When it comes to biodiversity, Australia is one of the most significant places on the planet. As one of only 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries, the land down under sits among the richest countries in the world (biologically speaking).
It’s no surprise then, that Australia is one of the most popular places to move to. Perhaps it’s the untouched beaches, tropical rainforests, turquoise coral reef, snowy mountains, wild desserts or lush hinterland. Australia truly has it all, and we want to keep it that way.
That’s why we’ve joined forces with 1% for the Planet with a promise to donate 1% of all of our sales to environmental causes.
It’s a partnership that creates real impact - and we’re 100% onboard with that.
In this article we’re sharing exactly what it means to be a 1% partner, how it all works, the causes that benefit, and how you or your Australian business can get involved.
1% for the Planet was founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of outdoor clothing company Patagonia and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies.
Born to combat the rise of greenwashing - the appearance of doing good by the environment to improve a business's public image - 1% for the Planet launched with a mission to hold companies accountable.
The idea was simple: because companies profit from the resources they take from the earth, they should protect those resources.
Over the last 20+ years 1% for the Planet has built a network of 6,500 partners from across 111 different countries and has generated a total $583 million in certified donations.
“This is not philanthropy. This should be a cost of doing business. It’s paying rent for our use of the planet.”
Yvon Chouinard | 1% for the Planet Co-founder
1% for the Planet supports hundreds of Australian-based environmental organisations. This means that when you spend your money with a 1% partner, you know Aussie nonprofits are among those feeling the benefits.
And, more funding for Australian environmental groups means a happier, healthier natural world for us to live in.
You can explore the full list of Environmental Partners here. We’ve listed just a few of them below to give you an idea of the kinds of organisations that receive donations from business partners like Upmove.
The Sea Turtle Foundation undertakes a range of activities to address the big impacts on turtle including:
Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians working to influence Australia to adopt strong climate policies by growing the number of farmers, regional communities and elected representatives championing ambitious action.
Through connection and support, farmers advocate for climate solutions both on and off farm.
Native Animal Rescue treats and cares for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native animals including marine turtles and rehabilitates them back into their natural environment.
How they help Australian environmental issues:
TreeProject is a non-profit, volunteer-based organisation leading the way in sustainable re-vegetation throughout Victoria.
Since 1989, TreeProject has facilitated the growing and planting of more than 2 million trees into the Victorian Landscape through volunteer and community-based initiatives.
The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT) works with Indigenous Ranger groups in one of the most culturally rich and biodiverse regions of Australia, West and Central Arnhem Land.
KKT brings together Indigenous ranger groups, Indigenous communities and philanthropists to address some of the nation’s most pressing issues, including environmental conservation, education and employment.
1% for the Planet offers a simple and streamlined solution for conscious businesses who want to make a positive impact on the earth.
Not to mention, the data shows that a sustainable approach is always better for business anyway.
1 in 3 consumers in the US recognise 1% for the Planet and 43% of them say it has a positive impact on their purchasing decisions.
Kate Williams | CEO of 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet members pay a small annual membership fee and commit to donating the equivalent of 1% of sales revenue to environmental causes. Members are responsible for paying annual membership dues within 120 days of the start of each fiscal year. See the Annual Membership Dues Chart.
Members have the opportunity to align their business with the 1% for the Planet global network and leverage the globally recognised branding. Members also have access to tools, resources and guidance regarding giving back to environmental issues.
1% for the Planet business members give a minimum 1% of their yearly sales to approved environmental partners.
Donations can be made through a combination of monetary, in-kind and approved promotional expenses.
Individuals can support 1% for the Planet by buying products and services from businesses like Upmove that have made the pledge.
By buying from approved partners, you know that 1% of the revenue generated from your purchase will go straight to an environmental cause,
Individuals can also donate directly to the movement online.
1% for the Planet Environmental Partners are carefully vetted organisations and programs.
Environmental partners are identified through a referral basis meaning organisations can only join once they have been recommended by a 1% for the Planet Business Member.
Environmental partners are groups and organisations that actively support people and the environment.
To determine eligibility for the 1% for the Planet Environmental Partners network, organisations must satisfy the following:
Small collective steps create big change for the Planet. If you’re planning a home move and are looking for a reliable and professional removalist service that also gives back, check out Upmove. You’ll find the best movers at the best price. And the best bit - a little slice of your spend goes right back to taking care of Australian land, people and wildlife.
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