Time for Climate Action is an initiative set up by the non-profit organisation, Leaders for Climate Action, taking place April 19th - 25th in honor of Earth Day. Among the campaign supporters, alongside Computop are tech companies such as Spotify, Ecosia, Blablacar, Flixbus, Home24, flaschenpost, ebay Kleinanzeigen, Cabify, Universal Music and many more.
The goal is to increase awareness around the fact that businesses need to walk the talk and that tech companies have a role to play as leaders in the fight against climate change.
“We have to take climate change and its consequences seriously. Now is the time to act. For Computop, the Time for Climate Action project week provides an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the issue and galvanise people to think about how they can make real change, and take real action to stop climate change. There is power in working together, but we need to do it now.” — Ralf Gladis, Founder and CEO of Computop.
With the global reach of these tech companies combined, the campaign aims to reach more than 50 million people and trigger 1 million immediate, but impactful actions against the climate crisis. To achieve these goals, participating companies have joined forces to make climate action easily accessible for everyone, as well as to disclose their own carbon footprint and implement carbon reduction measures themselves.
It’s concrete. It’s now.
The campaign reinforces how simple, concrete actions — like reducing your own carbon footprint — is linked to controlling climate change and gives people a sense of empowerment. This impact comes through two main channels:
- The first is through the main campaign page, where all visitors can take quick and easy climate action. In under 10 minutes, the website enables visitors to take a diverse range of actions, including: changing their household power supply to renewable energy, taking climate action in their workplace, switching to a green bank account, planting trees while they browse, demanding change from politicians, measuring and reducing their own footprint and more. Many of these actions are communicated in an educational, easy-to-share format, like this video which participating companies will share across their social media channels.
- The second is through the company's products and services. Many campaign supporters have built special, climate-friendly features on their platforms, making climate action just one click away for their users. They are educating customers about sustainable solutions in their sector; promoting more sustainable product alternatives; planting trees for every transaction during campaign week; and much more. Each supporter is on a mission to leverage their unique resources.
Computop established climate-neutral payment in e-commerce in 2020, and the entire company is committed to taking action on climate protection. The staff have founded an internal group to exchange ideas on how Computop can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. As part of the Time for Climate project week, the company will support the "Plastic Bank" project in Haiti, which encourages marine plastic to be collected from people who can use it to send their children to school, for example. The wild plastic is then recycled, if possible, and processed into rubbish or shipping bags. Please see below or on our campaign overview page for further examples.
It’s all about action and transparency
Our goal is real action, not perfection. While most of the participating companies are not 100% sustainable, they all have pledged to minimize their carbon footprint, put sustainability goals high on their agenda, and have a proven track of climate protection efforts. They are either climate neutral already or have pledged to become climate neutral by the end of the year, at least on an operational level. Additionally, they have implemented multiple reduction measures to date, and have a clear climate protection strategy for the rest of 2021. The companies involved in this campaign are publicly and transparently disclosing all of these efforts on the campaign page.
Quotes and a few examples of campaign participation:
Computop has switched to green electricity as part of its commitment to the environment.
Computop client, Shop Apotheke is flagging up vegan and vegetarian products on their website, offering them as alternatives; designing a slow delivery option; and engaging their suppliers in conversations about sustainability.
About Leaders for Climate Action:
LFCA is a global community of 1200 digital entrepreneurs, united by the will to counter the climate crisis through their own, concrete actions and to demand more effective legislation from policymakers. Their vision is to turn the digital industry climate neutral worldwide and thus set an example for other industries.