The SME Climate Hub is a pioneering global initiative that aims to mobilize and support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – at scale – to take climate action. It streamlines the path for SMEs to become climate resilient by providing a one-stop-shop where they can make and implement science-based climate commitments and unlock valuable incentives.
The Hub’s pragmatic approach focuses on removing the obstacles SMEs face as they take climate action, by offering free, innovative tools that help small businesses measure and manage emissions, educate themselves on climate action, design and implement plans, and communicate on progress. In addition to offering a library of external resources, curated by the Net Zero team at Oxford University, it provides a dedicated suite of tools specifically designed to address the needs of the SME community.
Over the past year, the SME Climate Hub has developed a strong relationship with the UK government via the ‘Together for Our Planet’ campaign. The initial launch of the campaign led to 49 pieces of UK media coverage which included a tweet from the Prime Minister urging SMEs to make the SME Climate Commitment to access a range of tools to cut their emissions.
Other milestones in 2021 included the launch of the SME Climate Hub in Spanish as well as multitude of events leading to and at COP26.
Alongside events and communications campaigns, all of the Hub’s strategic partnerships were activated within the past year. These include partnership launches with The Climate Pledge and Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, Intuit, and other outreach partners like the Climate Collaborative, International Finance Forum, British Fashion Council, UNGC, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.
The SME Climate Hub is a joint initiative of the We Mean Business Coalition, acting as host organization, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, Normative and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. Through the SME Climate Hub, we are creating a tipping point for mainstreaming climate action across businesses of all sizes, sectors, and geographies, and helping corporates that have made net zero commitments address their scope 3 emissions.