Business SUPPORT FOR THE CLIMATE STRIKES
The 20th and 27th September Climate Strikes will see people rise up around the world in what’s likely to be the largest climate mobilisation ever seen. In this, businesses have an important role to play.
This web page has been created to present a collection of as many different examples of the practices and policies businesses can adopt to support and promote the Strikes, or indeed to avoid doing so. All practices are categorised and described as POOR, OKAY, GOOD or EXCELLENT.
Businesses may use this REPORT CARD to assess their current practices and to see if and how they could adopt GOOD or EXCELLENT practices in support of the Strikes. Anyone can present the information collated below to any business. Use this as a tool to engage and educate companies you work for or buy from.
Use it to ask if and how a business supports the Strikes, and how good it believes its support for the Strikes to be. Use it to offer ideas and inspiration for those businesses yet to adopt an official position in respect of the Strikes. Ask businesses to support the Strikes and to support those of their employees who wish to strike.
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If you are the boss, please don't be POOR at this critical time for the planet. Please don't just be OKAY, this is a CLIMATE CRISIS, adopt GOOD or ideally EXCELLENT practices in pursuit of the Strikes!
statement describing excellent practices:
THE ENTIRE COMPANY CLOSES DOWN FOR THE DAY AND FULLY ENDORSES AND SUPPORTS THE CLIMATE STRIKE
excellent practice examples:
Encouragement and support from the CEO / company to strike (ideally in plenty of time to plan)
CEO or senior staff member engages with supply chain, and/or client & partner list, to explain about the organisation’s action and why they believe it is important, and encourages other organisations to join them (an example letter is available to view on our editable document)
Employees don’t need to use up their holiday or volunteer time in order to participate (and if staff use a time recording system, create a new code for “climate action” to record time against)
Full encouragement and support for all staff to change their email signatures in the weeks before, during and after the strike (and out of office message, during the strike)
Full page #ClimateStrike ‘takeover’ of the company website (with 1 line of code from this website, and Social Media takeover on all channels for the day
statement describing good practices:
THE COMPANY SUPPORTS THE CLIMATE STRIKE AND IS SUPPORTIVE OF ITS EMPLOYEES GOING ON STRIKE, BUT IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS
good practice examples:
Clear permission from the CEO / company to strike
Joins the Raise the Alarm action
Makes concerted efforts to promote and spread the word about #ClimateStrike
Adds a #ClimateStrike banner to the company website with 1 line of code from this website
Allows staff to change their email signatures on the days before, during and after the strike
statement describing okay practices:
THE COMPANY EVIDENCES SOME POLICIES AND PRACTICES WHICH ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE CLIMATE STRIKE BUT IT IS NOT A PRIORITY or ACTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE CLIMATE STRIKE ARE FEW AND AD HOC or THE COMPANY CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT SUPPORT FOR THE CLIMATE STRIKE IS NOT RELEVANT TO THE BUSINESS (E.G. IT HAS NO EMPLOYEES)
okay practice examples:
Official company comms channels mention #ClimateStrike
Other ad hoc activities to promote / mention #ClimateStrike [please specify]
Employees may strike but must use their holiday or volunteer time in order to participate
statement describing poor practices:
THE COMPANY IS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF THE CLIMATE STRIKE or EMPLOYEES HAVE TO USE SICK DAYS TO PARTICIPATE or EMPLOYEES HAVE TO MISLEAD THE BUSINESS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE FOR FEAR OF SANCTION OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION
poor practice examples:
Company does not publicly mention or promote #ClimateStrike in any way, or is critical of it
Company resists any attempt to promote the Climate Strike
Company prevents or forbids staff to join the Climate Strike
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