You might ask: why is a global health non-profit like Population Services International (PSI) talking about climate change? It’s simple. We know that climate change is everyone’s business.
For more than 50 years, PSI’s work has been centered on helping vulnerable communities lead healthier lives. Today our network of 5,000 PSIers in 40 countries are working on the most pressing health issues – from COVID-19 response, to strengthening health systems to stay ahead of the next health challenge. However, the communities we work with are suffering from climate change more than most. Ultimately, the health of PSI’s consumers is inextricably linked to the health of our planet. So our mission calls us to an activist role in the fight for our environment.
PSI has a lot to learn and a lot to do to play our part in the global effort to limit climate change and protect planetary health. We have an obligation to take meaningful action and mitigate the impact our operations have on the environment. We will do this by first measuring PSI’s baseline emissions and using that data to create a climate action plan that will reduce and mitigate our footprint, without sacrificing mission-critical activities. Our commitment is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030.
“Climate Accountability in Development is delighted to welcome PSI to our growing alliance of global health and development organizations that are committed to taking accountability for their climate impact. We applaud PSI’s commitment to prioritizing both people and planet, and we look forward to collaborating with PSI and member organizations to chart a new path forward for climate accountability in the development sector.”
—Climate Accountability in Development Secretariat
This year, we will measure the carbon footprint of the Washington global office and our 10 largest country offices. A special thanks to our teams in Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar and Zimbabwe for their leadership. The full PSI network will participate in measurement and carbon-reduction planning in 2023.
We are making this commitment by joining an alliance of development organizations called Climate Accountability in Development (CAD). We are excited and humbled to join CAD, alongside members like BRAC USA, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Give Directly, Integrate Health, Malaria No More, Partners in Health and Pivot.
President and CEO