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.
We work with more than 300 clients in 33 countries to ensure their environmental programmes deliver results for their business. We will work with you to understand your specific goals and deliver a market-leading, high quality programme that combines business success with positive impact on the environment and society.
We work with our clients to understand how to build and communicate their climate action programmes so that they are not seen in isolation, but align with their core purpose, areas of expertise and business priorities.
Since Microsoft launched its carbon fee and achieved carbon neutrality in 2012, we have partnered with the company to evolve its carbon offset programme, ensuring it aligns with multiple business priorities through a portfolio of more than 49 projects in 22 countries. From selecting key customer and data centre locations, to delivering sustainable energy for underserved populations, to supporting citizenship goals and using technology to enhance project success, the Microsoft carbon offset portfolio delivers deeper business value, in addition to meeting its carbon neutral target.
In addition to a customised project sourcing process, we work with Microsoft to prepare internal briefings and presentations on the portfolio, identify communications opportunities and draft blogs and press releases, and share knowledge and background on the latest policy and industry developments that may impact Microsoft’s carbon neutral strategy.
Watch the video to learn more about Microsoft's carbon fee.
Read Microsoft's latest carbon fee white paper which explores how the programme is now evolving to "beyond carbon neutral".
Matt Kopac, Burt's Bees
TJ Di Caprio, Microsoft
Andy Brown, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate
For Burt’s Bees, sustainability is integral to our heritage of creating truly natural products, and the foundation from which we have built a successful business. While we continue to work on reducing our emissions across our offices, manufacturing facilities, and distribution operations, offsetting enables us to make an immediate positive impact to achieve our goal of carbon neutrality.
Matt Kopac, Burt's Bees
As the leader in Polar adventures, Quark Expeditions is deeply committed to environmentally responsible tourism to preserve these wilderness areas for generations to come. Since 2013, Quark has used carbon offsetting as part of its environmental strategy, to neutralise the carbon impact of its travels. This began with the world’s first CarbonNeutral® voyage, and has since been extended to CarbonNeutral® flights, inspiring passengers to mitigate the impact of their holiday. Beyond emissions reductions, the selected offset projects deliver extensive biodiversity benefits which further support the company’s strategic objectives.
Working with Natural Capital Partners has enabled us to take our carbon fee and deliver impactful climate change solutions to communities throughout the world. They have built a portfolio of projects which is tailored to our specific business interests and goals, and creates long term sustainable development through energy access, conservation of biodiversity and improving health and well-being, along with delivering crucial emissions reductions.
TJ Di Caprio, Microsoft
As a family owned business, we care passionately about its future success, and place great emphasis on growing the company in a way that respects the planet and communities in which we work. Having a unified programme which enables us to achieve our CarbonNeutral® sourcing goal through tree planting, while supporting our supply communities to build climate resilience, enables us to strengthen our business for the long term.
Andy Brown, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate
BNY Mellon has delivered on its commitment to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge by becoming carbon neutral. “We are continually looking for ways to further our environmental leadership in service to our clients, other stakeholders and society,” said Jyoti Chopra, Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability.
Natural Capital Partners has built a global portfolio of high quality renewable energy instruments and carbon offsets, enabling BNY Mellon to demonstrate a focus on fostering both business and environmental responsibility.
“Natural Capital Partners has created a high quality global renewable energy solution, combined with carbon offsets, which enables us to build both business and environmental sustainability for the long term through an integrated, efficient approach to reducing our impact across our global locations.”
As the UK’s first carbon neutral construction services company, Willmott Dixon is committed to demonstrating its long-term approach to sustainable development. Selecting offset projects that bring significant social benefits enables the business to align its carbon management programme with its wider focus on community transformation and tackling social exclusion.
“The team have helped us select offset projects which reflect the aims of the Wilmott Dixon Foundation, plus their friendly and proactive support has gone beyond this, providing strategic support and advice in a range of related areas, such as how to craft clear and engaging messages for our stakeholders.”
Sharon Davies, Willmott Dixon
Through high quality programmes which deliver action and impact, align with the Sustainable Development Goals and engage customers and staff, we ensure our work meets our clients’ business goals, while protecting and enhancing their reputations.
10 years ago Sky understood the value of building its reputation as a responsible business by demonstrating a commitment to environmental action. In 2006, it became the world’s first CarbonNeutral® media company, and has continued this commitment ever since. Carbon neutrality plays an important role within Sky’s holistic approach to corporate responsibility, enabling the business to raise awareness of climate issues, drive positive change, and inspire action amongst staff, customers and suppliers.
Watch the video to learn how Sky has used carbon offsetting to achieve climate leadership.
Follow this link to find out how Sky has integrated renewable energy instruments into its carbon neutral strategy.
Vans place great emphasis on reducing the environmental impact of its events, which draw thousands of people each year. As part of its strategy to ensure surf events are designated “ocean friendly” Deep Blue Surf Events™, the business offsets the total carbon footprint of these events to net zero. This has supported the achievement of Deep Blue Surf Event™ certification for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 2013, 2014, 2015, and the U.S. Open of Surfing 2014 and 2015, while delivering additional positive impacts to communities through the carbon finance projects it is supporting.
Freshfields has been carbon neutral since 2007, but has been looking for a way to deliver wider socio-economic benefits through a longer term commitment to enhance the impact of its environmental programme. “We have always tried to lead the legal sector in its commitment to carbon neutrality,” says Global Corporate Responsibility Partner, Paul Bowden. “The increased focus on carbon neutrality in the run up to and following the Paris climate change conference made it even more essential to continue our commitment for the long term.” Freshfields’ 10 year programme will not only offset the firm’s global carbon footprint, but also improve financial security, health and well-being, and gender equality for communities in East Africa.
A strong corporate responsibility agenda is increasingly demanded by our clients, expected by investors, and embraced by our employees. Since attaining CarbonNeutral® company certification a decade ago, we have maintained net zero emissions and are now extending this commitment to purchase 100% renewable energy for our Scope 2 electricity consumption in the US and Europe.
Fred Kinahan, Henderson Global Investors
Setting and meeting emission reduction targets and renewable energy goals offers a key point of difference when it comes to retaining clients and winning new business. We support our clients to build authentic, compelling climate action programmes that demonstrate their commitment to reducing environmental impact, meeting growing customer demand for action and offering a unique angle for sales engagement.
CHEP has over 50 years’ experience in reducing, reusing and recycling resources, making its business model inherently sustainable. With increasing customer focus on reducing the environmental footprint of their products, CHEP responded with a CarbonNeutral® pallet service. This enables CHEP’s customers to reduce the residual emissions associated with their pallet movements to net zero, delivering an immediate and cost-effective way for customers to compensate entirely for the carbon footprint of the pallets used across their supply chain.
Listen to this webinar to hear more about the programme.
Grundon is committed to meeting its customers’ needs while minimising the environmental impact of its operations and services. Since 2014, Grundon has supported the Uganda Community Reforestation project as part of its commitment to deliver a zero emissions waste management service through its CarbonNeutral® fleet programme.
Following a project visit, Grundon has shared its experiences and carbon neutral certification through website content, sales presentations, newsletters, and rich media creation to retain and attract new business.
Now in its fourth year of carbon neutrality, Grundon has broadened the sustainable development benefits it delivers in Uganda, adding the Uganda Improved Cookstoves project to its portfolio.
Iñigo Canalejo, CHEP
Bradley Smith, Grundon
Erin Meezan, Interface
Akshay Raj Anand, Radio Taxis
UPS understands that its customers share its concern about the impact shipping has on the environment and so offers the UPS carbon neutral shipping option as one of its sustainability initiatives. With this service, UPS customers can offset the carbon impact of transporting any shipment – from envelopes and packages to pallets and freight – to anywhere in the world.
Through our Cool Carpet® program, we offset the cradle-to-grave emissions of our carpet tiles to offer our customers a carbon neutral solution. Working with Natural Capital Partners enables Interface to deliver additional environmental and community benefits through our offset projects, such as biodiversity protection, empowerment of women, and health and well-being.
Erin Meezan, Interface
To combine Tata Steel’s reputation for innovation with the growing demand for sustainable and responsibly sourced construction materials, the business introduced Confidex Sustain®, the world’s first CarbonNeutral® building envelope. Every time an envelope in the UK is commissioned benefitting from Confidex Sustain®, carbon credits are used to offset unavoidable emissions from cradle to cradle. This helps to build zero-carbon standards as well as covering the performance of the pre-finished steel used on the building. Confidex Sustain® has been chosen by a number of leading large corporates.
Building stakeholder understanding and engaging audiences’ interests are key to maximising the value from any climate action programme. We support our clients to deliver a clear, credible and engaging story to their stakeholders about their actions, the projects they are supporting, and how it is aligned with the goals of their business. From advice on messaging, to visits to projects, from press releases to newsletter content and blogs, we work with businesses to develop ongoing communications that will keep stakeholders interested and enthused.
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Watch the video to hear from our Chief Marketing Officer, Rebecca Fay, on the opportunity and value of engaging stakeholders in your climate action programme, and how Natural Capital Partners supports can support you develop clear and compelling communications.
For online retailer Zappos, face-to-face meetings, conferences and retail trade shows are essential, but the business wanted employees to understand and take responsibility for the carbon footprint associated with corporate travel. Working with members of the Travel, Sustainability and Brand Aura departments, we have partnered with the company to develop a portfolio of three forestry projects that will enable Zappos to offset the carbon footprint of more than 6.8 million miles of company air travel, while supporting essential forest conservation projects in Mississippi, Chile and Brazil.
“I couldn’t be more excited to see employees from different departments coming together to work on this, getting excited about it, getting passionate about it, and wanting to help.”
Watch Zappos' short video documentary which captures the importance and excitement around the project.
If you ask anything about our sustainability programme at Sky, our employees will still say we are a carbon neutral organisation and are very proud of that. The next stage of our carbon offsetting journey will be a shift from it just being about carbon and reducing emissions, to linking in the social aspects of the projects we are now invested in, to bring a more holistic story to the process.
Fiona Ball, Sky
Before my visit to the Uganda Improved Cookstoves project, I knew Willmott Dixon offset its carbon emissions but I didn't know much about the projects we invested in, and the wider benefits for the environment and communities. After experiencing first-hand the value of the improved stoves, it makes me immensely proud to work for a company which is supporting sustainable development, at home and abroad.
Melissa Corser, Willmott Dixon
Businesses are looking for solutions to reduce supply chain risks, build resilient communities, and respond to stakeholder interests. We support our clients to develop climate action programmes that deliver measured and verified results in key business locations through building low carbon infrastructure, protecting biodiversity and supporting sustainable development.
Through its CarbonNeutral® sourcing commitment, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate is financing long term, positive impact to its tea sourcing communities in Africa; building their capacity to deal with the increasing threat of climate change, and ensure their farms and livelihoods are sustainable for the long term.
We have worked with Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate to customise an existing community reforestation project in Kenya, extending the project activity into tea farms that surround the company’s four strategic tea factories. The project encourages smallholder tea farmers to voluntarily plant trees on their land, and provides training on conservation farming and agroforestry techniques. Planted trees will improve local biodiversity and through ‘small groups’ of neighbouring farmers they share best practice on approaches to improve food security, and build new sources of income.
Marks and Spencer
Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer
Simon Hotchkin, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate
Carbon Finance Delivers Quantifiable Supply Chain Results
Improving Lives Through a Community Reforestation Project in Kenya
As a carbon neutral retailer since 2012, Marks and Spencer (M&S) wanted to align its carbon offset activities with its global community programme, which is designed to build resilience and empowerment with supply chain communities. We worked with M&S and its partner, UNICEF, to launch an efficient cookstoves project in Bangladesh – a key sourcing country for M&S.
Through the project, M&S has funded the manufacture and distribution of approximately 46,000 improved cookstoves, improving lives and strengthening the capacity of vulnerable populations to cope with the impacts of climate change. Through the use of the new stoves, which have been designed to meet the local cooking requirements, households spend less money or time collecting fuelwood; health is improved through reduced indoor air pollution; more time can be spent on income generating activities and education; and deforestation for fuel is reduced.
Natural Capital Partners has been an invaluable partner to Marks and Spencer’s carbon neutral achievement and was instrumental in bringing to life UNICEF’s first efficient cookstove project to improve the lives of children in Bangladesh. Working closely together, Marks and Spencer, Natural Capital Partners and UNICEF created this ground breaking Gold Standard project made possible by the use of carbon financing and demonstrating M&S’s commitment to both carbon neutrality and to improving the welfare and well-being of children.
Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer
Supply chain resilience has become a critical consideration for business as the threats and impact of climate change on resources have become increasingly apparent. Many businesses are taking action to address these issues within key sourcing regions but quantifying improvement programmes remains a challenge. Carbon finance projects deliver independently verified results enabling our clients to ensure they are delivering positive impact on some of the most material risks to their business.
I joined the community reforestation project in 2005 after attending a seminar for local farmers which was held where I live in the North Imenti District of Kenya. As a widow looking after my four children I was excited by the opportunity to improve my shamba (farm) and enhance my income so I could build a better life for my children. The land is much dryer in this area of Kenya so it can be difficult to grow crops and trees. To provide water for my farm I recycle our household water using ash to remove the soap and have bought a water tank to collect rainwater. Often this is still not enough so I have to buy water from the local distributor costing about 500 KSH a month. Through my involvement in the project, I have learned best practice conservation farming techniques for an arid climate, which, with limited availability of water, has dramatically increased my crop harvest and enabled me to achieve a higher survival rate with the trees that I plant. As a member of the Leadership Council I facilitate seminars for farmers to come and learn about the project and its benefits, and mentor other women who join; empowering them to improve their livelihoods by teaching them the best practices I have learned, and help them develop additional income producing skills.