Our Impact

Acting today for a better tomorrow

At South Pole, our mission is to accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society. We believe that a more prosperous future is within reach, but only if everyone plays their part today.

We've helped organisations big and small play their part since 2006, with meaningful climate action being central in everything we do. To see just one example of the positive impact we've created with partners and clients, visit our projects page.

But we also need to walk the talk. That's why we've built a robust sustainability policy into our business strategy. Driving sustainability both on the inside and the outside helps achieve our vision of climate action for all.

What are we doing at South Pole?

South Pole is a proud member of the UN Global Compact and our sustainability policy guides day-to-day operations to ensure our environmental and social impact is consistently managed and optimised. We have set a science-based emissions target in line with 1.5°C global warming scenarios, which has been validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). However, we know that climate action is a team sport, which is why we've also signed the SBTi's Business Ambition for 1.5°C and the UNFCCC's Race to Zero initiatives to connect with like-minded organisations and to inspire others to join us.

We've committed to ensuring that, within the next 20 months, all of our default pension providers across our 18 global offices are sustainable. We're also on the road to global B Corp certification. In 2020, our entities in the USA and Australia became certified B Corps. During 2021, we will do the same in the UK, Netherlands, and German offices.

Partnerships

We are proud to partner with organisations around the world to drive climate action for all.


Sustainability Report

We are committed to transparently sharing our own progress with you.


Awards

We're honored to have our work and our brilliant team of leading climate experts recognized by industry peers and leading sustainability awards.

We support the planet and a sustainable economy

Every day, in over 20 countries, we help our clients create tens of thousands of jobs in developing countries,
channel hundreds of millions of dollars in new green business models, and improve living conditions for people around the world.

Together with our clients we have so far achieved the following results:


People

  • Positively affected 20 million people around the globe (around the total population of Sri Lanka)
  • Helped create nearly 100,000 jobs in developing countries (around the total number of employees of The Coca-Cola Company)

Planet

  • Saved over 170 million tonnes of CO2 (around the annual GHG emissions of the US State of New York)
  • Screened the climate footprint of over US$ 2 trillion of investments (in economic terms around double the GDP of Indonesia)
  • Mobilised over US$ 15 billion clean energy investments (around the annual budget of the country of Uruguay)
  • Enabled the production of more than 140,000 GWh of renewable energy (almost half of the national annual electricity consumption of the UK)

Projects

  • Developed over 700 projects in renewables, forestry, agriculture, industry, households and public institutions
  • Protected or restored over 55,000 km2 of land (around the total area of the African country of Togo)

South Pole Impact

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Our Mission

South Pole's range of climate solutions empower organisations to seize the opportunities climate change presents and to mitigate climate-related risks. We identify and implement the right steps for transforming our global society and economy

Our Story

In 2006, five young social entrepreneurs got together and founded South Pole. From the beginning, diversity, partnership and entrepreneurship have been key values for the company – and these three values continue to drive the success of South Pole today.

Our People

The motivation and expertise of over 400 employees from more than 30 countries drives our success and impact. Our colleagues have an interdisciplinary background and degrees from the best universities as well as experience in the public and private sector.

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