- About Earthly
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Earthly is a fully remote company, which allows us to minimise our overhead costs and provide the maximum value to our customers.
We are registered in London, UK but like our projects, our team members are based around the world, including in Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Rwanda, Spain, UK and USA.
Visit About Us to learn more about our amazing team.
We are not a charity. We are a limited company and a registered social enterprise.
We are also proud to be in the top 5% scoring B corps around the world which means we have exceptionally high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
80%. The remaining 20% covers costs related:
- transactions and FX
- the in-depth assessment of all projects to ensure high impact
- engagement & enablement tools
To minimise overhead costs and our carbon footprint, Earthly is a fully remote team.
We created the bundle to allow you to support multiple projects at once and spread your positive impact around the world. However, you can create a DIY bundle by selecting any mix of projects that align with your goals and values. Your support for the different projects can be weighted differently and doesn't necessarily need to be an even division of funds.
This is very important to us. We have developed our own Project Assessment criteria which enables you to compare verified and unverified projects that follow different standards and bodies (i.e. Verra, Plan Vivo, Gold Standard). Earthly's transparent scoring system analyses issues such as risk, additionality and permanence of project solutions - in areas beyond just carbon. We look at projects' past, present and future effects on local communities, biodiversity and ecosystems. Once we are satisfied a project is high-quality, it is added to our marketplace. We constantly monitor and review projects to check they are maintaining our highs standard and will make recommendations - or even remove them - if we observe any compromises.
Absolutely, we've created the Earthly bundle to make this easier or you can work with our team to build a bespoke portfolio that aligns with your brand's values.
Once you complete a purchase on the Earthly marketplace, you will receive an email inviting you to set a password and create an account. With your account, you will have access to your impact dashboard, the customer hub and project materials.
Once you have partnered with Earthly, we will continue to support you on your sustainability journey. All Earthly customers will gain access to a personal dashboard to track their investment in nature. You will also have access to our customer hub - full of guidelines and resources which will help your team create powerful and effective communications around your climate action. You will join a community the receives regular updates from our projects and top tips from other customers leading the way in sustainability. We are happy to help support with marketing materials and advice, and have an ever-growing library of resources on our site including webinars, event recordings, blog articles, eBooks and reports.
The Earthly customer hub will be your bible for creating a communication strategy around our partnership that engages customers, stakeholders and employees - and impresses your competitors! We will offer guidance, templates and practical advice on how to avoid greenwashing and use the appropriate terminology.
All Earthly projects pass our rigorous assessment and have a high impact across climate, biodiversity and community support. The marketplace filters allow you to select your preferred option - like ecosystem, geography, etc.
The Climate Positive Business certification is available for businesses with 50+ and recommended for businesses with 100+ employees.
There are exceptions - for example a small business that organises events and has a large manufacturing footprint.
There are lots of confusing terms out there - carbon neutral, climate positive, net zero and carbon negative for example! Where carbon negative means you are removing more carbon than you are producing, we use Climate Positive to highlight that this is being done in a way that benefits nature and the climate as a whole. This isn’t a quick process. Natural assets have to grow and we have to make sure they’re protected so they can function as carbon sinks long-term. Once a company has balanced 110%+ of its footprint - through nature-based solutions - they are Climate Positive and can be recognised by our certification.
No, we want to help and encourage businesses to go above and beyond just carbon offsetting. We show you where your impact is so you really know what mark you’re making on the planet. We help you invest in the nature-based solutions that will pack the biggest punch when addressing the climate crisis. And we don’t just balance your impact – we help you become Climate Positive. The natural assets you invest in will sequester more carbon than you are producing over their growth life. And don’t worry, we factor in buffers in case anything happens to the assets. Also, once you know your impact, you can choose to address areas that could be reduced to make your impact smaller. Which means you’ll be on your way to becoming climate positive, and you’ll be reducing the physical impact of your business alongside this.
The full end to end Earthly integration includes:
- Setting up multiple investment triggers (creating an account, referring a friend, purchasing a product, paying an invoice… your imagination is the limit!)
- Offering your customers a choice of projects they would like to support
- Creating users so that your customers can see their individual impact over time
- Embedding the outcomes your business and community have achieved by working with Earthly e.g. amount of Carbon removed from the atmosphere
The full integration can be completed within 2 weeks. We understand the desire to keep integration efforts to a minimum. Earthly’s API is designed with developers in mind, with clear and clean endpoints and accompanying in-depth documentation.
Some of our customers opt to integrate with a subsection of the API first, which can be done in just a few hours. For example, you can bake investments in nature into a workflow by integrating with the POST assets endpoint. You won’t have to change anything on the UI and all the impact data will be clearly visible on your Earthly dashboard.
Once you and your tech team have gotten confident with the API and it’s value, a full end to end integration can be done as described in the FAQ above. We’ll provide access to a testing environment to try everything out for yourself before deciding on the level of integration that makes the most sense for your company.
The Earthly API has more advantages than doing it manually. To name a few:
- Immediately visualise impact in your own ecosystem
- Show your customers increasing rewards each time they engage with you. Our customer Caixa Bank has increased engagement by 25% by implementing the API
- Easy to offer a wide-range of projects that support your users’ goals and values within your own ecosystem. With the Earthly API you can easily integrate and increase your users sense of agency and loyalty to your business
Yes, it is. The Earthly API has authenticated endpoints, you will receive an API key that is unique to your business.
Moreover, the API receives no business sensitive information. It is agnostic to what triggers the investment in nature, all it knows is that you are asking it to plant a tree, protect some rainforest or regenerate a coastline!
The Earthly API is GDPR compliant by default. Creating users is entirely optional. However, it can be really powerful to show your user what they have done for nature, especially if they can grow their impact by continuing to engage with you. If you choose to create users they are fully tokenised. This means Earthly will have no PII at all - they’re just a hash of random letters and numbers in our database!
Once you create your account with Earthly you will receive an email that allows you to view your public impact profile. The impact displayed here will grow the more you invest in nature, enabling you to share and track the impact you have made with your stakeholders and end users.
Yes, you can allow your customers to choose whether or not to pay to invest in nature. Earthly won’t process or access your users payment information. So all you have to do is charge your users via your existing payment process and then pay us as a part of your standard monthly invoice. Some of our customers will pay for investments in nature at checkout themselves as part of a rewards scheme, and others will do a combination of both. A few customers are even exploring creating an entirely white label marketplace of projects.
Tree-planting or afforestation projects that are registered for carbon credits can be used for offsetting emissions. But not all tree planting projects may not wish to apply for carbon certification. Currently, most tree planting projects including the ones we support do not have carbon certification, hence they can not be used for offsetting. However, our projects use their internal carbon accounting methodology that will still allow user to get a conservative estimate of the carbon impact your trees are having on the planet.
While carbon offsets are not a perfect solution and should not be relied on as the sole strategy for decarbonisation, they can be a good stop-gap measure while companies work towards reducing their own emissions. This is especially true for industries that are currently unable to fully decarbonise due to technological limitations or lack of alternatives.
Carbon offsets also serve as an important tool for transitioning towards a low-carbon economy, by incentivising the development of sustainable projects and technologies. In addition, they can help companies to meet emissions reduction targets and comply with regulations, while simultaneously contributing to global emissions reductions.
Of course, it is important to note that carbon offsets should only be used as part of a comprehensive decarbonisation strategy, and not as a way to avoid reducing emissions in the first place.
A carbon offset is a credit that represents the reduction or removal of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases, from the atmosphere. It is used to compensate for the emissions of carbon dioxide from an activity, such as air travel or driving, by funding projects that reduce or remove greenhouse gases, for example reforestation or renewable energy. The purpose of carbon offsets is to mitigate climate change by promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and helping to meet emissions reduction targets. In order to ensure carbon offsets are creating real and progressive climate impacts, the emissions they claim to reduce must be: additional, real, measurable, have no leakage, permanent and verifiable.
We go deeper into exploring carbon credits and offsetting here if you’re interested in learning more.
Carbon avoidance refers to activities that prevent or reduce the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, such as avoiding deforestation, promoting use of renewable energy or improving energy efficiency.
Carbon removal, on the other hand, involves capturing and storing carbon dioxide that has already been emitted into the atmosphere, typically through nature-based methods such as afforestation or technological methods such as direct air capture.
Carbon avoidance focuses on reducing future emissions, while carbon removal focuses on removing existing emissions from the atmosphere.
We say removal not offsetting because we believe that offsetting is just putting a plaster on the problem! We want to help people understand their impact and then simultaneously reduce it whilst investing in nature based solutions at the same time. One cannot be done in the place of the other - the climate will benefit faster if both tactics are employed. We also want to help businesses invest in natural assets that physically remove carbon, rather than just avoid emissions, which a lot of traditional carbon credits support.
There are several different carbon credit certification programs, each with their own criteria and standards for verifying emissions reductions and certifying carbon credits. Some of the major certification programs include the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Gold Standard, the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB Standards), and the American Carbon Registry (ACR).
The VCS focuses on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and removals, while the Gold Standard also includes sustainable development and social benefits for local communities. The CCB Standards emphasise biodiversity conservation, community engagement, and sustainable land use, while the ACR primarily verifies emissions reductions in the United States.
The specific criteria and standards for each certification program can vary, but all aim to provide credibility and transparency in carbon credit verification, and to promote environmental and social co-benefits alongside emissions reductions.
Absolutely! The amount of carbon you remove doesn't need to be tied to your exact footprint. The more carbon you want to remove, the better – you will be a true climate champion. You can do this in one big hit, or increase your investments over time.
We offer a Climate Positive certification, which requires balancing at least 110% of your business' unavoidable emissions - this should be complimented by a carbon-reduction plan. We also offer our certification when balancing 110%+ of the footprint of a specific team, corporate travel or an event. Many businesses find that our Climate Positive certification helps them on their journey to carbon neutral and/or net zero status.
For businesses that are working towards our Climate Positive certification, we will help you calculate your company's carbon footprint. We will provide an emissions report that details the impact of the different areas of your business operations. We can include suggestions of areas with room for improvement and help you identify where reduction targets may fit in. To build a fully-comprehensive reduction strategy, we can advise you on industry-specific partners to support you on this.
We assess all projects for their impact to ensure all our projects are of the highest standard. To learn more visit the Assessment Framework overview where you can download an ebook and and learn more about how we score each project.
There are many ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, but not all solutions have positive impacts on the surrounding nature and local communities.
We want our solutions to address both the climate and biodiversity crises. Nature-based solutions, which include natural climate solutions, provide systems of carbon removal with added co-benefits such as: habitat restoration, endangered species protection, employment and education, food and water security, social justice improvements, clean air and flood protection - the list goes on!
We go into the real science-y stuff here if you’re interested in learning more.
We assess projects across 106 data points related to climate, biodiversity and people, scoring on key criteria like additionality, leakage, net gain, transparency, etc. We fully compare the impact of projects, such as the species protection and flood alleviation benefits of mangrove planting in Madagascar or livelihood programmes focused on employment, education, health and equality in local villages of Indonesian Borneo.
We keep our project pages updated with the most relevant data on our website and in the customer resource hub. We also send a quarterly newsletter to Earthly customers with recently updates and news.
Our detailed project assessment takes into consideration subsequent monitoring reports from the projects which is incorporated in the project score. This way how the project has performed is already included within its score. Over time, we plan to periodically review new monitoring reports that will help increase or decrease the project score. Any changes to project scores will be communicated in our quarterly newsletters as well our direct communication to project investors.
Project investment risks might include factors like project failure from non-performance, natural disasters, abrupt policy changes. Our project assessment monitors across all these risks. In addition, we are partnered with third-party validators that conduct rigorous policy analysis and earth observation monitoring with alerts set for projects that allows us to preempt project failure risk and secure your investment long-term.
Becoming an Earthly customer provides you with extensive resources to help you understand, accelerate, and communicate your positive environmental and social impact:
- Your own impact dashboard that you can share to highlight your sustainability journey and progress. You can make the dashboard public and share it with your customers, employees and anyone else you’d like. Here is an example from our customer King, the makers of Candy Crush.
- A customer resource hub available for your entire company. Here is where you can find all the information, guidelines, templates, project updates and ideas for how you can communicate your positive impact.
Climate Positive customers receive a badge that can be shared on website, social channels, and used in company material. If you are a Climate Positive Business customer and also require a certificate, we can supply this to you.
All other customers can use their impact dashboard, the Earthly logo, project images, etc. to communicate their positive impact.
For each project we have an image gallery with visuals. Many projects also have video available.
Yes, our team loves to help customers with communicating their positive impact. Our customer resource hub provides advice on wording your social media posts and announcements, as well as videos, images and logos, in the customer hub. You can find great examples of social posts on our social hub. We also offer Office Hours and webinars for our customers.
Resources such as photos, logos and badges can all be found in the customer hub.
Every Tuesday we have Office Hours where you can speak with our Marketing team. We're happy to answer your questions or help you prepare marketing/communications material. Please email [email protected] to book a time slot.
Earthly exclusively supports Nature-based Solutions projects that have quantified benefits for carbon, biodiversity and people. However, we recognize that some NbS ecosystems do not have a developed carbon methodology yet (eg., seaweed projects) and thus aim to support such projects under Innovation Projects.
Earthly supports projects all over the world. We aim to have a diverse geographical representation of projects to offer to responsible businesses.
We follow the IUCN definition for NbS projects which defines NbS as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously benefiting people and nature.”
Most of our projects are available in our marketplace. We have a limited number of projects only available through our Sales team.
Earthly does not currently purchase or hold credits from projects. We list projects and their credits on our marketplace which are bought by clients. After the credits are sold from our platform, we liaise with projects to retire the credits on their respective registries.
No. We do not charge projects to be profiled on our website. We do however have a 20% fees that we charge to clients which is added on top of the price of the credits.
Every project goes through a screening process which involves: a pre-assessment, a 1:1 interview with developer and then a full project assessment to generate a score for project. Not all projects pass the pre-assessment stage. We care deeply about project indicators such as additionality, leakage, biodiversity baselining, free and informed consent, benefit sharing and thus chose to only work with projects that can demonstrate true actions on these indicators and more.
Yes, our project portfolio includes tree planting projects and we are always on the look out for new tree planting partners! We strive to work with tree planting projects that share our vision on quantified benefit for people and biodiversity.
We want to support the best projects with the premium finance that they deserve. All projects have to meet minimum passing criteria on three pillars: carbon, biodiversity and people. To learn more about these criteria, please take a look at our blog article on our holistic approach to project assessment.
Earthly does not set the price for its credits & only shares the price that project developers set for their project. The price for projects is determined by a mix of factors like: size and type of project (avoidance/ restoration), geography and political climate, type of ecosystem, project maintenance and labor costs, market average among others.