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With 19 years’ experience and a global network of project partners, we work with our clients to deliver high quality solutions that ensure immediate, positive impact on the world’s natural capital.

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We work with more than 300 clients in 33 countries to ensure their environmental programmes deliver value for their business.

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A Commitment to Quality in Everything We Do

With 19 years’ experience and a global network of project partners, we work with our clients to deliver high quality solutions that ensure immediate, positive impact on the world’s natural capital.

Our Team

The experience and expertise of our team enables us to deliver the highest quality solutions for our clients’ diverse requirements all over the world.

Advisory Forum

Our team is supported by an Advisory Forum (AF) of international experts who offer advice and guidance on the latest scientific, policy and industry developments that impact our business.

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is at the heart of what we do, ensuring we deliver solutions that will protect, and enhance, our clients’ reputations. We have developed a leading-edge quality assurance programme that goes beyond industry requirements and continually evolves to set best practice.

As founding members of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), we comply with the ICROA Code of Best Practice through an annual audit. We are licensed to supply Green-e® Renewable Energy Certificates and EKOenergy Guarantees of Origin, and our offset projects are all validated and verified to recognised third-party standards. But our commitment to quality goes beyond industry standards, which is why we’ve been recognised as Best Offset Retailer by Environmental Finance for the last six years.

  • Our sourcing team conducts a detailed due diligence review of every project we consider, ensuring we only contract with the highest quality projects, eliminating risk of under-performance.
  • Through our Sustainable Impacts framework, we conduct a detailed evaluation of the additional benefits to households, communities and biodiversity from carbon finance projects.
  • Our Advisory Forum of external experts works with us to keep up to date with the latest best practice in our industry.
  • Since 2002, we have updated The CarbonNeutral Protocol on an annual basis to set the latest standards for certifying claims of net zero carbon emissions.
  • We ensure clients are kept up to date with any policy, industry or project developments that will interest them or impact their programmes.

Partners

  • Business Renewables Center (BRC)
  • Natural Capital Coalition
  • ICROA
  • IETA
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • The CEO Water Mandate
  • West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Project Drawdown
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

As sponsors of the Business Renewables Center (BRC) we are part of a community of more than 130 members working to accelerate corporate purchasing of off-site renewable energy. Through sharing tools, best practice examples, knowledge and experience, the BRC community makes it easier for corporates to enter the renewable energy market by sharing the lessons of the first movers.

We are pleased to be a member of The Natural Capital Coalition, a global platform which brings together the many different initiatives and organisations working in natural capital under a common vision. As a member of the Coalition, we engage with the broad membership to share our experience and insights, and support the development of the Natural Capital Protocol and sector guides. 

We are a founding member of The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), a non-profit professional industry body hosting a membership of businesses that deliver carbon reduction and offset services. The primary aim of ICROA is to promote best practices in carbon management and offsetting to support voluntary climate mitigation efforts. Our Chief Marketing Officer, Rebecca Fay leads the communications working group. 

Our Managing Director, Jonathan Shopley is a board member of The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a non-profit business organisation created to establish a functional international framework for trading in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. IETA members seek to develop an emissions trading regime that results in real and verifiable GHG emission reductions, while balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity. 

The United Nations (UN) Global Compact calls on companies to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption; and take strategic action to advance broader societal goals such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our commitment to the Ten Principles covers all business activities, our personnel, and any other organisation with which we interact. 

We have endorsed the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, designed to assist companies in the development, implementation, and disclosure of comprehensive water strategies and policies. We believe market-based instruments deliver solutions for business to manage and mitigate water impact, while also responding to the link between climate change and carbon emissions on water challenges all over the world. 

We are an active member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF), a non-profit membership organisation for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia, and the non-profit community. Its mission is to promote business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility. 

We are members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit trade organisation that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. USGBC is best known for the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, and Greenbuild, an international green building conference and expo that promotes the green building industry. 

Project Drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduates, policy makers, business leaders, and activists to present the best available information on climate solutions to create a realistic, optimistic, and empowering view of our climate future. As a founding member of its carbon council, we are pleased to support this work, and communicate a credible pathway to meaningfully address climate change. 

We are a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), helping businesses to understand and identify sustainable purchasing opportunities in their supply chain. Our EVP Americas, Mark LaCroix, sits on the Strategic Advisory Committee, which offers advice and expertise to inform decisions of the Board and senior staff of the SPLC. 

  • Carbonneutral SA
  • The Carbon Consulting Company
  • ECOHZ
  • Good Energy
  • EKOenergy
  • Anthesis Consulting Group
  • Ecometrica
  • RSK

As our partner based in Chile, Carbonneutral SA develops programmes to support businesses to reduce carbon emissions and achieve CarbonNeutral® certification across Latin America. Carbonneutral SA works with a team of strategic partners with extensive experience in environmental management processes, inventory of greenhouse gases, life cycle analysis, waste management, energy efficiency, conservation of natural resources, and sustainability strategy. 

Based in Sri Lanka, The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) works as our regional partner to develop programmes supporting businesses in reducing carbon emissions and achieving CarbonNeutral® certification across the South Asian region. CCC is a profit for purpose social enterprise, and leading provider of integrated sustainability solutions, working primarily on sustainability assessments, offsetting, and life cycle analysis. 

We are very pleased to be working with ECOHZ as our European renewable energy partner. Located in Norway and Switzerland, ECOHZ is a leading independent supplier of renewable energy solutions to electricity providers, businesses, and organisations across Europe and Asia. ECOHZ also provides an innovative solution - GO² - combining renewable energy purchases with the financing of new renewable power generation.

For clients who are looking for UK Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) as a renewable energy solution, we are working with Good Energy as our partner. Founded in 1999, Good Energy’s mission is to transform the UK energy market by helping businesses be part of a sustainable solution to climate change. Good Energy PPAs backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO), give businesses the assurance that the electricity they consume has been generated from 100% UK renewable sources.

We are pleased to have been licensed as a worldwide seller of EKOenergy certified renewable energy certificates. Certificates with the EKOenergy label give clients assurance of the origin and sustainability attributes of their purchase, following the criteria set by the EKOenergy network. In addition, a contribution is made to the EKOenergy Climate Fund which is used to stimulate further investments in renewable electricity. EKOenergy is recommended within LEED and referenced in the GHG Protocol for renewable energy consumption in Europe. It was founded in 2013 by a network of environmental NGOs to create an international eco-label that ensured transparency through a consistent approach across the world.

Anthesis Consulting Group is a world leading sustainability consultancy, offering analytics, product compliance, and supply chain performance services. Since 2013, the company has acquired a number of global businesses, to offer global reach. As an assessment partner, Anthesis supports our client footprint assessments and management.

Ecometrica’s team has a combined experience of over 45 years, making them one of the most established teams in the carbon measurement market. As an assessment partner, specialist technology experience alongside carbon expertise has enabled Ecometrica to produce an intuitive user interface to analyse our client’s emission data. 

Since its establishment in 1989, RSK has emerged as one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary environmental consultancies. As an assessment partner, RSK provides integrated carbon footprinting, management, validation, reduction, and reporting services to our clients in relation to organisations, products and events.

Our Story

From Future Forests to The CarbonNeutral Company to Natural Capital Partners; the evolution of our business has been designed to continuously deliver innovative, high quality solutions to our global client list.

Nineteen years ago we began life as Future Forests, pioneering the concept of offsetting emissions through tree planting programmes. During those early days, we led the way in setting the standards for quality and credibility of emission reduction programmes and co-founded our industry body, ICROA. With businesses' increasing interest in taking action on climate change, we changed our name to The CarbonNeutral Company, and in 2002 we launched The CarbonNeutral Protocol, designed to deliver a solution to leading clients who were early pioneers in setting and meeting net zero emission reduction targets. Avis and Sky became clients and remain CarbonNeutral® certified today. 

Over 19 years we have contracted more than 20 million tonnes of carbon credits and have been honoured to be recognised as Best Offset Retailer for six years running.  Our evolution to Natural Capital Partners, which was announced in 2015, reflects the next stage in our development – using our experience and expertise to provide our global client list with solutions for positive impact on renewable energy, biodiversity, water, carbon and communities. 

Corporate Responsibility

Our responsible business approach encompasses three core commitments: our alignment with the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, the management of our direct impacts, specifically energy, carbon, waste and water, and our community programme.

In addition to ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of our business by helping clients manage their environmental impacts, we are committed to:

  • Providing leadership in advocacy and solutions to protect and enhance the natural environment.
  • Managing our impact on the environment and on people and communities affected by our operations.
  • Engaging and supporting the communities within which we work.

Underpinning all of our activities is the integrity of our business, upon which we build trusted partnerships with our clients and our project partners. We apply the principles of the UN Global Compact to our business activities, our team, and any other organisation with which we interact.

To learn more about our responsible business approach, please download our 2015 corporate responsibility report.

Thanks to the team at Natural Capital Partners who have worked on garden restoration, a public speaking workshop and a quiz afternoon, our local community members have learned new skills, developed new interests and been part of a vibrant social environment.

Eleanor Botwright, Castlehaven Community Association