LOFA has teamed up with Planet Mark, an organisation that cares about the planet and wants to help businesses action and power change. Its certification recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and helps build an empowered community of like-minded individuals to make a whole world of difference.
LOFA first became aware of Planet Mark in 2020 at the GCA conference, where Sir Tim Smit KBE the founder of the Eden Project, gave a presentation on sustainability and what businesses could do to reduce their carbon footprints.
Some of LOFA’s members have already started down this road – Alexander Rose, Lifestyle Garden @Scancom, Leisuregrow, Zest4leisure, Que Fresco, Kadai and Ginique, to name but a few – and are well on their way to reducing the effect their businesses are having on the planet.
Planet Mark supports the Eden Project and also Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation by putting local people back in control of their forests. Every business that joins Planet Mark protects an acre of rainforest for every year of membership, so far Planet Mark has protected hundreds of acres of rainforest in Peru and LOFA’s involvement will protect hundreds more.
By measuring and reducing Its carbon footprint with Planet Mark, LOFA says it can directly and measurably contribute to up to nine Sustainable Development Goals and address 25 SDG targets.
To help kick off this initiative, LOFA – in conjunction with Planet Mark – will be holding a Business Sustainability Essentials workshop. This workshop will outline how LOFA members can choose their organisation’s focus areas for carbon reduction and social value creation and take incremental steps forward to come up with plans to reduce carbon emissions.