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2006: The year that five young Swiss environmental entrepreneurs connect

In 2006, five young entrepreneurs laid the foundation for South Pole. They came from different academic backgrounds but were connected by a shared belief: that our economy and society can only become really sustainable if environmental protection and social standards are profitably integrated into corporate processes.

Zurich was their home and the world their responsibility. Each had their own perspective on ways to deal with climate change. From protecting forests, land and water to promoting renewable energy to market driven initiatives for companies and investors. They quickly discovered these differing perspectives, borne of differing disciplines, could work together as one. After successfully founding the non-profit 'myclimate' they decided to position climate change as a business opportunity for visionary companies. South Pole was born.

Drawing their motivation from a dynamic environment and the belief in a sustainable world, the founders built a fast growing enterprise with an international reach. Today, South Pole has offices and representatives in 15 countries on all continents and over 200 employees with over 30 different nationalities. Our employees have interdisciplinary backgrounds and have degrees from the best universities and experience in both, the public and private sector.

Milestones

  • 2006: Founding of South Pole in Zurich
  • 2007: Opening of offices in Beijing and Bangkok
  • 2008: Opening of offices in Mexico City und Jakarta
  • 2009: Opening of office in New Delhi
  • 2009: Investment from Corisol Holding
  • 2010: Opening of office in Medellin
  • 2011: Investment in VNEEC, Vietnam
  • 2011: WEF Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2011
  • Since 2011: Awarded “Best Project Developer” 2011 - 2017” by Environmental Finance
  • 2012: Investment in Climate Friendly, Australia
  • 2012: Recognition by the City of Sydney for sustainable enterprises, businesses and supra-national organisations
  • 2013: Sustainability award for SME from the Bank of the Canton of Zurich
  • 2013: Opening of office in Stockholm
  • Since 2014: Part of the expert networks of the World Economic Forum
  • 2014: Core Partner of Climate-KIC the EU’s biggest climate innovation platform
  • 2016: Opening of office in London
  • 2017: Sale of South Pole’s unit “Climate Neutral Investments” to “Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.” (ISS)
  • 2017: Official Partner of the UNFCCC at the COP 24 climate conference in Bonn
  • 2018: Opening of office in Amsterdam

Partnerships and Memberships

  • Alliance for Water Stewardship
  • Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation
  • EU Climate-KIC (Core Partner)
  • International Emissions Trading Association
  • International Insetting Platform
  • Swiss Cleantech
  • Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa
  • Tropical Forest Alliance 2020
  • UN Global Compact
  • World Bank Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
  • World Economic Forum

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