Background

The UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is part of an international charitable organisation whose statutory aims are in the fields of arts, social welfare, education and science. They aim to create the conditions for change by connecting across borders of all kinds – national, cultural, organisational, disciplinary and social.

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Cavendish has been supporting the UK Branch in leading its Citizen Engagement on Climate strand, which will help build and evidence a public mandate to tackle climate change.

Having evidenced the necessity of public engagement to realise carbon neutrality, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation identified a lack of civil engagement by the Government on the road towards COP26, and appointed Cavendish Advocacy to develop a Westminster influence campaign to tackle this issue.

Outcome

  • Cavendish Advocacy conducted extensive stakeholder outreach, interviewing Civil Servants, Ministers and MPs, Members of Scottish Parliament, local government representatives and think tanks, as well as the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change. This breadth of 1-2-1 engagement, allowed for a more comprehensive understanding of the climate change landscape and a wider scope of recommendations for the Foundation.
  • Cavendish Advocacy drew on its established understanding of policy and legislative processes, conducted intelligence gathering and identified relevant milestones and influencers to best feed into recommendations for the influence campaign.
  • Through this strategy, Cavendish Advocacy was able to set out its recommendations in a strategy report intended to guide Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Citizen Engagement on Climate programme.
  • The Strategy report identified 60 parliamentarians, selected across multiple Government workstreams to ensure a holistic approach, to connect the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation with decision-makers that could both build and implements the report’s recommendation and encourage long-term feasible change.