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Why PlanetMark

Why Planet Mark?

We believe we must all work together to embrace sustainability. We work passionately with organisations to empower their people to halt the climate crisis and improve society in everything they do. And by working this way we will build a sustainable brighter future for us and our planet.

Through our Net Zero Programme, we are supporting businesses of all sizes to plan for and reach net zero targets in this critical Decade of Action. 

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What is Planet Mark?

Planet Mark is a sustainability certification for every type of organisation and for real estate. Our certification recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals who make a world of difference.

Through our certification, we can help your business to strengthen your Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and set credible net zero carbon targets that align with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)’s Net-Zero Corporate Standard. 

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How does it work?

We enable organisations and their people to positively transform society, the environment and the economy through measurement of their carbon and social data, using our unique three-step process: Measure, Engage and Communicate.

As a result of rigorous measurement, a commitment to improvement and engaging their stakeholders in the process, our members can communicate their progress with confidence, transparency and enthusiasm.

Our Net Zero Programme, aligned with the SBTi’s Net-Zero Corporate Standard, can also help your business to reach net zero carbon. No matter what stage in your net zero journey you are on, from committing to a target to creating the action plan needed to get there, we’re here to support you.

A unique process
Measure Engage Communicate

Our robust three-step process to certification involves measuring our members’ impact, helping them to engage their staff to drive change; and giving our members the tools to communicate their progress.

Continuous improvement

Collective impact

Compliance reporting

The benefits


What does a sustainability certification for business mean?
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The Planet Mark Business Certification is a recognised symbol of sustainability progress. It demonstrates a business’ commitment to measuring and reducing their carbon emissions, ultimately contributing to their environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. The certification means that you can report your progress to stakeholders with confidence.

What are the sustainability requirements to achieve certification?
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You receive Planet Mark certification once carbon emissions have been verified. You can also choose to measure your social value as a more holistic view of your global impact. You are able to renew and retain your Planet Mark through quantifiable reductions of carbon emissions on an annual basis after year one.

What are the business benefits of holding a sustainability certification?
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A recognised sustainability certification gives businesses a competitive advantage and improves brand image. It can reduce costs and ultimately ensures a future-proofed business. It also helps to attract and retain talent as more employees are looking for ethically responsible workplaces. Combined, the benefits of holding a sustainability certification improves a business’ triple bottom line covering profit, people, and the planet. The regenerative economy will support and reward those organisations that truly contribute to society and the planet.

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Can you help us to reach net zero?
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Yes, our Net Zero Programme will demystify the subject of net zero carbon emissions and will support your business to reach it. No matter what stage in your net zero journey you are on, from committing to a target to creating the action plan needed to get there, we can help. Our Net Zero Programme is aligned with the SBTi’s Net-Zero Corporate Standard so you can be assured that you are meeting credible and robust targets that are internationally recognised.

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What is social value?
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Social value is the net social and environmental benefits generated by an organisation to society through its corporate and community activities. These are reported as financial performance. You can choose to measure your social value contributions alongside carbon measurement through Planet Mark, revealing your full sustainability story. Measuring your social value contributes to a strengthened environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria which is critical to long-term competitive success.

How does a Planet Mark certification help with compliance reporting?
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A certification helps businesses to understand and integrate environmental standards into their wider sustainability strategy. Along with compliance to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 requirements, our certification helps your business to contribute to nine UN SDGs and addressing 19 SDG targets. Measuring your carbon emissions along with your social value contributions can strengthen your ESG strategy.

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Our commitment to change

There is no doubt, we are living in a seminal and historic moment in time. 2020 – 2030 was identified as the Decade of Action, a period when we would need to tackle the climate crisis and halt biodiversity loss. 

In this crucial period, the actions we take now will shape our present and our future. Collaborative and decisive action is required to empower change at scale and contribute to a brighter future. We appeal to businesses in every sector to join us in setting a net zero target. 

The time is now for every organisation and authority to take decisive actions that will enact promises made at COP26 and keep the 2015 Paris Agreement warming target of 1.5°C alive. 

We hope you will join us and commit to net zero.

Steve Malkin
CEO and Founder, Planet Mark

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