Nando's 1,200 restaurants operate in 35 countries across the world. From their famous South African PERi-PERi chillies, to the chicken and chips sourced in the UK and Ireland, Nando's wanted to achieve carbon neutrality across its global operations by the end of 2021.
The team in the UK & Ireland needed support to develop a carbon compensation strategy that enabled Nando's to achieve carbon neutrality – a key milestone on the journey to reaching net zero emissions and delivering its 2030 target. As well as making a credible climate action claim, this important first step needed to align with Nando's heritage and its brand values.
South Pole's team worked with Nando's on a series of workshops to engage senior stakeholders; educating them on the importance of carbon compensation as part of a corporate climate journey. You can find out why compensation is an integral part of a net zero roadmap here.
Nando's wanted its climate action strategy to have a tangible positive impact on communities and biodiversity. With its geographical connection to southern Africa, the South Pole team went about creating a portfolio of high quality carbon credits that had positive climate impacts in this region.
The Kariba Project protects almost 785,000 hectares of forests and wildlife on the southern shores of Lake Kariba, near the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. One of the largest registered REDD+ projects by the area it connects four national parks and eight safari reserves, forming a giant biodiversity corridor. As well as this, the project implements numerous community-focused initiatives detailed below.
As Nando's re-opened in the UK and Ireland after lockdown, we wanted to welcome customers in England by announcing that we will become carbon neutral by November 2021 on its roadmap to becoming Net Zero by 2030– a major new commitment ahead of the UN's COP26 Summit which takes place in Glasgow.