Frequently Asked Questions.

Small companies have a huge role to play in the green economy. Even something as simple as letting your suppliers know that you are measuring your carbon footprint and care about their emissions goes a long way toward engaging more companies in the dialog on carbon management, and encouraging broader awareness and action. This is what we had in mind when we built in the ability to "nudge" suppliers, and communicate your position on carbon with the click of a button.
That's right. Companies are more interconnected than ever through supply chains. The stronger the signal about carbon being important, the more companies will act to reduce their own footprint, both for their own benefit, and to make their customers look great.
Rest assured—the privacy of your company's data is of the utmost importance to us. And while purchase information is an incredibly powerful, fast way to understand your organization's carbon footprint, we are fully aware how sensitive it is as well. One of the most important things we do to protect this data is to simply get rid of it after we are done evaluating your footprint. This is just one of the many information security policies we follow to ensure your data is properly handled. If you are interested in more specifics about the technical measures we've put in place to protect your data, please get in touch with us and we'll be happy to walk you through our information security processes to make sure you're comfortable with how we handle your data.
We've got a full page dedicated to this topic here, but in short: we're doing all the hard work on our end to look up and categorize each of your suppliers, benchmark their "carbon intensity" (i.e. how much CO2 is produced for every $1k you spend with that supplier) against industry averages, and roll up that data to give you a carbon footprint number. We've also built visualizations to help you explore where your carbon footprint comes from and guidance on how to reduce it over time.
We view companies as a portfolio of products and services. Unfortunately, conventional footprinting allows companies to hide carbon in their "dirty" products, while they can offer a green product in parallel. There's also the problem of emissions created through overhead activities, such as keeping the lights on. Rather than dealing with the subjective problem of where to attribute these general emissions, we assess companies on their holistic carbon performance, including the impact they've enabled in their supply chain, and give them tools to find the most impactful ways to reduce it over time.
Our methodology is extensible to anything that has a list of suppliers and associated expenditures. This could be the bill of materials for a project, or a social investment portfolio, just to name a couple of examples. We have to do a bit of work to set this up, so get in touch if you'd like to explore options.