LEaF joins the SME Climate Hub

LEaF Translations joins the SME Climate Hub and commits to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 towards net zero before 2050.

LEaF Translations announced today that they have become one of the first translation companies in the UK to join the SME Climate Hub, a new groundbreaking one-stop-shop climate action platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to curb carbon emissions, build business resilience and take climate leadership. 

The SME Climate Hub is co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the We Mean Business coalition and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, and has received support from several supply chain leaders, including BT Group, Ericsson, IKEA, Telia and Unilever, as well as funding support from Amazon and Verizon. 

LEaF Translations has become one of the first signatories to the UN-recognised “SME Climate Commitment”, which forms part of the SME Climate Hub. In making this commitment, LEaF Translations has pledged to halve its carbon emissions by 2030, achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and to regularly report on progress towards these aims. 

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“We have been planting trees to offset our emissions since 2020. The LEaF Forest now has over 700 trees and we have offset over 22 tonnes of CO2. But we recognise that there is so much more to do and that we still have much to learn. So we have joined the SME Climate Hub – a platform designed to help and support UK-based SMEs develop a robust climate strategy, cut their emissions and encourage other businesses to do the same.”

— Lucy Pembayun, Founder of LEaF Translations

The SME Climate Hub was launched at the start of the UN General Assembly Week and New York Climate Week by the High Level Climate Action Champion for the United Kingdom, Nigel Topping and has received initial financial support from Amazon and Verizon, through their partnership with the We Mean Business coalition. 

The SME Climate Hub will provide SMEs with a range of accessible tools and resources to help them reduce emissions and build business resilience. The platform will couple these tailored resources with opportunities for businesses to unlock direct commercial incentives – from government tax breaks to procurement preferences provided by major businesses such as BT Group, Ericsson, Ikea, Telia and Unilever, who have all agreed to work with their SME suppliers to improve climate performance and also provide concrete tools, share knowledge and exchange best practices for implementing robust climate strategies through the SME Climate Hub. 

SME Climate Hub

One of the most pressing existential threats to SMEs is climate emergency. It has the potential to slow economic growth by causing material damage; limiting resource availability; causing shifts in demand; leading to business interruptions and production disruptions; causing supply chain interference; and forcing business closures. With 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopening after a disaster, curbing carbon emissions and building business resilience is critical. 

There are six million SMEs in the UK and and these businesses are responsible for half the turnover of the private sector and three fifths of employment. SMEs are therefore the backbone of the UK’s economy and the SME Climate Hub will support them in slashing their emissions.

About the SME Climate Hub 

The SME Climate Hub is an initiative founded by the International Chamber of Commerce, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the We Mean Business coalition and the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign, with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized businesses to build business resilience. The SME Climate Hub provides a one-stop-shop for SMEs to commit to climate action and access tools, incentives and other resources designed to make it easier than ever for small and medium-sized businesses to cut carbon emissions, bring innovative green solutions to market and build business resilience. 

For more information about the SME Climate Hub, visit: www.smeclimatehub.org 

About the SME Climate Commitment: 

The SME Climate Hub provides any business with less than 500 employees with the opportunity to publicly demonstrate its commitment to climate action by signing the SME Climate Commitment. Making the commitment means that your business will start to take immediate climate action in order to: 

  1. Halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 
  2. Achieve net zero emissions before 2050 
  3. Disclose progress on a yearly basis 

For more information about the SME Climate Commitment, visit: https://www.smeclimatehub.org/sme- climate-commitment

About the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 

ICC is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries with a mission to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere.

Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation — in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce. 

We act as the primary voice of the real economy in a range of intergovernmental organizations – from the United Nations to the World Trade Organization – championing the needs of local business in global decision making. Find out more at: iccwbo.org.

About Exponential Roadmap Initiative 

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative brings together technology innovators, scientists, companies and NGOs, with the mission to accelerate climate action exponentially. The initiative has released the Exponential Roadmap, highlighting the 36 solutions that can scale exponentially to halve Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030 worldwide, and the 1.5°C Business Playbook, a guideline for companies and organisations of all sizes to set a 1.5°C aligned strategy and move to action. Find out more at: exponentialroadmap.org.

About the UNFCCC Race to Zero Campaign 

The UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign is an international campaign that brings together an unprecedented coalition of real economy actors and 120 governments committed to achieve net zero carbon emission by no later than 2050. These real economy actors include: 1,128 companies, 452 cities, 22 regions, 549 universities, 45 of the biggest investors and 2,100 chambers of commerce – creating the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by no later than 2050: the “Climate Ambition Alliance.” 

About the We Mean Business coalition 

We Mean Business is a global coalition of nonprofit organisations working with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The coalition brings together seven organisations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, The B Team, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Together we catalyse business action to drive policy ambition and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Find out more at: wemeanbusinesscoalition.org

About LEaF Translations

LEaF Translations is a carbon-neutral translation company based in York, UK, specialising in website translations and SEO translations, as well as translations for ethical businesses and the tourist industry. Founded in 2017, LEaF Translations is driven by its mission to prove that business can be ethical. The company has been planting trees to offset its emissions since 2020 and, in 2021, became the first translation company to join the Good Business Charter. For more information about LEaF Translations’ values, please click here.

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About the Author


Lucy Pembayun is the founder of LEaF Translations and a qualified German to English translator. Specialising in marketing, website and SEO translations, Lucy spent over a decade working as a freelance translator before launching LEaF Translations back in 2017. A passionate advocate for ethical business and sustainability, Lucy recently spoke on the topic of Net Zero for Businesses at the annual Business Summit for the York and North Yorkshire region. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring new places and cultures, playing and watching football, and spending time with her family and friends.