Baillie Gifford

  • Location: Africa

Investment managers, Baillie Gifford, recognise the key part companies like theirs play in creating a more sustainable future. As a result, they are taking action to improve the sustainability of their operations. An integral part of this vision was to take full responsibility for their climate impacts and become 100% climate neutral. The firm turned to ClimateCare to help them meet this goal and set a positive example.

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.

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We continue to be impressed by how professional and easy to work with ClimateCare is. Having reviewed a number of options, we chose ClimateCare’s project in Sierra Leone because of the closer link to on-the-ground activities and greater transparency compared to third party projects. We’re excited to bring ClimateCare into our offices and share the successes of this project with staff.

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Diane Esson, Environmental Sustainability Group, Baillie Gifford

43,000,000 Tonnes of CO2 reduced

41,000,000 Lives improved

200,000 Hectares of forest protected

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A wealth of positive outcomes for communities, wildlife and animals in Sierra Leone.

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