Education resources supplier joins global initiative to fight climate change

Kathy Oxtoby
Monday, May 30, 2022

Education resources supplier Findel has joined more than 3,000 businesses across 70 countries taking part in the global Science-Based Targets Initiative, which helps companies set targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Education resources supplier Findel has been accepted by the global Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) after setting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in line with climate science.

The SBTi helps companies set targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and then holds them to account throughout their journey through recording and reporting publicly on their results.

Headquartered in Hyde, Greater Manchester, Findel joins more than 3,000 businesses across 70 countries in 15 industries taking part in the SBTi. Other companies involved in the initiative include Coca Cola, Adidas, Marks & Spencer and Volkswagen Group.

Making products sustainable

Findel is one of the first education supplies sector companies in the UK to be accepted onto the SBTi. The business is also one of only 230 companies in the UK with an approved science-based target that will be monitored by the SBTi, Findel said.

Findel’s brands and websites offer more than 32,000 products to educators and parents based in the UK and overseas with the business exporting to 130 countries. Findel’s brands comprise HopeGLSDavies Sports and Philip Harris.

The SBTi considers targets ‘science-based’ if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – the legally binding international treaty on climate change. These goals are ‘limiting global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C’,  Findel said.

Findel’s pathway to reach the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement has now been validated by the SBTi.

Actions Findel is taking include specific commitments to improve its carbon footprint and making its products sustainable, or sustainably improved, with a focus on removing single use plastic. The company has also set an overall objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

Preventing the most damaging effects of climate change

Findel chief executive, Chris Mahady, said: ‘Climate change is here, it’s now and it’s one of the greatest challenges of our time.

‘We are committed to taking the lead and transforming the education supplies sector towards a more sustainable future.

‘As a business working at the heart of education, we understand how what we do directly influences children. We therefore recognise our responsibility to take ownership and make the change required to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change.

‘We will continue to work hard across all aspects of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments to transform our business operations to suit a future low-carbon economy. We will do this by doing not what is easy, but what is necessary.’

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