CASE STUDY: Unity Trust Bank facilitated sessions & citizen science
In 2017 and 2019 we worked with Unity Trust Bank to engage their Executive and Relationship Management team to develop their understanding of climate change and its impacts and risks to the business.
We used a combination of citizen science (the collection of scientific data by non-scientists) and facilitated sessions to:
- Build awareness of climate change as a critical and business relevant issue
- Clearly articulate the bank’s values and lending principles and draw connections with how they align with Unity Trust Bank’s wider environmental agenda
- Catalyse a shared understanding and purpose on sustainability and the necessary steps for action
- Develop the confidence, knowledge and motivation for Relationship Managers to effectively communicate the bank’s sustainability credentials to new and existing clients and customers
- Reconnect employees with the natural environment and contribute to vital scientific research. In 2017 the research explored the how climate change impacts growth, carbon uptake and decomposition process in UK woodland habitats. In 2019 the research focused on urban tree management and the ecosystem services trees provide in the context of climate change adaptation and urban planning