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The Climate Group partnership wins top Business Charity Award

17 May 2012
The Climate Group partnership wins top Business Charity Award

LONDON: The HSBC Climate Partnership, a five-year program between The Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, HSBC, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and WWF, has won a top category at the Business Charity Awards, for what the judging panel called a “truly impressive achievement”.

The Partnership collected the ‘Charity Partnership: Financial and professional’ category award, which honors the top partnerships providing financial or professional services to a UK charity.

During the Partnership, which began in 2007, each partner had its own specialized focus. The Climate Group’s was to work with global governments and businesses to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon technologies. One of these initiatives was the trials of LED street lights in cities across the world, including Beijing, London, Mumbai and New York.

Overall, the Partnership aimed to:

  • Reduce the carbon emissions of major cities
  • Measure the effects of climate change on the world's forests
  • Help prepare major rivers and waterways - and the millions of people who depend on them - for climate change
  • Engage thousands of people in climate action and research, equipping them to act as ‘climate champions’ in their workplace and community 
  • Build HSBC employees’ capability and commitment to sustainable business practice.

Third Sector magazine’s Business Charity Awards recognize the achievements of businesses and charities that are working together to deliver positive impacts for their communities.

Newsreader Huw Edwards hosted the black-tie awards ceremony. He remarked: “The winners were even more impressive than last year and the year before that - and my sincerest congratulations to you all."

One of the category judges, Peter Gilheany, Director, Forster Communications, described the HSBC Climate Partnership as "a truly impressive achievement, built on strategic vision and commitment across the board".

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group said: “The Climate Group is honored to have received this impressive award and we are thankful for the important work our partners have delivered since 2007. When the HSBC Climate Partnership was conceived, it demonstrated real thought leadership in the way that the private sector and NGOs can work together for good. HSBC’s research has been particularly invaluable in highlighting the potential size of the global market for low carbon goods and helping us demonstrate the undoubted benefits to those who seize the opportunity to lead the transition to a prosperous low carbon world. Leading Partnerships like this are key to our efforts to help drive a Clean Revolution.”

Read the HSBC Climate Partnership Review 2010

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