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Council calls on businesses to help tackle poverty and climate change

News release from 10/03/2020

BUSINESSES are being encouraged to join Cambridge City Council’s drive to tackle climate change and poverty.

The council is offering direct support to help businesses take action on three key issues:

  1. Paying all employees the Real Living Wage and becoming accredited with the Living Wage Foundation;
  2. Supporting local good causes that are tackling poverty through employer supported volunteering;
  3. Reducing their carbon footprint and energy bills.

Information is being sent to businesses along with this year’s business rates bill and details on what they can do has also been included on the council’s website: www.cambridge.gov.uk/corporate-social-responsibility

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “We are seeking to create ‘one Cambridge, fair for all’. Cambridge is an economically dynamic and prosperous city, but this must be combined with social justice and equality.

“Recent studies have shown we live in the most unequal city in the UK and we are better equipped to address this inequality if the whole city works together. That means working together with residents, voluntary groups, local businesses and others so that we can make as big a difference as possible.

“Some businesses are already doing a lot to tackle poverty and inequality by paying the Real Living Wage and working in partnership with local good causes and charities, and we want even more to follow suit.

“Businesses can offer local good causes so much more than money. They are able to develop meaningful and lasting relationships with them by sharing other resources such as time, space or skills.”

Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said:  “The city council has been working to address climate change for many years and we are determined to do all we can to tackle the climate emergency by working towards a net zero carbon Cambridge, particularly as we know that the most vulnerable in society are likely to be worst affected by the impacts of climate change.

“The carbon emissions from the buildings we manage and the vehicles we operate have fallen by 25% over the last five years through a combination of our own efforts and decarbonisation of the grid. The council’s emissions now make up just 1.1% of all emissions in Cambridge. 

“We want to do more and that is why we want to work with businesses of all sizes to reduce their energy bills and their carbon emissions as we develop a new Climate Change Strategy over the course of the coming year. We hope that as many businesses as possible will sign up to the new Cambridge Climate Charter that is due to be launched later in the spring.”

For more information on the council’s work to tackle poverty visit: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/anti-poverty-strategy and Climate Change Strategy visit https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/climate-change-strategy