For Climate Protection and Children’s Rights: Dachser, terre des hommes and myclimate Join Forces

The international logistics service provider Dachser, the children’s rights organisation terre des hommes and myclimate are joining forces in a long-term partnership. They are pooling their expertise and resources to advance projects for climate protection, sustainable development and the rights of children and young people in the long term.

v.l.n.r. Moritz Makosch, Projektleiter Kundenprojekte (Stiftung myclimate), Charlotte Wiemann, Project Coordinator for Climate Protection and Child Rights (terre des hommes Deutschland e. V.), Nils Hegel, Consultant Climate Protection Corporate Research & Development (DACHSER), Magdalena Droppelmann, Department Head Idea2net Innovation Framework Corporate Research & Development (DACHSER), Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer & Chief Financial Officer (DACHSER), Joshua Hofert Vorstand Kommunikation/Sprecher | Executive Board/Spokesperson (terre des hommes Deutschland e. V.), Bernhard Simon Chairman of the Supervisory Board (DACHSER), Stefan Baumeister, Geschäftsführer myclimate Deutschland & Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung (myclimate Deutschland), Joana Seidler Corporate Partnerships Managerin (myclimate Deutschland), Burkhard Eling Chief Executive Officer (DACHSER), Michael Hipp, Teamleiter Corporate Partnerships (myclimate Deutschland), Andre Kranke , Head of Corporate Research & Development (DACHSER) Foto: DACHSER / Matthias Sienz

The partnership between Dachser, myclimate and terre des hommes is planned to run for six years and comprises two complementary fields of action: the development of climate protection projects certified according to recognised standards with myclimate in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as the development of projects in cooperation with terre des hommes that focus on supporting children and young people around the world with an added climate protection aspect.  

Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Dachser, emphasises the special nature of the new partnership: “We will not only make a financial contribution, but will also play a significant role in the design of the project. For us, carbon credits are not the main focus. Nor do we intend to use the positive climate effects expected from the projects for offsetting purposes or advertising messages such as ‘climate-neutral’, or to pass them on to third parties. We want to advance climate action with targeted and long-term initiatives. In myclimate, we have found a very experienced partner, and we look forward to working together to achieve our high standards.”

Joana Seidler, Corporate Partnerships Manager, leads the partnership work at myclimate and adds: “I find it remarkable how honest and motivated Dachser is when it comes to climate protection. It reflects myclimate’s holistic approach that Dachser has both reduced operational emissions in the long term and recognised that immediate measures in the form of climate protection projects are also needed to achieve the global climate target. I am delighted that this partnership brings together three players who are strategically pooling their knowledge and resources for this purpose!”  

While myclimate promotes measurable climate protection and sustainable development worldwide through its project work, terre des hommes and its local partner organisations have many years of experience in working with children and young people fighting for their right to a healthy environment. Project selection and programme management are therefore overseen by a steering committee with representatives from Dachser, terre des hommes and myclimate.

“We want to make an honest and meaningful contribution to environmental and climate protection,” says Bernhard Simon, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dachser and member of the climate protection partnership’s steering committee. “As a logistics service provider, we focus on actively reducing emissions through process and energy efficiency as well as research and development. But we are also involved beyond the company’s boundaries. Our agreement with myclimate and terre des hommes now provides a sustainable framework for these activities.” In particular, the involvement of our long-standing partner terre des hommes is an important building block that sets this project apart from other climate initiatives. “People in emerging and developing countries are being hit hard by climate change. We want to engage in local efforts to preserve and improve the livelihoods of children and young people,” Bernhard Simon continues.  

Joint development

myclimate – together with terre des hommes – is responsible for the development of the project portfolio and ongoing programme management in cooperation with local partners. Important requirements for all projects are sustainability and long-term viability, a clear contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and measurable indicators to be certified according to recognised standards.

Stefan Baumeister, Managing Director myclimate Germany, explains: “For us, this agreement is special. Long-term partnerships like the one we have with Dachser are the key to effective projects that promote both climate protection and social development. The extraordinarily extensive collaboration that is planned will make it possible to implement many more of the climate protection measures that are urgently needed around the world!”

The partnership will focus on community projects. These include access to clean local energy and energy for cooking, improved access to drinking water, improvements in agriculture and food security, and waste management and e-mobility. Technical measures to reduce CO2 emissions are also conceivable.  

Climate protection to ensure better livelihoods

Local support, especially for children and young people, is also at the heart of the partnership with terre des hommes. Here, myclimate will advise and support the international children’s rights organisation, especially on quality and certification issues.

Joshua Hofert, Head of Communications at terre des hommes. “The climate crisis is having a major impact on the lives of impoverished and disadvantaged children in many regions around the world. Every year, around 1.7 million children under the age of five die from diseases caused by poor environmental conditions. Every child has the right to live in a healthy environment. Our new partnership with Dachser and myclimate aims to help realise this right.”  

Since 2005, Dachser has been working with terre des hommes to help people to help themselves and to implement children’s rights worldwide. Various projects in South Asia, Southern Africa, Latin America and Ukraine aim to improve the lives of children and young people today and in the future.

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