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About IESG

We deliver the tools you need to understand and mitigate your climate impact. 


We are passionate about international education and climate action. We want to see an international education sector that thrives and that considers, and mitigates, its climate impact.

Our purpose
  • What elements of international education does the CAB™ cover?
    We take a broad view of international education because we understand that no two institutions prioritise the same services or structure their international teams in the same way. The CAB™ covers a range of functions generally recognised as international and which are most relevant to climate action: International Strategy International Student Marketing and Recruitment Transnational Education and Overseas Campuses Study Abroad and Global Learning.
  • What’s involved in the data collection process?
    The questions in the Climate Action Barometer do not involve surveying students, you will be able to answer many of the CAB™ questions using information you already hold within the International Office or global team. For some questions you will need to ask your sustainability, central data office or HR team to assist. This should not be too onerous a task for them, as they will in many cases be able to answer yes or no or to provide data that already exists. In our analysis and reporting process, all data is reported anonymously and conforms fully with data protection legislation. We collect the data for this Survey on a secure platform which uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption (also known as HTTPS) for all transmitted data.
  • Who is best placed within an institution to coordinate the data collection?
    The majority of the questions relate directly to practices and policies within the International/Global function of an institution, so the International or Global team would be best placed to coordinate the process. If you already participate in an international operations benchmarking exercise, such as the AUIDF BIO report (Australia) or the International Education Benchmark (global), the staff member responsible for coordinating that would be a good candidate.
  • What is the expected time commitment of my international team if we sign up?
    We estimate it should take approximately 1.5 days of an international team member’s time, spread over a period of 4 to 6 weeks to gather the information for the survey.
  • We already contribute to other sustainability-related surveys and campaigns. How does the CAB™ fit in and what are the benefits of taking part?
    We are very cognisant of the workloads at institutions, especially in international and sustainability teams. That’s why we have been careful to design the survey so that it complements rather than duplicates existing commitments. The CAB™ gives international teams a clearer understanding of how they can contribute to overall university climate ambitions. This is particularly important for reducing Scope 3 emissions as we know that international business travel, flights emissions for study abroad and for incoming students can amount to a significant proportion of a university’s overall footprint. Taking part in the Barometer should therefore support a university’s broader commitment to campaigns such as the Education Race to Zero, and should not duplicate data collection for other existing frameworks, like AASHE Stars.
  • What is the expected time commitment of my sustainability team if we sign up?
    The workload for staff in the sustainability team will not be onerous as much of the data collation will be undertaken by the international team. We estimate that, depending on the structure of your institution, it will take no more than half a day of Sustainability team time, spread over a period of 4 to 6 weeks.
Core team

Core team.

Advisory board

Advisory board.

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