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  • This workshop will consider how our changing environment, in particular through climate change, is likely to shape working practices in third sector organisations. It will do so by exploring how the environment affects beneficiaries/service users, the role the third sector can play in advocating for the environment, how issues such as climate change may shape the operation of third sector organisations and the expectations that external partners may have of third sector organisations in terms of environmental action.
  • The environment graham smith

    1. 1. The environment: an underdeveloped agenda for the third sector? Graham Smith
    2. 2. <ul><li>TSRC work-stream on ‘environment and the third sector’- three year project </li></ul><ul><li>Three components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping the environmental third sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental performance management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shaping low carbon practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research is not just about ‘green’ groups, but how the sector as a whole is responding to the environmental agenda </li></ul>About our research
    3. 3. The rallying cry… <ul><li>In the UK, the third sector holds the key to creating a new politics of climate change. The environmental community has been the dominant actor within the sector to date. But this is not simply an environmental issue. We must now unleash the full power of the sector. (Stephen Hale 2008: 23) </li></ul>
    4. 4. NCVO on climate change <ul><li>Climate change is not just an environmental issue: it affects all of us. Voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) need to understand how our actions impact on the environment – and how a changing climate will impact on those we support, and on the work that we do. </li></ul><ul><li>VCOs have a crucial role to play in tackling the challenge of climate change. For example you can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare for the changing weather patterns we are starting to experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect or support your beneficiaries to cope with these changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce your organisation's carbon footprint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaign for a more sustainable future. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. An emerging agenda... <ul><li>“ We were late to the party” </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Exec of leading umbrella organisation </li></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Defra, Third Sector Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Green Alliance, New Politics of Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Charity Commission, Going Green </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><li>ACEVO, The Sustainability Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Third Sector Task Force created </li></ul><ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Baring Foundation, An Unexamined Truth </li></ul><ul><li>Third Sector Task Force, Shaping Our Future </li></ul>
    6. 6. Key themes… <ul><li>Third sector organisations particularly well placed to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lobby political authorities and other actors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate the environment into their policies and working practices (mainstreaming) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote more sustainable behaviours amongst members, beneficiaries, wider community, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But how realistic in practice? </li></ul>
    7. 7. An example: adopting EPMTs <ul><li>EMPTs = environmental performance management tools! </li></ul><ul><li>Applied to ensure systematic consideration of environment in everyday decision making. </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively little knowledge and understanding amongst key actors (third sector and government), let alone wider sector – cf. social impact. </li></ul>
    8. 8. An example: adopting EPMTs <ul><li>Resource implications brake on widespread adoption. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sector-specific tools that recognise diversity of TSO forms. </li></ul><ul><li>Emergence of bespoke systems – but accreditation? </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of pressure within sector – likely to be external drivers – e.g. sustainable procurement agenda. </li></ul>
    9. 9. From policy to practice? <ul><li>Demands of core mission of most TSOs means that systematic consideration of the environment is not a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Often rely on ‘champions’ within TSOs that push the environmental agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of resources (time/finance) available to support development of policy and practice. </li></ul><ul><li>C.f. Baring Trust, An Unexamined Truth </li></ul>
    10. 10. Questions to consider… <ul><li>What can/should we expect from TSOs? </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent does the ‘Big Society’ agenda enable environmental action across the sector? </li></ul><ul><li>How can TSOs be better supported to address environmental issues? </li></ul><ul><li>How can environmental and non-environmental third sector organisations work together to maximise impact on climate change adaptation and mitigation? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Please get in touch <ul><li>Milena Büchs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rebecca Edwards (lead contact) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>02380 595859 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graham Smith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Further details and working papers are available from </li></ul>