About the client
A private partnership and investment firm, Baillie Gifford maintains high governance and sustainability standards to make sure their clients enjoy successful, long-term investments. They wanted a partner who could help them become climate neutral and share their programme’s positive outcomes with staff and clients.
What we did
Connecting with employees and clients is important to the success of Baillie Gifford’s climate neutral programme. We worked with the company’s Environmental Sustainability Group to come up with an inspiring project, through which they could take responsibility for their climate impact by offsetting emissions, while delivering a host of benefits for people, wildlife and the environment.
Together, we chose the Gola Rainforest Project – a unique initiative in one of West Africa’s last remaining biodiversity hot spots. By keeping conservation areas safe and allowing smallholder farmers to grow cocoa in harmony with their environment, the project protects the Gola rainforest’s communities and rich variety of flora and fauna, all while cutting 500,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Importantly, Baillie Gifford could be completely confident that the accuracy of our carbon offset process was watertight. Not only are carbon credits for all our projects independently verified in line with internationally recognised standards, but we also carried out our own rigorous due diligence process. Additionally, we provided materials, like case studies and photographs, to help the team communicate the project’s story in a compelling way.
What positive outcomes did we deliver?
By helping Baillie Gifford to offset its residual emissions and become climate neutral, ClimateCare helped the company to demonstrate a sense of environmental responsibility in a vivid and powerful way. The programme also gave Baillie Gifford’s staff and clients clear evidence of the credibility of their offsetting.
The transformative effects of their climate neutral programme extend far further though, delivering a wealth of positive outcomes for communities, wildlife and animals in Sierra Leone.