Minimising carbon emissions is central to our sustainability ethos. What we can’t eradicate, we offset.
We are a Carbon Neutral Company, participating in and supporting projects that meet certain criteria. They must demonstrate tangible environmental benefits, operate in countries where our goods and services originate, empower women and deliver broad social benefits.
Meru and Nanyuki Community Reforestation
Integrating reforestation to sequester carbon with community development activities, this community project based in the foothills of Mount Kenya, combines hundreds of individual tree planting activities and enables local communities to improve access to food and create additional sources of income beyond subsistence farming. In addition to generating revenue from the sale of carbon credits, the project provides training and facilities to improve crop production, grow trees as sources of food and medicine, and use wood more efficiently as fuel.
Key sustainable impacts:
- Health and well-being: The project supports the building and use of more fuel-efficient stoves, which help minimise indoor air pollution and the associated health implications.
- Job creation: Approximately 60 quantifiers, who collect and log data on the carbon sequestered, 10 auditors and eight leadership committee roles have been created.
- Water stewardship: Reforestation activities improve the supply, consistency, and quality of the water available. Training on filtering is helping to raise hygiene and safety awareness.
- Women’s empowerment: Small farming groups must include men and women. Women are also given access to leadership training and managerial responsibility.
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve
Based on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, this REDD+ project preserves carbon-dense tropical peat swamp by helping to halt deforestation of roughly 47,000 hectares of forest which were originally slated for conversion to palm oil plantations. The project focuses on both community development - encompassing 2,000 households living within the project area - and biodiversity conservation, particularly the protection of the endangered Borneo Orangutan. The project actively engages local communities to improve food security, income opportunities, health care, and education – all with the support of carbon finance.
Key sustainable impacts:
- Biodiversity protection: Indonesia has the largest number of threatened mammal species in the world and the fourth largest total across flora and fauna species types. With GPS-linked mobile phones, data is collected during field surveys for biodiversity monitoring.
- Water stewardship: By minimising land use change, the project is helping to prevent downstream flooding. Through local partnerships it is also training communities to manufacture and sell inexpensive water filtration devices, to provide clean drinking water.
- Infrastructure development: The project is building community centres offering facilities for park and project staff as well as for community organisations. They will supply news and radio communication facilities, libraries, and social and agricultural training programmes.