We recognise that climate change is a key issue for children and threatens the realisation of their rights. We have a responsibility to help vulnerable communities adapt to the realities of climate change, and to mitigate the impact of climate change, including by minimising the environmental impact and carbon footprint resulting from our own activities.

The aim of our sustainability policy is to minimise our carbon footprint and other negative environmental impacts, by:

  • Auditing and reporting our carbon footprint
  • Reducing resource consumption
  • Re-using as much waste as reasonably possible
  • Procuring sustainable products
  • Recycling as much waste as possible
  • Compensating for our residual carbon footprint
  • Educating and enthusing all staff to be environmental champions

Read our environmental policy in full

Our carbon footprint

We are proud to announce that UNICEF UK has reduced its carbon footprint by 67 per cent over five years since 2007.

Our total carbon footprint for 2012 was 657.70 tonnes CO2e, a massive reduction from 2013.83 tonnes in 2007. This equates to 3 tonnes per full time equivalent staff member (13 in 2007), or 2.68 tonnes per £100,000 of expenditure (12.5 in 2007).

Addendum: Many organisations restrict their carbon footprint measurements to energy use and travel. However, we believe that such reporting significantly underestimates an organisation’s true emissions so we have included paper and water use.