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American Red Cross Environmental, Social and Governance Report Published

12/12/2022 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The following message is from Noel Anderson, chief sustainability officer:

I am thrilled to introduce our first American Red Cross Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. This report shows our priorities and progress across a range of ESG topics — not only related to sustainability and climate change — but also diversity, equity and inclusion, mission delivery and the organization’s overall commitment to our people and the public. This marks a major milestone and sets the baseline for us to measure our progress for years to come.

This report is also notable as the Red Cross is one of the first humanitarian nonprofits to publish a complete ESG report, even though they are common among for-profit organizations. We are proud to lead the way for other nonprofits and we hope this report will help us to promote our ESG initiatives more broadly.

Our report is written per the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, which are the most widely used standards for ESG reporting. Some highlights include:

  • An achievement of a 15% reduction in overall energy consumption since FY19
  • Plans to adapt our mission to help those affected by climate-driven extreme weather
  • Efforts to improve our workplace and organizational culture, plus the ways we are investing in our employees and volunteers   

We are committed to making ESG a foundational aspect of our mission delivery, which will allow us to rise to new challenges and make a stronger and more resilient Red Cross. We encourage you to share the report with your teams, as well as donors and partners. 

Looking Ahead

While we are incredibly proud of this achievement, the Office of Sustainability and our partners across the Red Cross have been working on several other initiatives that we are excited to share with you.

We’ll be kicking off the new year with another Speaking on Sustainability event featuring Jamie Alexander from Project Drawdown. Jamie is a solutions-oriented corporate climate advocate, coalition builder and founding director of Drawdown Labs. We will be discussing workforce engagement around climate change and sustainability and how every job is a climate job. As part of our event with Jamie, we will be announcing some exciting new sustainability programs, including new ways for Red Crossers across the organization to get involved.

As always, we would love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts on how the Red Cross can be more sustainable using our “Bright Ideas” survey. And of course, you can always reach out to the Office of Sustainability.

Click here to read the full report American Red Cross Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report.

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