Today, Winkler Partners is joining over 500 certified B Corporations around the world committing to accelerate the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions to reach a 1.5 degree trajectory leading to net zero by the year 2030. This commitment is 20 years ahead of the 2050 targets set in the Paris Agreement and includes our Scope 1, 2 and most relevantly, Scope 3 emissions. The commitment is being made public at COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Madrid, Spain.
For many years Winkler Partners has taken the initiative to lower our negative impact on the natural environment. Since 2004, we have worked to reduce our energy consumption, lower the amount of waste we produce and look for sustainable ways to operate our business. More recently, in 2017 we installed solar panels to meet approximately 18% of our energy needs and began offsetting the emissions of our international travel, which accounts for approximately 50% of our total emissions. In 2019 we planted 3,555 trees with the carbon storage potential roughly equivalent to our 2018 carbon footprint.
In light of the climate crisis, we believe businesses can do more to mitigate the effects of an increasingly warming and unstable climate. We are proud to stand with fellow B Corps including Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s, Natura Cosméticos SA, The Guardian and others around the world and in Taiwan by committing our name to the most aggressive climate action effort by as large a constituency of businesses in the world to date.
B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability. You can find out more about B Corporations on their website here.