PLATINUM2023

Climate Rights International

Protecting the Rights of People and Communities in the Era of Climate Change

aka CRI   |   Berkeley, CA   |  cri.org

Mission

We want to build a world that protects people and the planet from climate change. We believe that progress on climate change cannot succeed without protecting human rights – and the fight for human rights cannot succeed without protecting our planet against climate change. To achieve this, we work in partnership with local and international groups to document how human rights violations contribute to climate change, and how climate change contributes to human rights abuses. We use our high-level contacts to press governments and corporations to take urgent action to end abuses, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and protect vital carbon sinks. And we partner with activists and affected communities to demand justice and accountability from powerful interests that put their lives at risk.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Brad Adams

Main address

449 Boynton Ave

Berkeley, CA 94707 USA

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EIN

87-4420907

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is now a broad consensus that climate change is the planet’s greatest existential challenge. Less well-recognized, however, is that it is now also a human rights emergency. Climate Rights International (CRI) is laser-focused on these intertwined and urgent global challenges. Climate change is taking an increasingly devastating toll on individuals and communities around the world, particularly in developing countries. Those least responsible for climate change are bearing the greatest burden, facing violations of their rights to life, health, food, clean water, housing, land, and sustainable livelihoods -- and even basic freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. The drivers of climate change, including clear-cutting of rainforests and fossil fuel operations, have created a broad risk to the very existence of many communities and cultures – including Indigenous Peoples -- and even the basic “right to a future” for children and young people.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research and Advocacy

Human rights monitoring and advocacy, focused on preventing and addressing climate-change related human rights abuses; holding governments, corporations and financial institutions accountable for climate-related harms; and working to limit excessive greenhouse gas emissions and support climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Asia
Latin America
Africa
North America
MENA
Europe

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to build a world that protects people and the planet from climate change.
We believe that progress on climate change cannot succeed without protecting human rights – and the fight for human rights cannot succeed without protecting our planet against climate change.

To achieve this, we work in partnership with local and international groups to document how human rights violations contribute to climate change, and how climate change contributes to human rights abuses. We use our high-level contacts to press governments and corporations to take urgent action to end abuses, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and protect vital carbon sinks. And we partner with activists and affected communities to demand justice and accountability from powerful interests that put their lives and their children’s lives at risk.

Research & Documentation
We conduct careful, on-the-ground investigations into the human rights consequences of climate change. We compile these findings into reports, press releases, briefing papers, letters, commentary, and analysis.
Advocacy
We use our extensive contacts to take our findings and those of partner organizations to policymakers and decision-makers in governments, the U.N., companies, financial institutions, and others to press for change.
Media
We expose climate-related human rights violations and harms to the public through high-impact media engagement on broadcast and print media, social media, and our own audio-visual productions.
Partnerships
We work in partnership with local communities, environmentalists, lawyers, journalists, climate activists, climate scientists, the tech industry, and others. Most importantly, we aim to ensure that those on the frontlines of climate change and environmental destruction are at the forefront of discussions and policymaking about solutions.
Justice & Accountability
We work for justice and accountability for communities and individuals harmed by climate change by documenting violations, identifying those responsible, and pushing for redress through advocacy, criminal prosecutions, and strategic litigation.
Changes in Policies & Practices
We advocate for changes in the policies and practices of governments, companies, and financial institutions that are directly and indirectly responsible for large-scale greenhouse gas emissions, the destruction of forests and other carbon sinks, and climate-related human rights violations.
Follow the Money
We “follow the money” by investigating supply chains and targeting investments by governments, companies, and financial institutions – including banks, asset managers, private equity investment groups, utilities, and insurance companies — that fail to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to rampant deforestation, or ead to abuses.
Call out subsidies & tax breaks
We document how subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas, coal, cattle ranching, mining, forestry, and other industries lead to both climate change and human rights abuses, and advocate for the reduction or end of these counterproductive incentives.
Laws & Regulations
We provide technical expertise for new laws, regulations, and norms to limit climate change and the harms it causes to people and the environment.
Financial Pledges
We press wealthy countries to keep and increase their financial pledges – without adding to indebtedness of developing countries — for climate mitigation efforts, climate adaptation funds, and climate-related loss and damage.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Climate Rights International

Board of directors
as of 05/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brad Adams

Frank Hespe

Cathy Zimmerman

Alicia Minana

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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