OPPORTUNITY

Rapid transitions are inevitable in the face of climate breakdown but fairness for workers and communities is not a guarantee. There will be trade-offs and choices. To achieve a just transition, workers and communities need to be at the centre of a process that encompasses social dialogue, social protection, rights at work and employment. Transitions will only succeed if affected workers are adequately protected and have influence to collectively shape the decisions, plans and policies.

As we confront the urgency of climate change, we advocate for policies and practices that protect and give agency to those most affected by transitions in our focus industries. Understanding systems change requires more than protection; shifting from voluntary industry initiatives to levelling the playing field through mandatory measures, thereby supporting frontrunning businesses to continue to lead while lifting laggards. By advocating for regulations that establish accountability, we can incentivise industry to use its power to drive positive change for workers, the climate and nature. 

  • 3.6 billion
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    people live in contexts that are highly vulnerable to climate change
  • USD 3-5 trillion
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    needed annually until 2030 to secure a just transition
  • 1.5 billion
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    people employed by sectors central to climate stability (e.g. agriculture and manufacturing)

Intervention

We believe in the potential for a transition that leaves no one behind. To do so, we must harness the creativity, innovation and expertise of workers and communities most affected by the climate crisis. Through our interventions, we champion the agency, inclusion and accountability for workers and communities.

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Support the inclusion, agency and collective action of workers across industry transitions.


In our envisioned future, workers are pivotal in steering industries and policy towards green practices, with their insights, experience and voices leading the way. This transformation encompasses secure, equitable employment practices and rights, ensuring transitions in the built environment, fashion, and food sectors not only mitigate climate change but also enhance livelihoods and uphold respect for labour rights.

Support the policies, pathways and accountability mechanisms to strengthen labour rights across industry transitions.

We believe in the potential for a global economy where labour rights are universally upheld and respected, regardless of the sector. By fostering an environment where every worker benefits from agency and inclusion, and where strong accountability mechanisms are put in place to guide business and policymakers, our partners lay the groundwork for a just transition.

Where we focus

Across our interventions, we concentrate our efforts where we believe they can have the greatest impact, such as:

  • Engagement: building awareness, capacity and agency of workers and communities of the industry transitions they are facing. 
  • Inclusion: ensuring meaningful engagement of workers and communities with policymakers and businesses to jointly plan and manage industry transitions. 
  • Incentives: supporting robust, consistent regulations that takes away the ambiguity of what companies need to do and levels the playing field for progressive companies. 
  • Transparency and accountability: building, analysing, and deploying evidence for transparency and holding key stakeholders to account for their commitments and obligations.

Out of scope

Areas outside our current focus:

  • Non-industry focused collective action: initiatives not related to Laudes’ target industries and without a just transition lens. 
  • Voluntary industry initiatives: lacking robust accountability mechanisms or enforcement mechanisms.
  • Naming and shaming: campaigns targeting individual companies without broader systemic change goals.
  • Litigation: driving action through lawsuits and legal measures.

What we fund

Explore the initiatives we fund.

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Eligibility criteria

Our grants fund partners to work collaboratively on brave initiatives that can contribute to systemic industry change.

Becoming a partner

The Wikirate Project e.V.

  • €250,000
  • 12 months
  • Grant Active

For general operating support.

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ODI

  • €159,499
  • 18 months
  • Grant Active

For exploring climate-responsive social protection.

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Stand.earth

  • €248,914
  • 25 months
  • Grant Active

For working with major fashion brands to clarify their role and responsibility in advancing a just energy transition in Bangladesh and globally.

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Triponel Consulting Ltd

  • €641,904
  • 37 months
  • Grant Active

For accelerating philanthropic and corporate action towards just transitions across industries.

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Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD

  • €98,000
  • 26 months
  • Grant Active

For coordinating trade union participation in initiative on responsible business conduct expectations for credible actions on just transitions.

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University of New South Wales

  • €238,033
  • 25 months
  • Grant Active

For unveiling the potential of transformative business practices by leveraging human rights and environmental due diligence.

Avina Americas Inc

  • €230,000
  • 20 months
  • Grant Active

For building resilience among frontline workers’ organisations leading efforts at the intersection of labour rights, democracy and just transitions.

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Dignity Alliance International

  • €200,000
  • 108 months
  • Grant Active

For building foundational evidence-base and alliances for regional just transition initiative.

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ClimateWorks Foundation

  • €200,000
  • 17 months
  • Grant Active

For promoting responsible contracting principles preventing buyers from shifting legal responsibilities to suppliers.

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BEYOND GRANTMAKING

Strong and diverse partners, focused on learning and improvement, drive greater impact.

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Built Environment

Built Environment

Fashion

Fashion

Finance and Capital Markets

Finance and Capital Markets

Food

Food

Narratives

Narratives