About Us

Founded in 2017 by husband and wife Jo and James Hand, Giki is an evidence-led B Corp and Social Enterprise. Our mission is to help people take more climate action.

To do this we work with companies to engage their employees on sustainability. Giki has worked with over 100 companies, across sectors and around the world, and we’ve been selected as a UN backed Race to Zero Accelerator for employee engagement.

We believe that there are many people who are ready, and willing, to take climate action but they need information, and inspiration, to help them start today. Our programme combines our team’s experience in sustainability, behaviour change, communications and the best practice we’ve seen from the leading companies worldwide to make this happen.

Don’t let the fact you cannot do everything stop you from doing something. Find the step you’re most motivated to do, start it then keep going.

Jo Hand, Co-Founder

A team of trusted experts

All of our team work at Giki because we want to help take action on climate change. Whether someone is just starting out, or a long time green ambassador, we want to provide them with knowledge and motivation to do more.

  • Our team are leaders in the fields of sustainability and employee engagement with many having decades of experience at commercial and NGO organisations before joining Giki.​
  • Our Board and advisors include leading climate scientists and practitioners.​
  • We all share the hope that we have the knowledge to do what we need to, but the realism that we’re not doing enough.

From my time at Giki I truly believe that an individual taking a step is real progress. But it’s when communities take steps together that we see real change.

James Hand, Co-Founder

B Corp Certified

Giki has been awarded B Corporation status in recognition of us meeting the very highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, legal accountability and purpose.  

B Corp is a long, rigorous process. We wanted to go through it to test ourselves and show that our commitments to having a positive impact can be externally scrutinised and certified. You can read more about why we decided to become a B Corp on our blog.

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Initiatives and Commitments

Race to Zero

Giki has joined the Race to Zero through the SME Climate Hub. We are also a Race to Zero Accelerator for employee engagement.

Our Net Zero commitment

At Giki Social Enterprise, we’re committing to reach net zero emissions. We did it in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 and we intend to keep doing it!

This means limiting our company’s carbon footprint in line with keeping global warming to below 1.5°C – the critical level of heating to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis

The commitments we’re making

As part of our net zero commitment, we:

  • Measure all our global organization’s greenhouse gas emissions, including scope 3, and report them publicly each year.
  • Publish more details about how we plan to continue to cut emissions.
  • Appoint a member of our executive team to be responsible and accountable for our net zero target.
  • Communicate our climate commitments in other meaningful ways, including to our customers.
  • Report our progress on short and medium term targets to our Board annually, and on our website.

You can read more about exactly how we’re committing to net zero here. We’re on track with all of these commitments as we measure our emissions, report them publicly and have an annual plan to reduce emissions further.

Business Declares

Giki is proud to be a member of Business Declares, the fast-growing network of businesses who acknowledge the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Giki is already a Net Zero company. Concern for the planet and natural ecosystems is crucial to us and is the reason we established Giki. We look forward to continuing to share our journey and ensuring our voice is part of the collective, resounding call for change. We are certainly not claiming to be perfect, neither are we judging others, instead we are part of a coalition of the willing looking to collaborate and accelerate action while continuing to highlight the challenges and uncomfortable truths.

Giki’s Emissions and Net Zero journey

Giki’s mission is to help people take climate action, we also measure our own emissions and report through the SME Climate Hub annually on progress.

In 2023 our total carbon footprint was 5.72 tonnes. This was entirely made up of Scope 3 emissions as we are a remote first organisation without facilities, offices or vehicle fleet. We have a plan in place to continue to reduce our emissions in 2024 with a target of cutting Scope 3 emissions by 50% by 2025. We also assess our carbon emissions as a company, compared to the carbon we help people avoid through our programme. In 2023 this ratio was over 1,000 to 1 highlighting Giki’s positive impact.

The largest part of our Scope 3 emissions is Category 7 emissions, specifically working from home.

In 2023 we updated our methodology to use Defra working from home emissions factors which led to a move up in our baseline emissions compared to 2022. At the same time we held a Giki “Working from home challenge” to help colleagues find areas to cut carbon when working from home and also conducted a working from home survey to help augment the Defra conversion factors (e.g. by looking at % of renewable usage and heat pumps). As a remote first organisation the main challenge to reduce our emissions is encouraging the shift to electrification for heating at home which, in 2023, faced a headwind of inconsistent government policy and incentives but, nonetheless, Giki employees continued to make the change.

Business travel is the second largest part of Giki’s carbon footprint. We continue to have a no fly policy and encourage the use of public transport for all client facing and internal meetings. We also provide colleagues with a series of green benefits to help them reduce their personal carbon footprints including additional days off for holidays where the train is taken instead of the plane.

As in prior years we offset our residual footprint with high quality offsets in line with SBTi guidance and have plans in place to reduce our emissions aiming to cut Scope 3 emissions by 50% by 2025.

Meet the team

James
Co-Founder
Jo
Co-Founder
Robert
Front-End Developer
Rich
Marketing Director
Fani
Visual Designer
Stuart
Back-End Developer
Helen
Impact Director
Scott
QA / Product Designer
Vicki
Finance & Legal Director
Faye
Impact Director
Toby
Operations Director
Emily
Sustainability Comms
Erika
Developer

Meet our Board and Advisors

Paul Dickinson
Executive Chair CDP and co-host Outrage + Optimism
Sayo Ayodele
COP 26 Climate Action Champions' Team, Leadersquest Partner
Professor Tim O'Riordan
Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia
Dexter Galvin
Global Director of Corporations and Supply Chains, CDP
Richard Graham
Head Counsel, Digital & Compliance, Richemont
Dr Richard Carmichael
Research Associate and Co-Leader of the Behaviour Change in Energy and Environment Policy Research Network, Imperial College London
Tom Coates
CTO Simpleweb
Michael Strahlman
Director of EV Just Park