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terre des hommes schweiz

terre des hommes schweiz empowers young people in Africa, Latin America and Switzerland. Together with them, the organisation fights poverty, violence and discrimination and stands up for the rights of children and young people and just North-South relations. Its core competence lies in participatory and solution-oriented work with young people. 


terre des hommes schweiz officially partnered with the Climate Action Accelerator in July 2021. The collaboration on the methodology started in July and finished in September. Building the roadmap started in October 2021. The roadmap was finally adopted in January 2023.

Environmental commitment

terre des hommes schweiz is committed to climate justice and supports young people in Switzerland and in project countries in their commitment. In their countries of operation, the organisation supports young people in creating a sustainable basis for their lives through farming that is as ecological as possible.

In efforts to reduce its energy emissions, tdh schweiz will be moving to new office facilities in Basel with better insulation and no air conditioning as well as with limited office space through a co-working facility. Moreover, in some NC offices and a few partner organisation facilities, solar panels are already in place.

Many policies are also in place regarding transport. Most employees commute with public transport or bicycle and are financially incentivised to use public transport. A new home office rule is in place, allowing 50% of home office and additionally reducing commuting emissions. Efforts implemented to limit the impact of air travel include reducing international flights and not allowing intra-Europe flights.

With regards to finances, tdh schweiz holds part of its financial reserves in a portfolio at the Alternative Bank Schweiz, a bank that follows the highest standards regarding positive enivronmental and human rights impact. (see roadmap for more information)

In Switzerland, terre des hommes schweiz is a member of the Climate Alliance and are calling on Swiss politicians to take measures, such as higher taxes on fuel and levies on air tickets. Internationally, as a member of the Ethos Foundation, it supports the Carbon Disclosure Project, which requires listed companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As a partner of the initiative, terre des hommes schweiz has committed to halving its CO emissions by 2030. 


Publication of the environmental roadmap


Development of the environmental roadmap

Cover photo © Annette Mokler/tdh schweiz.