What is involved in being a Business for Clean Air?
In signing up to become a Business for Clean air, companies commit to think and act on air pollution through a four-stage process:
1. Make a public commitment to becoming a Business for Clean Air
This public commitment on how your company will think and act on air pollution could take many forms. For example, through an acknowledgement in a Sustainability or other report, formal letter addressed to Global Action Plan stating the company’s intention, or completion of the Business for Clean Air Commitment template.
To ensure a company’s commitment is showcased on our website, signatory companies are encouraged to notify Global Action Plan of their public commitment, via email to [email protected]
2. Appoint a senior sponsor for implementation
Aligning air pollution with other sustainability challenges is a sensible way to address air pollution. By integrating such efforts within your Sustainability team’s existing portfolio, effective ways of tackling air pollution can be integrated alongside other related issues, such as climate change. In committing to the principles, which requires an annual progress report, air pollution will become one of your company’s sustainability issues that has C-suite oversight.
3. Understand company’s contribution to air pollution and act on findings
The first step in addressing air quality is to understand how your business is contributing to air pollution. In carrying out this exercise, your company will need to map how its business operations give rise to certain pollutants, as well as map the related activities of others that support your company’s operations, such as the use of deliveries to the office and other work-related buildings. Following this mapping stage, your company will want to develop a strategy to address air pollution. This could be a stand-alone Clean Air Plan, or the approach could be integrated into existing sustainability or climate change strategies.
4. Demonstrate progress
Each Clean Air Day in June, signatory companies are encouraged to highlight their progress through completion of a Business for Clean Air report. The reporting template mirrors the Principles, so it will be easy for your company to track progress against the principles.
Like many other sustainability initiatives, the Business for Clean Air principles act on a report or explain premise, therefore, if your company is unable to report on any action within the year, you can state this clearly and rearticulate a commitment to act on air pollution in the following year. If your company is unable to report no action on air pollution within two years of signing up, your company logo will be removed from the Business for Clean Air signatory commitment page.
Why have we created B4CA?
Society needs a movement of progressive businesses normalising corporate action on air quality. This is why Business for Clean Air has been developed.
Since Global Action Plan launched National Clean Air Day in 2017, thousands of businesses have become involved in the campaign, and we know that the business community has many champions of clean air. But speedy action on air pollution requires shared learning so that once a problem is solved, everyone can repeat the trick. We also need more organisations getting stuck in, which they will do if the bold first few evangelise about the benefits of better air quality.
The UK urgently requires reduced road transport, cleaner vehicles, lower industrial, construction and agricultural emissions, and replacing furnishings and products that cause indoor pollution. The business community has a vital role to play in ushering in this transition, through innovation, sustainable business practices, and making it easy for employees and customers to do their bit. The Business For Clean Air initiative aims to inspire this shared learning and increase in action.
The Business For Clean Air initiative aims to inspire this shared learning and increase in action.
- We aim to engage hundreds of the UK’s largest businesses by 2022
- We aim to give companies direction, a network and recognition.
- We aim to enable the tracking of industry's progress towards cleaning up the air in the UK.
- We aim to elevate the minimum standard for business action on air pollution.
What companies are eligible to sign up?
We have decided to focus this initiative on large businesses because we can only process and track a limited number of participants and by prioritising the involvement of larger entities we are likely to see greater improvements in air quality from each participant. We aim in the future to be able to broaden out the Business for Clean Air initiative to include SMEs.