KIC Sweden

Environmental Policy

This document constitutes KIC’s directives regarding the prevention and protection of climate and environment.

Christian Democratic International Center (KIC) seeks to promote democracy and well-functioning multi-party systems based on democracy, human rights and social development. In its global work, KIC follows some of the main pillars of the Christian Democratic ideology, such as trusteeship, subsidiarity, human imperfection and international solidarity between people and states.

Sustainable development is often defined as “development that meets present needs without compromising future generations meeting their needs.” By putting emphasis on the generational perspective, this definition reflects one of KIC’s fundamental principles, which we call the stewardship principle.

There is broad consensus in the aid community that sustainability must be an overarching goal of societal development. In order to achieve this, economic development, social welfare and cohesion must be combined with good environmental practices.

KIC supports and follows the Swedish government’s environmental objectives. Sweden’s environmental objectives urge us to solve our environmental problems now and not pass them on to future generations. The government’s objective for Sweden’s climate work is to be a leading example of a modern society that is environmentally sound, based on renewable resources, and where growth-friendly policies may be pursued in harmony with the Earth’s climate conditions.

KIC also follows the Swedish Policy for Global Development (PGD) and the Policy on Environmental and climate issues in Swedish development cooperation. Central to these documents is the rights and poverty perspective on development. Both documents aim to improve the environment, the sustainable use of natural resources as well as strengthen the resistance to climate and environmental impacts in developing countries.

The effects of climate change and environmental impact affect the poorest the hardest because they have the least capacity to avoid or adapt to the consequences of air and water pollution or overexploited and collapsed ecosystems. Climate change and environmental problems are an increasing challenge for the world’s countries. Many of the problems are global and have consequences for both rich and poor countries.

For change to occur, environmental work must be integrated with the work for human rights and imbued within the democratic perspective. In this way we can guarantee that the rights of the poor are taken into account. Our environmental efforts must focus on the actors close to the political sphere. KIC believes that an effective environmental management can be achieved through the work of competent, well-functioning and democratic institutions at a local or national level. It is therefore important to develop laws and regulations that respect local knowledge as well as rights and interests of local communities. The aim is that the politicians as well as civil society organizations work together in order to create greater awareness, transparency and accountability for environmental work.

KIC’s work, through its aid programs and development cooperation in regions like Latin America, East Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, will take responsibility so that our activities do not harm the environment. KIC will endeavor that our partners share our common global objective to preserve the environment for future generations.

KIC’s environmental impact:

External environment:
KIC shall integrate an environmental and climate perspective in its entire activity. All projects and programs shall include an environmental perspective from the planning phase. KIC, in cooperation with our partners will ensure that the program activities include environmental impact assessments and that the environmental perspective is integrated into the educational process. Knowledge of environmental activities should be included in all capacity building of KIC’s partners.
KIC can’t control its partners environmental responsibility. However, KIC’s partners will be able to discuss possible environmental improvements based on their environmental impact assessments. KIC shall also in the organizational assessment and audits of partner organization include environmental issues during the preparatory phase of a project.

Internal environment:
Looking at KIC’s office work environment, there are three critical points that need to be addressed:
1 Flights and car use.
2 The employment of distributors of goods and services (for example for printing materials, local events, transportation)
3 Management of waste and paper recycling.

KIC’s internal guidelines for minimizing/compensating for the effects of air travel and car use, purchases of services and usage of paper should be followed strictly, since they have a greater effect on the environment. Other points are less harmful to the ecosystem and can be treated with simple procedures outlined in the environmental action plan.

KIC will develop a supplementary document to the policy that provides more concrete guidance on how environmental efforts should be implemented in our program and an action plan for how KIC should proceed in the application of our environmental policy in our office.

KIC shall implement its environmental policy according to the following principles:
– KIC aims to make staff in the office, board and partners aware of environmental issues and their relation to development issues.
– Programs and projects should be characterized by an environmental awareness.
– KIC, should aim to prevent or reduce the negative environmental impact through environmental practices.
– An environmental consideration is included in all decisions.
– KIC’s environmental work will be continually improved and evaluated.
– KIC’s focal point for environmental has the responsibility to implement this policy and to serve as support to the program managers in their work within the projects/programs.

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