RPS announces backing of Climate Action Charter

We are pleased to announce that we are a signatory of the Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter that has been launched today, October 7.

Developed by the Professional Associations Research Network of which the society is a long-standing member, the charter is designed to guide effective and high-quality climate action by professional bodies under the banner of three broad commitments:

  • Firstly, to chart a path that supports professionals to deliver their practice in line with the Paris Agreement and UN sustainability goals.

  • Secondly, to commit signatories to speak with a united voice in support for climate action when addressing other professional bodies, national governments and the public.

  • Thirdly, to empower and inspire individual members to drive sustainability by developing resources that help enable the adoption of environmental best practices.

Commenting, RPS President Clare Anderson said: “The Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter was discussed at our recent 3 country board meeting. I’m pleased that there was unanimous agreement that it was absolutely right for us to be signatories and to adopt the charter’s principles into our activity on climate change.

“This charter will act as a catalyst to bring people together and for best practice to be shared across professional groups. With climate change being such a seismic challenge, collaboration of this kind is vital."

RPS Chief Executive Paul Bennett added: “At RPS, our work on climate change is continuing to move forward. Following our declaration of a climate emergency in September, we are now working on a policy that will outline pharmacy’s role in sustainable healthcare.

"We’ll also continue to highlight the innovative work of our members and are developing a space for networking and sharing best practice on sustainability for RPS members as part of the new RPS Connect platform.”

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