We are encouraging our stakeholders to take action to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

Please see our climate action policy for more information on our transformative work in this area.

At Open Briefing, we donate 1% of our turnover from client work to local environmental justice and climate projects with the most-affected people and areas, certified by 1% for the Planet.

We are a Climate Action Workforce and offset more than the personal carbon emissions of each of our employees. We are also a Climate Perks accredited employer and offer our employees additional paid leave when using sustainable travel options. We encourage climate activism by providing staff with additional paid leave to attend protests and other forms of non-violent civil disobedience.

As a remote-first organisation, we deliver our support and services remotely where possible and we consider carbon alongside impact and risk when assessing potential travel. We also recognise the importance of our digital carbon footprint, and have increased our web sustainability by making this a low-carbon website.

Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the CIVICUS global civil society alliance and the Vuka! coalition