Small and medium businesses are a huge part of our economy and society, representing 90% of businesses worldwide and affecting the livelihoods of over 2 billion people. Enabling businesses to take action (and be part of the solution) is a critical component of addressing the climate crisis. However, our research revealed that both a lack of knowledge and a fear of ‘greenwashing’ are major barriers to businesses’ climate engagement.
In this report, our Chief Impact Officer Brian Johnston looks at how to fill the gap between SMEs’ intentions to take climate action and their lack of knowledge and resources on how to do it. By exploring the basic tools and incentives necessary to take meaningful climate action, SMEs can start their journey and lead the way to a low carbon economy for others to follow.
We don’t need a crystal ball to predict that economies globally will likely get worse before they get better; or that energy prices and interest rates will continue to rise. But what does it all mean for the climate; consumers and banks? Emma Kisby, Cogo’s CEO UK/EU; and Julie Lindenberg, Cogo’s CEO APAC, sat down recently to discuss the themes they believe will play out over the months ahead and what it will take for us all to achieve lasting change.
As global leaders gathered in Egypt for COP27 over the past two weeks, it became clear that the only way out of the climate crisis is together. This week, as the conference is aptly followed by International Leadership Week, we’re sharing how business leaders can think beyond their teams and organisations to the communities and collaborators that will make positive climate action and goals possible.
Last month, the Cogo team travelled to Las Vegas to attend Money20/20, the biggest conversation in fintech. The event is all about the future of the industry, so we went to make sure climate change was at the forefront of fintech innovation.