Toitū is to care for the life of this place, our people and future. It is our name and commitment.
- Our company
- Our impact
- Our commitments to sustainability
- Accreditation and recognition of our programmes
- Our partnerships
- Our memberships
We are a team of scientists and business experts who have come together to protect the ecological and economic future of this place.
We lead positive change through a system of robust environmental programmes that are internationally recognised. We help businesses be more sustainable by giving them the science-based tools, actions and evidence they need to make real progress. We are sharing passion backed by proof. We build and share momentum through collective action. Toitū connects people and businesses, actions and outcomes. We help everyone see the value of taking action – and doing it together.
Toitū is to sustain holistically, to sustain continually so that together, we can sustain the life of this place, our people and our future.
Together, we are Toitū Envirocare. Take steps with us.
Our origins are in science; our future is in environmental regeneration and economic sustainability.
We’re here to lead and guide positive change with a system of environmental programmes, based on science and backed by evidence. We help businesses realise efficiencies, reduce their carbon footprint, and be more sustainable.
We’re here to help you tell your sustainability story. We give businesses the tools, actions and evidence needed to make measurable progress– and be recognised for it.
- 400+ clients
- 4500+ certificates issued
- 199+ million tonnes CO2e verified footprints
- 1+ million tonnes CO2e offset by our clients
Since 2001, our programmes have ensured that New Zealand companies are benefiting from international best practice, applied science, and effective tools. Toitū Envirocare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, a Government-owned Crown Research Institute. Though developed for New Zealand business needs, Toitū Envirocare’ offerings currently serve over 400 clients worldwide.
Our Toitū carbonreduce, Toitū carbonzero and Toitū enviromark certifications meet and exceed the requirements of ISO standards and ensure consistent and comprehensive reporting, benchmarking and management under international best practice. We are determined to uphold independence, demand rigour, and value collaboration.
Meet the people that power our solutions:
Certified B Corporation®
Toitū Envirocare is delighted to be a Certified B Corporation®. Certified B Corporations® (B Corps™) are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
We are committed to being a business that not only acts as a power for good, but does no harm. Through our services, we empower other organisations to improve environmental performance, but within our own business we have taken specific steps to ensure we are improving our performance across five categories: governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment. So far, we have scored particularly well on customer and staff care. We aim to improve our scores at every future certification.
Toitū Collective Impact
Since 2006, we have certified over 2,000 GHG inventories for companies from 5 countries, representing more than 196 million tonnes of GHG emissions – that’s more than twice New Zealand’s annual emissions. Through our Toitū carbonzero and Toitū carbonreduce programmes we have helped these companies to measure, manage and mitigate their carbon emissions. Our worldwide programme members have reduced emissions by over 8.5 million tonnes of emissions – that’s equivalent to the annual emissions of 2.4 million medium-sized petrol or diesel fuelled cars. On average, our members achieve over 20% reduction in emissions in a three- to five-year period.
As of June 2020, our top 10 carbon reducers have collectively reduced 55,979 tonnes of emissions; that represents a 26% average reduction of their combined footprint of 253,676 tCO2e.
Toitū Envirocare Impact
In addition to helping our collective reduce their emissions, Toitū Envirocare works to minimise our own impacts.
Our mission is to care for the life of this place, our people and our future. As part of this, we believe that we should be minimising the environmental impacts of our operational activities and maximising emissions reductions through the delivery and growth of our certification services.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
As the owner and operator of the Toitū carbonzero programme, we do not claim to be Toitū carbonzero certified. However, we meet all the same requirements as our certified clients. Our emissions inventory is audited annually and we purchase offsets to achieve a neutral emissions balance. We are also working to reduce emissions in line with climate science to achieve net zero emissions. For details of our inventory, reduction efforts and offsets please see the following disclosure statements. Historical disclosures prior to our 2016-17 base year are available upon request. Our third-party verification reports and emissions inventory reports are also available on request.
As part of our carbon management, we are a signatory of the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now initiative, which focuses on measuring, reducing and offsetting climate impacts.
Our greenhouse gas emissions targets have been assessed and approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi):
- Toitū Envirocare commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 74% by 2030 from a 2017 base-year.
- Toitū Envirocare also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 emissions from business travel and employee commuting 57% by 2030 from a 2017 base-year.
Environmental Management System
As the owner and operator of the Toitū enviromark programme, we do not claim to be Toitū enviromark certified. However, we meet all the same requirements as our Toitū enviromark diamond certified clients. Our environmental management system is externally audited annually against the programme requirements. We are currently focused on making improvements to our system and our overall performance.
Impartiality, independence and integrity
We understand impartiality and commit to providing impartial and transparent verification services for the certification of greenhouse gas assertions, environmental management systems and energy management systems. We manage interests that have influence on impartiality and ensure that our certification activities are objective.
We conduct ongoing risk assessments to identify conflicts of interest. These are reviewed by our Senior Leadership Team and the Independent Technical Advisory Panel, which is made up of members representing our key activities and interests. Both actual and perceived risks are assessed within a conflict of interests and related parties register. Management actions are implemented to eliminate, manage or minimise conflicts of interest where they exist.
Conflict of interest is further covered through contractually binding agreements to ensure that all our certification activities are conducted with integrity in an independent and impartial manner. Personnel who are involved in verification and certification activities do not engage in consultancy or technical advice for these clients. We require internal and external personnel to reveal any situation known to them that may expose them or our certification programmes to any conflict of interest.
To provide our clients with confidence in our certification activities, it is essential that our certification decisions are based on objective evidence and that our decisions are not influenced by other interests or other parties.
Feedback, complaints and appeals
We welcome comments that our clients, stakeholders and the general public offer related to our website, our calculators and our certification programmes. Your feedback helps us to improve these programmes and the FAQ sections of our website and programme guidance. Please contact us with your feedback.
Should you have any complaints about our verification and certification services, we will work with you to resolve these issues in a timely manner. Where your organisation disagrees with a certification decision, we will acknowledge and investigate your concerns.
For Toitū carbonzero and Toitū carbonreduce members, if we fail to resolve your complaint within an agreed timeframe, you have the right to raise your complaint with the Joint Accreditation Service of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) at www.jas-anz.com.au. Where your organisation disagrees with a Toitū carbonzero or Toitū carbonreduce certification decision, we will acknowledge and investigate your concerns. If you are not satisfied with our response, you have the right of appeal to the Certification Manager. A final appeal can be made to JAS-ANZ.
Accreditations and Recognition
The Toitū carbonreduce and Toitū carbonzero programmes are accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and were the world’s first to be accredited under ISO 14065.
Accreditation is the third-party endorsement of our competence to issue certification. This accreditation allows us to issue certification against ISO 14064-1 and PAS 2050. Our accreditation means the Toitū carbonreduce and Toitū carbonzero certification marks are recognised in over 60 countries through the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). See the JAS-ANZ public register here.
The Toitū carbonreduce programme is accredited by CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) as a suitable standard for verification of greenhouse gas information. Organisations who report into CDP earn 10-15% more points if they hold Toitū carbonreduce certification. The Toitū carbonzero programme can also provide certified organisations with a CDP compliant verification report.
We are accredited as a CDP Silver Climate Change Verification Partner. As a CDP Verification Partner, we provide independent verification and certification services for organisations measuring and managing their carbon footprint and reporting into the CDP global disclosure system. We help make your CDP reporting accurate and simple. Learn more at www.cdp.net.
We are also the first CDP-accredited science-based targets partner in Australia and New Zealand. Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director, Science-based targets at CDP says, “We are delighted that Toitū Envirocare has become our first science-based targets partner in Australia and New Zealand. With over two decades of experience in helping organisations to understand baselines and set emissions reduction goals, we are confident their services will be of great value to companies looking to set and implement science-based targets.” Learn more about science-based targets here.
Climate Neutral Now recognition
Toitū Envirocare is a recognised partner to assist organisations in becoming Climate Neutral Now by measuring, reducing and offsetting their climate impacts. We are also a signatory of the UNFCCC initiative for our own operations and are proudly climate neutral.
For more information on Climate Neutral Now, visit www.ClimateNeutralNow.org
Recognition in the UK
Toitū carbonreduce is licensed by the UK Environment Agency as a Carbon Trust Equivalent scheme.
Toitū carbonreduce is recognised by the UK Energy Savings and Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) as a route to compliance.
Green Star materials recognition
Our programmes are recognised by the New Zealand Green Building Council’s Green Star programme under the materials category of the rating tool. This aims to address the consumption of resources used in building construction by encouraging the selection of lower impact materials. The points are based on a life-cycle approach and focus on responsible sourcing, transparency, and lower embodied impact over the life of the material. The relevant material categories include interior materials, timber, concrete and aggregate, steel products, steel fabricator/processor, and furniture. Certified products in those categories can earn extra points depending on the type of certification they hold:
- Toitū carbonzero certified products can earn an extra .5 points
- Toitū carbonreduce certified products can earn an extra .25 points
- Toitū enviromark members can earn an extra .25 to 1 points depending on the material category
Management Capability Development Voucher Fund registered
Toitū Envirocare offers services that are registered with the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund. Find out more by visiting www.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz or to find your local Regional Business Partner.
Toitū Envirocare actively works with government and industry bodies to maximise the availability and advantages of credible independent environmental certification to as many organisations as possible.
Achilles Group Limited – our license partner offering Toitū carbonreduce certification in the UK
Achilles provides a range of supplier management services to improve the efficiency of the procurement cycle while promoting health and safety, environmental management and wider supply chain responsibility. Our partnership adds greenhouse gas measurement, management and certification to their portfolio of services.
Together, we have worked to ensure that Toitū carbonreduce certification is widely recognised and accepted as a route to for both carbon and energy regulations.
Climate Leaders Coalition – on a mission to reduce emissions in New Zealand
The Climate Leaders Coalition is a group of New Zealand businesses committed to tackling the issue of climate change. Together, the members of the Climate Leaders Coalition represent a variety of industries and make up nearly half of New Zealand’s emissions. The Coalition aims to create a positive future for New Zealanders, business and the economy by helping New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Toitū Envirocare is a proud member of the Climate Leaders Coalition and already works with several other Coalition members on their emissions reductions.
Conscious Consumers – our partner in driving consumer awareness
Conscious Consumers provides hospitality businesses with recognition of their sustainability commitments provided that they have earned a minimum four badges out of 12 possibilities; for example recycling, eco-cleaners, free range, or Fair Trade. Their apps reward consumers for preferring businesses with Conscious Consumer badges and provide reports to businesses on consumer uptake.
Toitū Envirocare has supported the development of a Carbon Badge which recognises hospitality businesses who source goods and services from Toitū carbonreduce and Toitū carbonzero certified businesses.
Sustainable Living Programme – developing future living skills
The Sustainable Living Programme is a charitable trust that provides an education programme and learning guides to help householders develop future living skills for a healthier lifestyle and sustainable consumer choices.
Sustainable Living promotes and makes use of our Toitū carbonzero household and travel & tourism calculators in their courses. Sustainable Living has worked closely with Toitū Envirocare in developing our public calculator.
Toitū Envirocare is a member of the following organisations: