The Climate Smart Network partners with global initiatives to empower climate smart small businesses.
The platform provides the means to enable small businesses to showcase their commitment to low carbon transition and resilience, the measures they have implemented following coaching, or their compliance to third party standards which address low carbon transition and resilience.
SME Climate Hub is a global initiative that aims to mainstream climate action in the small to medium sized business community, and enable SMEs to build resilient businesses for the future.
Businesses with under 500 employees represent 90% of business globally, and affect the livelihoods of over 2 billion people. We are here to support these businesses as they commit to their net zero journey. Our pragmatic approach removes the obstacles SMEs face as they take climate action — whether curbing emissions in their own business or getting green solutions to market.
The SME Climate Hub is an initiative founded by the We Mean Business Coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign in collaboration with Oxford University and Normative. The SME Climate Commitment is the official pathway for small and medium sized businesses to join the United Nations global Race to Zero campaign.
GOTS was founded by four well-reputed organizations: Organic Trade Association (OTA, USA), Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft (IVN, Germany), The Soil Association (UK) and Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA, Japan). Two of these (IVN and JOCA) are textile industry organizations, while the other two (OTA and Soil Association) are organic organizations rooted in organic agriculture and food. Together, they hold extensive experience in promoting ‘organic’ and all have developed individual processing standards for organic textiles. GOTS came about from the desire to harmonize these standards so that they were internationally recognized. The GOTS organization draws on the advice of, and input from, other relevant international stakeholder organizations and experts for regular standard updates.
ConnectAmericas is the largest business platform in Latin America and the Caribbean created in 2014 by the Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with Google, Mastercard, Sealand, Meta and DHL.
Our objective is to help small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) do more and better business and investments in their countries and abroad. We provide free training for entrepreneurs, we support them in their internationalization process, we connect them with clients and suppliers abroad and we facilitate them with financing options for SMEs.
Likewise, supporting the Inter-American Development Bank’s 2025 vision, ConnectAmericas generates activities focused on small and medium-sized companies, gender and diversity, climate change, sustainability and nearshoring.
Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions featured the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contributed to sustainable development. The standard enables the certification of projects which maximize impact, create value for people around the world and the planet we share.
There are currently 2,600 Gold Standard-certified projects worldwide, which have collectively created over $31 Billion in shared value for climate action + sustainable development. At the end of 2021, Gold Standard has issued 209 million carbon credits from projects based in more than 98 different countries around the world.
Voluntary high-quality carbon credits are a critical way to unlock private capital for climate action that would not have otherwise happened. When used above and beyond the company’s decarbonisztion efforts, high-quality carbon credits have the potential to significantly accelerate climate change mitigation and sustainable development.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the U.S. Department of State seek to increase climate action globally, with a special focus on small businesses.
Building on ITC’s unique role in supporting small businesses on the ground in developing countries and
the Department of State’s diplomatic priorities and existing programs, the initiative aims to support climate smart small businesses to access international markets, as well as to bring their voices to the tables of international