TFT has been at the forefront of the forest conservation movement for over ten years and started its Climate Tree initiative as a means of helping you engage directly in our projects solving social and environmental problems in developing countries.TFT has already formed important partnerships with a number of organizations and Climate Tree funding and support is already flowing from these partnerships to the projects.
National Wildlife Federation is a Founding Climate Tree partner and has entered into a collaborative partnership with TFT to lead the implementation of all Climate Tree Programs in North America. NWF's aim is to directly tackle the loss of tropical forests and realize biodiversity and climate conservation goals together.
NWF based in Reston, VA, USA. NWF is America's leading conservation group working to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. NWF is well known for its creative public education and consumer awareness programs, including work with the wood and paper industry. Recent examples include the first Garden Furniture Scorecard rating retailers on sustainable wood products, the Catalog Choice service to help consumers reduce unwanted catalogs in the waste stream, and award winning magazines and media programs. NWF is also deeply engaged in international dialogues aimed at developing mechanisms to address deforestation.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation encourages the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main areas: climate change, biodiversity and water.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has entered into a collaborative partnership with TFT to lead the implementation of the Centre for Social Excellence for the forests of Congo Basin - a new long-term initiative designed to address issues related to sustainable forest management and its implication for local and indigenous communities.
The Fondation Chirac sustains sustainable forms of development through four major challenges: access to medicine, access to fresh water, the fight against deforestation and desertification, and support of threatened languages and cultures. The actions aiming to counter deforestation and desertification are supported through an effort to promote the logic of sustainable resource management and the cultural and linguistic diversity around the globe.
The Fondation Chirac is a Founding Climate Tree partner and supports the Centre for Social Excellence through the implementation of a community radio project that will create and sustain a dialogue for the Pygmy and Bantu communities living in the forests of the north of the Republic of Congo.
With more than 500 stores in France, E. Leclerc is a leading French retailer that has adopted strict environmental policies. With its strong commitment to the environment, E. Leclerc was one of the first retailers to eliminate the traditional plastic carrier bag. As a member of TFT since 2004, E. Leclerc has progressively eliminated wood coming from unknown sources and has successfully shifted its supply chains to only include wood from TFT supported projects or from forests that are FSC-certified. Building on its dedication to support the conservation of tropical forests, E. Leclerc is a founding member of TFT's Climate Tree initiative and is committed to shifting its soy and palm oil supplies to reduce the impact on tropical forests.
Virgin Balloon Flights is the leading hot air balloon flights company in the UK offering unforgettable airborne adventures from over 100 locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
As part of a commitment to sustainable development, Virgin Balloon Flights is supporting the Forest Trust's Climate Tree initiative to assist in delivering significant climate change benefits through the conservation of forests. Specifically Virgin Balloon Flights is financing activities in the Congo Basin in Africa, such as the Centre of Social Excellence, to address the issues of deforestation and the implications for local and indigenous communities.
Virgin Balloon Flights plans to engage with employees, customers and stakeholders regarding the projects and to encourage further debate and support.
Macintosh Retail Group
Corporate Responsibility & Innovation
Since the early beginnings (1949) Macintosh Group is aware of its responsibility towards society and our planet and therefore wishes not just to comply with applicable laws and regulations, but also take account of values that are generally accepted within society. Macintosh Retail Group aims to structure its operations in such a way as to create a balance between its responsibility to society in general and the economic interests of its shareholders, staff, customers and business relations who form part of society. Only if we all work together, we can assure a socially equitable, ecologically responsible and economically viable future for us and our generations to follow.
Every day Macintosh's operating companies sell products in their shops and on the internet. On the one hand Macintosh tries to fulfil the consumer's needs and wishes while trying to optimalize profit and opportunities to grow. Everyday operation as well as strategic decisions contribute to the highest goal: sustainable profitable growth. But not at every cost. Macintosh would like to continue to sell products, also over 100 years. Therefore they continuously look for the best ways to do business. Macintosh tries to reduce a negative impact on the planet, but also looks for ways to emphasize its positive impact. So it goes further then trying to do less bad: they aim to be good. To ensure sustainable profitable growth Macintosh focuses on: People, Planet, Product, Supply Chain, Innovation. Visit www.macintosh.nl for more information.
The Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (IDESAM) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2004 and based in the city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. IDESAM's programs and activities are focused on forest conservation, environmental services and climate change mitigation in the Amazon.
IDESAM is an official registered observer in the UNFCCC, and participates actively in the dialogues related to Forestry, A/R CDM activities, and on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD). IDESAM is a special advisor to the Government of the State of Amazonas and to the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), on issues related to Climate Change, REDD, and on structuring the "Amazonas Initiative" and the State' Policy for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (www.amazonas.gov.br).
IDESAM is already working closely with TFT and their partnership with the Climate Tree aims to expand this collaboration.
JYSK has stores in 32 countries and today consists of approximately 1.600 stores, primarily located in Europe. We are a staff of almost 15,000. In Germany and Austria, the stores are known as Dänisches Bettenlager - an independent company in the JYSK Group. The group has an annual turnover of EUR 2 bn and growth is steady. JYSK purchases large quantities from suppliers all over the world and wants to be a socially responsible and sustainable retailer in a global economy dealing with for example environmental issues and working conditions, and we expect the same attitude from our suppliers. That is why we are one of the founders of TFT - The Forest Trust. Today approximately 75 per cent of all our wooden garden furniture carries the FSC mark. It is a natural part of our commitment to sustainable solutions to support the Climate Tree initiative.
Skanska Group is one of the world's leading project development and construction groups with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects and public-private partnerships. Based on its global green experience, Skanska aims to be the clients' first choice for green solutions. The Group currently has 53,000 employees in selected home markets in Europe, in the US and Latin America. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Skanska's sales in 2009 totalled SEK 137 billion.
Skanska's Environmental Policy commits the company to:
"Champion the efficient use of energy and reduce emissions of gasses associated with Climate Change. Where reduction is not possible, as a last resort we will offset our own direct emissions using reputable means. Where practicable we will favour renewable energy sources"
To take action, we've decided the best use of our support is directly investing in projects that avoid deforestation, which involve those living in the natural forests, therefore having a bigger and more positive impact than carbon offsetting alone.
The Skanska Group are now making voluntary contributions calculated against our air travel to TFT's Natural Forest programme in Brazil. This contribution directly supports Sustainable Forest Management programmes which reduce deforestation and reduce the output of Green House Gases.
DILIGENT GROUP LIMITED is a manufacturer of lighting and energy saving products in Hong Kong, China. Through extensive research and development efforts over the past decade, Diligent has achieved the mission of offering affordable and sustainable energy saving solutions to private labels all over the world. Today Diligent manufactures and exports energy saving products, including Compact Florescent Lamp (CFL), high lumens LED lamps, Water Savers and Energy Meters. The Diligent manufactured products can be found in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Through a special support programme with The Climate Tree, Diligent Group are supporting TFT's work with community cooperatives and forest managers, helping them to get a better price for the responsible timber they produce. Through TFT training and guidance in sustainable forest management practices and helping them to become certified, communities and forest managers can sell their timber to the international market for a better price: a process which works to conserve the natural forest environment.
The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to raising levels of achievement in secondary education.
It has a membership of over 5,600 schools and organisations in over 30 countries. It works with headteachers, teachers and students to encourage them to develop and share new and effective teaching and learning practice, and to improve schools to raise standards and levels of achievement.
Walden Guitars supports an environmentally responsible lifestyle, with strong commitments to a healthy work ethic and to a better world. For every guitar purchased before December 31st 2010, Walden Guitar will make a donation to The Forest Trust's Tonewoods Conservation Project.
Help make a difference, with Walden Guitars and The Forest Trust.
Africa Wood for Life, founded in June 2007, is a club of 23 responsible timber companies which want to meet highest standards of sustainable development in the Congo Basin and West Africa. Its objective is to reach 10 million hectares of certified forests by 2012.
Africa Wood for Life has joined the TFT program because there is no time to lose. We can still avoid a major catastrophe if energies join together. Climate tree has proved to be a very competent partner. We expect their teams on the field to give a significant concrete contribution to our members on the way to certification.
Just Forests are delighted to partner with The Climate Tree and TFT for the Tonewood Conservation Project. Our vision and mission are mutually supportive particularly as we approach 2011-The International Year of Forests as many of the ‘tonewoods' used in the making of our beautiful musical instruments are under severe threat from over-exploitation. For the past twenty one years, Just Forests has worked to create awareness of the importance of forests and wood to society and the overall programme of Just Forests has been conceived and designed to highlight the established -but still not yet fully recognized and understood- role and significance of timber/forests in the overall debate on sustainable human development.
The Climate Tree would like to thank Jordan Tanner SA. for donating funds to support the Luang Prabang community forestry project in Laos that would traditionally have been used for client Christmas gifts. The Luang Prabang project was selected as it promotes sustainable forest management for teak, a species frequently used in veneer and flooring and the gift will be used to support community training and development work, helping to protect the environment while at the same time improving local livelihoods.