Collaboration is essential to our ability to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Beyond efforts to expand our platform to connect more people, we also recognize the importance of working with others to address key social and environmental issues like climate change.
That is why we work closely with our stakeholders and partners—including government, academic institutions, industry peers, nonprofits, and local communities—to increase knowledge access and provide a platform that helps empower and activate climate action.
Creating New Climate Content during Climate Week
Climate change is an urgent challenge that is too great for any single person, company, government, or entity to solve alone. Together we can effect more change, and we have built partnerships with globally-renowned organizations over the years to help share information about climate change and use the strength of our platforms to catalyze climate action. As organizations and businesses shifted their global teams to remote work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, our platform and products offered a unique way for us and partners to collaborate.
During Climate Week NYC and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2020, we helped the Climate Group reach a bigger, wider audience via Facebook Watch Live. We also hosted a panel online titled, “Working Together to Accelerate Climate Action,” where viewers tuned in to the panel via the FBxUNGA microsite, a dedicated page on our platform to showcase Facebook’s presence at UNGA. We will continue to use UNGA as an opportunity to share our progress against the UN SDGs.
Virtualizing World Water Week
With events going virtual in 2020, we partnered with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) for the second year in a row to help bring World Water Week to a global online audience, working closely with the organization to develop digital presentation best practices and provide capacity-building training on Facebook and Instagram tools. We also supported the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, a global competition for youth to design water-related projects of environmental, scientific, social, or technological significance.
Sustainable Events Framework
Facebook annually hosts over 1,000 events across the world, and we understand the environmental impact that large-scale, in-person events can have. In 2020, teams across Facebook developed a Sustainable Events Framework to help ensure Facebook’s global events align with our sustainability goal to reduce our GHG emissions and environmental footprint.
Through the Sustainable Events Framework, we outlined best practices and set standards for reducing our events’ GHG emissions, waste, and material use in line with our net zero GHG emissions target. Beyond using the new framework to guide how we host Facebook events, we hope to share these practices and learnings broadly to accelerate progress across industries globally. In 2021 and beyond, all Facebook event managers and agencies will be asked to take our online course and follow the framework, with the goal of targeting our most impactful events moving forward.