Thankyou Group Pty Ltd is a social enterprise. Our mission is to amplify impactful change-makers to better serve people living in extreme poverty by redistributing wealth from consumer spending.
We do this by bringing consumers world-class products, and distributing its profits to our sole shareholder, the Thankyou Charitable Trust. The Thankyou Charitable Trust then funds organisations working to eradicate extreme poverty in their communities.
“We believe being certified carbon neutral demonstrates our commitment to operating responsibly to our internal and external stakeholders.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since December 2020.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
At Thankyou, our responsible business goals are an integral part of our overall business strategy.
These goals include minimising and offsetting Thankyou’s greenhouse gas emissions. Being carbon neutral is therefore, an important, but initial step in meeting this goal as we continue to sustainably grow while mitigating the impact of our emissions.
You can view our responsible business goals here: thankyou.co/about/sustainability.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
We believe being certified carbon neutral demonstrates our commitment to operating responsibly to our internal and external stakeholders.
We also believe that by undertaking this process of certification, this provides our organisation with visibility to help identify and establish reduction targets across our operations.
What offset projects do you support?
Wind power projects in India.
Why did you choose these projects?
We’ve chosen these projects due to the alignment of our mission of reducing extreme poverty and our focus as an organisation on aligning ourselves with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
These projects are described to help reduce inequity in low-income and vulnerable communities by creating sustainable livelihoods.
How can consumers support you?
The easiest way for consumers to support us is by continuing to purchase our products and using the power of consumer choice.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Some of the practical examples and activities include:
- We have made a strategic call to stop manufacturing and selling bottled water due to the unnecessary use of plastic, its contribution to landfill and its associated carbon emissions. We will be transitioning from all retailers by the end of this year.
- We have undertaken a carbon assessment for our operations and product (through an input/output analysis); to get a baseline of our carbon footprint and look at ways to make reduction targets.
- We have also implemented a permanent ‘work’ from home policy; which decreases employee commuting and the associated travel, reduction of office cleaning, and reduction to office landfill.
What has been the impact of your action?
As above, implementing the permanent ‘working from home’ policy has reduced emissions associated with employee commuting and the associated travel, as well as a reduction of resources and energy spent on the office (landfill, office supplies such as paper, cleaning costs etc).
As this is our base year, we will be focusing on measuring and reporting quantifiable improvements in the next financial year and beyond.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
In terms of efficiency, we would strongly suggest partnering with a trusted and capable registered consultant to assist in the different stages of this certification process. Our partner greatly assisted us in collecting, measuring and analysing our carbon emissions, finding aligned carbon credits to offset these emissions and finally, ensuring the application stage for this certification went smoothly.