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Climate Rights International

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

aka CRI   |   Berkeley, CA   |  cri.org
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Climate Rights International

EIN: 87-4420907


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

Subject area info

Environment

Human rights

Population served info

Children and youth

LGBTQ people

Women and girls

Families

Indigenous peoples

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NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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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

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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

Climate Rights International
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5858.59

Average of 5858.59 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

51.2

Average of 51.2 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20%

Average of 20% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Climate Rights International

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,122,268
As % of expenses 428.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,122,268
As % of expenses 428.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,384,371
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $262,103
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 81.2%
Professional fees 13.6%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 5.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $262,103
One month of savings $21,842
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $283,945

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 51.2
Months of cash and investments 51.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 51.4
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $1,118,990
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $1,122,268
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $1,122,268

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Brad Adams

Climate Rights International was founded by Brad Adams, who serves as its Executive Director. From 2002-2022, Adams was the Executive Director of the Asia division at Human Rights Watch, overseeing investigations, advocacy and media work in twenty countries including China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, and North Korea. He worked on issues such as attacks on environmental and human rights defenders, land rights, labor rights, the protection of civil society, freedom of expression, refugees, women’s rights, impunity, and international justice. Adams has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He has regularly appeared on the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and other major media. Prior to Human Rights Watch Adams worked in Cambodia for five years as the senior lawyer for the Cambodia field office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Climate Rights International

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Climate Rights International

Board of directors
as of 05/25/2023
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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

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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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