Case study: Tarkett
The natural capital of our planet is under stress and resources are becoming scarce. Stopping deforestation is one of the most effective measures in the fight against climate change and to preserve the world’s biodiversity – bringing immediate results. At Tarkett, we are committed to addressing these global challenges and developing sustainable solutions, by “Doing Good. Together.” In addition to our initiatives in favor of climate change already deployed at our production sites, we are taking one step further by committing to Tambopata project in the Peruvian Amazon. This helps us advance on our major Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular fighting against climate change”– Anne-Christine AYED, Executive Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Environment, Tarkett
Tarkett is a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions. With 13,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields.
For Tarkett, “Doing Good. Together” means connecting its sustainability efforts with what their customers value and what the world needs, in collaboration with all stakeholders: healthy living spaces and wellness, climate change, responsible stewardship of the planet’s resources and a circular economy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles.
Tarkett supports the Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve to raise awareness of REDD+ projects and to take action on climate change and increase biodiversity, as well as support responsible agriculture and social fairness. The positive outcomes from supporting this project are?
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions from preventing deforestation and forest degradation
- Restoration of damaged land
- Protection of local biodiversity (high conservation value species)
- Local job creation and enterprise development supporting local farmers, allowing them a better income through production and sale of high grade cacao
Tambopata is an internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot in the Peruvian Amazon. Working closely with local communities, the project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by protecting over 586,000 hectares of threatened tropical rainforest -an area about the size of Los Angeles- and investing in local communities.
The project is financed with the revenues of the sale of premium products (mainly cacao) and verified carbon credits. Verified carbon credits are sold by Ecosphere+, as part of the worldwide operating Althelia Climate Fund. As part of the REDD+ Business Initiative, Tarkett supports Tambopata project to create awareness around REDD+.