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Adverse Climate Outcome
Adverse Climate Outcome (ACO) means any outcome directly resulting from the non-performance of an affected obligation, or the enforcement of this clause [FORCE MAJEURE] in relation to that non-performance, which may have an adverse effect on the climate, and includes but is not limited to:
1. reduced Air Quality;
2. an increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions;
3. dumping of stock that was created using Natural Capital;
4. wasted Embedded Carbon; or
5. [INSERT OTHER ADVERSE EFFECTS].
Adverse Social Outcome
Adverse Social Outcome (ASO) means any outcome directly resulting from the non-performance of an affected obligation, or the enforcement of this clause [FORCE MAJEURE] in relation to that non-performance, which may have an adverse social effect, and includes but is not limited to:
1. the insolvency of a party;
2. redundancies over and above [x];
3. an increase in poverty, deprivation or hunger; or
4. [INSERT OTHER ADVERSE SOCIAL EFFECTS]
Commercial, supply chain, insurance, public procurement contracts, or any other contract where a clause is activated when an event increases the climate or social impacts of a contract.
Iris’s Clause (Climate Risk Sharing Provisions)
Nico’s Clause (Cooler-Plate Clauses [Climate-Aligned Boilerplate])
Aatmay’s Clause (Sustainable and Circular Economy Principles in Leasing Arrangements for Repairs and Alterations)