Giki is an evidence-led B Corp that helps people learn to live more sustainably and then take step-by-step actions to cut their carbon footprint.
Our mission is to empower people with the knowledge and tools to reduce carbon and transform our world, step by step.
To do this we’ve built a programme that helps organizations engage and educate their staff to help them think carbon and cut carbon. You can read more about Giki Zero here.
The programme combines our science based carbon calculator and an engagement plan to help keep sustainability top of mind.
All of our team work at Giki because we want to help people cut carbon emissions. We’re supported by amazing specialists and experts from the academic, scientific, education and business communities.
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 to cut emissions.
A message from Giki
“In this decisive decade, we need to halve greenhouse gas emissions globally to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis. Every single one of us can play a part, and that’s why we set up Giki. We want to help people live more sustainably and tackle the root causes of environmental impact.
There is no 1.5 degree world without doing things differently, and Giki is designed to help everybody cut carbon emissions and protect our environment together.“
Jo and James Hand
Board and Advisors
Our Net Zero commitment
Our Tech Zero pledge – We’re committed to net zero
At Giki Social Enterprise, we’re committing to reach net zero emissions. We did it in 2020 and 2021 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 reach net zero by the end of 2021.
- 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 doing it 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.
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.
Race to Zero
Giki has joined the Race to Zero through the SME Climate Hub.
We measure the amount of carbon, water and single use plastic that we’re helping people save as well as the number of steps that they are taking.
As of December 2021 our amazing community has committed to save over 13million kg of carbon, 300 million litres of water and 800,000 pieces of single use plastic. People have committed to over 75,000 steps and completed more than 21,000 steps covering everything from quick wins to big impact and planet saving steps.
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.
Giki’s Carbon Footprint
We calculate Giki’s Carbon Footprint by calculating Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. With the global pandemic changing how we work our Scope 3 emissions include employee home footprints to cover home working.
Giki is a Net Zero company covering Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions. For Scope 3 emissions we include calculations on purchased goods and services (in particular cloud service providers but also the food and drink we consume at business meetings), business travel, and use of products (an estimate of the power used by users of our digital products). From 2020 we also include a portion of employee home footprints to reflect home working which is an important part of how we work.
Footprint calculations are conducted annually and we then assess how our footprint can be reduced in the coming year with by cutting out carbon emissions or switching to lower carbon alternatives. In 2020 our footprint was under 1.5 tonnes and was reduced compared to 2019 by a number of factors. 1) The Covid pandemic. Even though all staff work remotely in 2019 we had regular face-to-face meet ups. These only occurred in the early stages of 2020 thereby reducing our business travel footprint 2) We opened an account with a bank who do not lend to fossil fuel companies. We also started using Giki Zero Pro to help our colleagues reduce their carbon footprints in their own lives.
In 2021 our Scope 1 and 2 emissions were zero. However, as we hired more staff and travel restrictions eased our Scope 3 emissions rose to just over 4 tonnes predominantly due to home working. As home working is the largest component of our Scope 3 emissions we are investigating ways to help our colleagues save more energy at home. We also measure how much carbon we’re emitting compared to how much carbon we are saving as people use Giki Zero. Currently for every tonne of carbon that we emit to build and run Giki Zero we help people save more than 3,000 tonnes of carbon with the use of our programme.
We double remove any emissions that we emit using nature based solutions and so our net carbon footprint is minus 4 tonnes. We also have a number of policies which we believe make it easier for our colleagues to reduce their personal environmental impact including: paid leave for climate action days, additional holidays where travel by train takes longer then plane, regular Giki Zero sessions and a live channel for carbon cutting ideas, paid leave for green “admin” and incentives to join renewable energy providers. Giki also has a no fly policy for all staff and only buys vegetarian and vegan food.
In 2022 we plan to hire more people which will likely increase our gross emissions but which should also lead to a higher ratio of carbon saved to carbon emitted. However, as well as continuing to use Giki Zero Pro to help our colleagues reduce their environmental impact at home we will also 1) conduct a survey about home working to see how we can specifically help people reduce their emissions and 2) shift all of our financial services to companies who are members of the Science Based Targets initiative with plans to halve emissions by 2030.