Acevo signs up to third sector climate change agreement

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, braved the cold of a community woodland in the Doncaster constituency of Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband to plant a tree marking the umbrella body's decision to sign up to the Third Sector Declaration on Climate Change.

Stephen Bubb (left) and Ed Miliband
Stephen Bubb (left) and Ed Miliband
The declaration, which was launched in June by Miliband and his brother, Chancellor and former environment secretary David, is a statement of intent to tackle climate change by taking action within organisations and communities. It was drawn up by Every Action Counts, a consortium of more than 20 environmental charities. So far, 155 organisations have signed up.

Bubb said Acevo had decided to sign up to mark the end of its 20th anniversary year. He said: “The third sector has a key role to play in tackling climate change. By reducing our own outputs, supporting members in adapting to climate change and pushing for the Government to implement environment-friendly policies, we can play our part in leading the third sector.”

The event also marked the launch of conservation charity BTCV’s position paper on climate change, which sets out its plans to measure its own carbon footprint and put tackling climate change at the heart of its business planning.

Acevo has also been given £500,000 over three years by the Big Lottery Fund to fund leadership development programmes for regional sector organisations. Bursaries will be available for charities that want to take part.

Bubb said: “Regional activity is a key priority for third sector leaders outside London, and Acevo will focus training and advice on priority issues for the sector, including governance, procurement, performance management and engagement with stakeholders.”

And Acevo’s popular guide to full cost recovery, published with New Philanthropy Capital, is now available to download for free.

The guide, launched four years ago, has been used to train procurement officials, bringing benefits to an estimated 4,000 charities.

Orli Gorenski, head of the full cost recovery programme at Acevo, said: “It’s our best-selling publication, so it is clear just how valuable this information has been for the sector.”

The guide can be downloaded from www.fullcostrecovery.org.uk, www.acevo.org.uk or www.philanthropycapital.org.

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