CAN is governed by an international Board of Directors elected from the membership at the annual General Assembly. The Board reflects the balance and composition of the network, including geographic and gender balance. Board Members are representatives of CAN as a whole and do not represent their individual regions or organisations.

Board of Directors

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Susan Sinnett, Greenpeace

Legal & Risk Management Committee Chair, Compliance Officer

Joab Okanda, ChristianAid

Network Development Committee Chair

Colette Pichon Battle, USCAN

Finance & Audit and Legal & Risk Management Committee Member, Anti-Bullying Focal Point

Alex Rafalowicz, CANRAC

Governance & Strategy and Network Development Committee Member

Marie-Claire Graf, CAN Europe

Governance & Strategy and Network Development Committee Member


Governance & Strategy Committee Chair, Anti-Bullying Focal Point

Larissa Baldwin, CANA

Board Secretary, Human Resources Committee Chair, Legal & Risk Management Committee Member

Adessou Kossivi Nevaeme, GNDR

Human Resources Committee Member

Anaid Velasco, CAN Latin America

Board Co-Chair, Human Resources, Legal & Risk Management and Network Development Committee Member

Alissa Tung, CarbonCare InnoLab

Board Treasurer, Finance & Audit Committee Chair

Gia Ibay, WWF

Board Co-Chair, Finance & Audit, Governance & Strategy and Legal & Risk Management Committee Member

CAN Charter

The CAN Charter is the document that gives clarity on the way the CAN network is organised and works. CAN is a network of NGOs working on climate change from around the world. These members are autonomous and independent. Many of these members have their own forms of organisation and their own national or regional rules.

In joining the CAN network, members contributed to producing these constitutional rules and guidelines for the network. This document tends to facilitate and enable decision-making, rather than prescribe rules.


Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy

CAN International is committed to providing an experience safe of bullying or harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, in the spaces in which CAN-International membership convenes and where our staff work.

CAN International has an anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy in place for its staff, volunteers, interns and contractors and is currently developing further steps toward building institutions and structures to address harassment and bullying within those spaces

Bullying and Harassment Reporting and Complaints

CAN is providing a fully independent reporting and complaints platform for members at CAN-I events and for CAN-I workers. If you experience bullying or harassment or have concerns about bullying or harassment, either as the person affected or as a bystander, you are encouraged to disclose these concerns or report a complaint. If you decide to make a disclosure, you will be able to remain in control over how it is handled and how much information you want to disclose.

The service is provided by EthicsPoint (currently in English only), which many of our larger member organizations and other international organizations are using with great success and satisfaction, and which ensures that the reporting and complaints procedure is completely independent of any CAN structures, which, among other benefits ensures that complaints or reports can also be made with confidence if they involve the designated people.*
If a concern is raised or a report made, EthicsPoint will forward the complaint to NonProfitHR, an HR consultancy, who will then appropriately channel the concern or report to the designated people*, including recommendations as appropriate.

*For CAN-International events or CAN-International staff, the designated people are Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, as well as Mariana Paoli and Essia Guezzi, the designated CAN-I board members. For USCAN-related reports, the designees are Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, and Rachel Potter, board chair, and David Thurnbull, board secretary.

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