27 Feb 2024

We partnered with 1% for the Planet. A small step, a big impact.

All eggs need a nice nest. For us humans, our nest is our planet; it needs some nurturing and love. As a people-first organisation, looking after our people and planet goes hand in hand. That's why Significa has become a certified member of 1% for the Planet®.

As we continue to prioritise the well-being of our people, this new partnership means that as a Significa client, you can enjoy working with us with the knowledge that you're making a direct, positive impact on the environment. As a team member, know your work benefits beyond our office walls.

What is 1% for the Planet?

1% for the Planet is a global network with thousands of businesses and environmental organisations working together to support people and our planet. It is a nonprofit organisation founded by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, the owner of Blue Ribbon Flies. Its mission is to encourage businesses to donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes with a simple theory: because companies profit from the resources they take from the earth, they should protect those resources too. The initiative highlights the transformative power of businesses that prioritise the health of our planet.

Our commitment.

A certified member of 1% for the Planet, Significa contributed 1% of our gross annual revenue from 2023, between 1% for the Planet and Smart Shelter Foundation (S.S.F.).

We’ve partnered with Smart Shelter Foundation, which felt like a perfect match for Significa given our shared love for open-source knowledge and an insatiable desire to never compromise on quality, believing there can always be a better way to do things.

Smart Shelter Foundation promotes safe and sustainable building techniques for constructing schools and homes in developing countries, especially in regions with a high risk of natural disasters. Their projects and research focus on promoting natural, reusable and locally sourced techniques and materials, such as earth and stone, including earthquake-resistant building principles. These techniques are further developed and improved in collaboration with an international team of experts. They share their expertise with local communities to ensure that everyone has a safe home, no matter where they live. SSF organises free workshops for students around the world with the aim of raising awareness of safe and environmentally friendly solutions that improve construction in disaster-prone areas and address global environmental issues.

“Significa's contribution makes it possible for us to start testing material properties this year — adding this piece to our research will greatly benefit and enhance vernacular architecture in areas at risk of disasters. Significa acknowledges the importance of sharing valuable information that will benefit many people. A big thank you!”

Martijn Schildkamp

Founder and Director at Smart Shelter Foundation

We look forward to being able to work with S.S.F. on their goals for 2024. Supporting them through brand, product, and further monetary donations ensures they can focus on sharing critical knowledge that can save thousands of lives in at-risk communities worldwide.

Our impact.

By working both with and for Significa, you're part of a movement that promotes a better future. Through our partnership with 1% for the Planet, working with us directly funds projects such as reforestation efforts, ocean conservation, clean energy initiatives, and our flagship partner, Smart Shelter Foundation.

“Thrilled that you are part of our global community. Thank you for your commitment and work in the world!”

Kate Williams

CEO at 1% for the Planet

Alec Norton

Operations Manager

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At first sight, Alec is as English as you can get, but no one has ever seen him drink tea, so lately, we have been wondering. He always has this cool and chill vibe around him unless Arsenal is playing. He's an Englishman in Porto and the Operations Manager at Significa.

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