Practical Steps to Help Association Members Prepare for Climate Change
August 5, 2020
Climate change is a growing global threat, requiring everyone to play their part to reverse it. This includes industry, business and professional associations who need to equip their members to mitigate and prepare for the accelerating climate emergency.
The Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations was developed to help with this task.
The Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations is a treasure trove of resources, best practices, and steps associations can pursue to help their members respond to the climate crisis – and make sure they are future-fit. It includes an interactive benchmark tool that associations can use to rank themselves and see how current efforts stack up. It pinpoints gaps that can be addressed through climate change action plans.
In the Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations you will also find a business case, barrier-busting strategies, and a roadmap to put your association on a positive path.
The Guide’s release coincides with a pivotal moment in human history. As the world is overcome by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, human health and the economy arise as paramount priorities. 2020 also initiates the 10-year countdown before the effects of climate change – which will be the world’s largest health and economic crisis – become potentially irreversible. We produced this Guide to put climate change on the radar of associations and their members when society recovers from the pandemic and re-thinks business-as-usual.
Here’s what Association Leaders say about the need for action and how the Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations can help:
“I truly believe that since associations can set a direction and policy for their members that extends far beyond profit margins and political timelines, that we can – and must – play a leading role in advancing climate change solutions. Professional associations and their members have a responsibility to act on climate change, not only because stakeholders are demanding it, but because it is the right thing to do. BCCIC’s Climate Change Guide for Industry and Professional Associations can help associations develop and advance their climate change practices to fulfill that responsibility and create lasting value for their members.”
– Beth McMahon, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Institute of Planners
“Taking initiative on climate change shows leadership to members and stakeholders, demonstrating that the sector wants to contribute to solutions that will benefit society as a whole. This leadership position can create value for members, and even recruit new members who are looking for guidance as they navigate climate change impacts and trends. This Guide is a great resource for any industry or trade association, large or small, who wants to start or enhance their climate change initiatives to help their members succeed in a warming future”.
– Paul Lansbergen, President, Fisheries Council of Canada