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Climate Leave by Renanne

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This proposal was moved to: Shifting Attitudes & Behavior 2015


A climate leave is the employee’s time off from work in an organization to care for the Earth through involvement in environmental projects.


Organization description

Renanne is a family-owned company (less than 10 employees) specializing in import & distribution of international natural & organic skincare niche brands on the Danish market.

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Nicolas Vallat

Contest team

Nicolas Vallat

Anne Frølund

Contest title

Climate leave

Contest question

A climate leave is the employee’s time off from work in an organization to care for the Earth through involvement in environmental projects.

Contest prompt

Mobilize for climate change.

Going on climate leave (the same way as we go on parental leave) benefits everyone.

Pay off for the employee: this time off from work (can also be spare time) will allow him/her support from his/her employer to get personally involved in social & environmental projects.

Pay off for the employer: while supporting projects of his/her employee in the field, the employer may be willing to bring some visibility to these projects as a part of the company's vision and/or CSR policy.

Pay off for the Earth: through the climate leave of absence initiative, all actors of the economy are involved in tackling climate change.

Many little streams make a mighty river.

Starting out with the understanding that we all need to build a caring, responsible, more sustainable world, small groups of people & organizations working together can create a momentum.

Additional materials

QUESTIONNAIRE: Climate Change Information Request (targeted to all businesses) - made by the CDP organization.

* Is climate change integrated into your business strategy? YES

* Did you have emissions reduction initiatives that were active within the reporting year? YES

* Have you published information about your organization’s response to climate change? YES

* Do you engage in activities that could either directly or indirectly influence public policy on climate change? YES

* Have you identified any climate change risks that have the potential to generate a substantive change in your business operations, revenue or expenditure? YES

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is organizing "Climate leadership awards" - We envision a "STAFF MEMBER CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS"

A leave of absence MAY/SHOULD be applied for by any employee willing to be a real climate ambassador:

"A leave of absence (LOA) is time allowed away from work, generally requested by an employee, to cover unusual circumstances occurring in the employee’s life. The leave of absence is used when the employee’s time off from work is not covered under an employer’s existing benefits such as sick leave, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid time off.

(...) During periods of time where the employer's market is sluggish, some employers offer certain classes of employees an opportunity to take an unpaid leave of absence as extra vacation time, in an effort to temporarily reduce operating expenses without the complications of performing a Layoff, and potentially losing critical employees permanently. Such a period is referred to as a leave of absence in lieu of layoff. In academia, "unpaid leave of absence" has no negative connotation.