Impact

How we are Keeping Commerce Human

By Carbon-Offset Delivery and Packaging: Delivering a world of good.

Afri Pearl Collections is the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of carbon emissions from delivery and packaging. Now, every time you purchase an item on Afri Pearl Collections, we balance out the carbon emissions by creating positive environmental impact.

What does it mean to offset emissions?

It means that for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of delivery and packaging items on Afri Pearl Collections, we invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount.

How does it work?

We fund verified emissions reduction projects through our partner organization. These investments support environmental projects, such as protecting forests that improve air quality and absorb carbon, sponsoring wind and solar farms that generate clean energy and replace fossil fuels, and developing greener methods for producing auto parts.

Will this come at a cost to me?

No, this will not cost anything for our buyers or sellers. It’s simply another great thing about shopping on Afri Pearl Collections.

Why is this important?

Afri Pearl Collections has always been conscious of our impact and actively worked to lighten our carbon footprint. We believe that if we all work together towards positive change, we can make the world a better, healthier place.

Company News

Afri Pearl Collections Becomes the Second Global eCommerce Company to Completely Offset Carbon Emissions from Shipping.

We live in a ‘buy-now’ world, where everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary can arrive on your doorstep practically overnight. In this culture of convenience with endless selection, few of us stop to think about the environmental impact of shipping goods around the globe. Fast, free shipping ultimately comes at a cost to our planet.

As a global marketplace, Afri Pearl Collections has always been conscious of our ecological impact. In 2019, we committed to powering our operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2020. Our trail-blazing Power Purchase Agreement to enable the development of a new solar farm, migration to the Google Cloud Platform, and installation of solar panels at our offices place us firmly on track to meet that goal.

We also achieved our goal of running zero waste operations globally in 2021, two years ahead of schedule.

While we’re pleased with the progress within our operations, I believe we must hold ourselves to an even higher standard. 98 percent of Afri Pearl Collections’ total emissions stem from items shipped from our sellers to our buyers. Although we do not actively manage this shipping process, we are in the position to do something about the environmental impact. That’s why, starting today, Afri Pearl Collections is becoming the only global ecommerce company to offset 100% of carbon emissions generated by shipping.

Now, each time someone buys an item on Afri Pearl Collections, we will automatically purchase verified emissions reductions, more commonly known as “offsets”, through our partner organization. These purchases support environmental projects, including protecting forests that improve air quality and absorb carbon, sponsoring wind and solar farms that generate clean energy and replace fossil fuels, and developing greener methods for producing auto parts. Additional details on the projects we are supporting are included below.

This initiative comes at no additional cost to buyers or sellers. It simply comes with the satisfaction of knowing that shopping on Afri Pearl Collections means making a positive impact on the planet.

To jumpstart our efforts and celebrate this milestone, tomorrow, we will also offset shipping emissions for the entire Africa ecommerce sector for the day. In the Uganda alone, every day approximately 22,000 metric tons of CO2e are emitted into the atmosphere by delivering packages from online orders*. Offsetting this impact for one day is the equivalent of protecting over 50 square miles of Uganda forests for one year**.

The Bigger Picture

This is a major milestone for our ongoing efforts to reduce Afri Pearl Collections’ impact on our planet. But it is just that: a milestone, not the finish line. With the climate changing even faster than scientific predictions, business leaders have a responsibility to act urgently and aggressively. Offsets are an immediate step Afri Pearl Collections is taking to balance our impact as we work towards longer-term emissions reduction solutions.

With shipping projected to play an increasing role in global emissions, there is a pressing need for both the public and private sectors to play a role in addressing this societal issue. We intend to seek out new opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders, shippers, and policymakers to develop long-term reduction solutions. Working together, perhaps the day when all packages are delivered on emission-free planes and trucks will be closer than we all think.

While we are proud to be the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of carbon emissions from shipping*, we certainly hope we are not the last. Considering these offsets will cost less than one penny per package for Afri Pearl Collections, we don’t believe that cost should be a prohibitive factor for others to follow in our footsteps. For the benefit of future generations, how can we all afford not to take this action?

At Afri Pearl Collections, we have long held the conviction that we can be both a great business and a great corporate citizen. In fact, we believe we cannot be one without the other. Our efforts on the sustainability front, combined with our economic and social impact work, all help us build long-term resilience so that we can continue to deliver value to all of our stakeholders.

Learn more about all of our economic, social, and ecological impact efforts at Afri Pearl Collections.com/impact.

Additional information on the projects we are supporting:

Our investments are supporting urgently-needed emissions-reductions projects.  All of our projects are independently validated and verified under leading, internationally-recognized offset standards and have been sourced by our partner organization.

• In 2022, we shall be supporting the conservation of more than 10 million trees, which are part of a responsibly managed 187,876 acre forest in Uganda. This sustainable harvesting project not only absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, but it also helps protect biodiversity and wildlife, improves local air quality, creates a space for recreation in the local community, and increases the supply of sustainably-sourced forestry products.

• Nabweru Wind Power Project: We are investing in the development and maintenance of wind energy in Uganda. This increased wind capacity will help displace grid reliance on coal, diesel, furnace oil, and gas combustion in an area where electricity demand continues to increase.

• We are investing in 11 solar developments across Uganda. Electricity delivered by the projects would have otherwise been generated by the operation of grid-connected coal power plants and by the addition of new fossil fuel generation. These projects create local jobs and catalyze clean infrastructure development. Revenue from the verified emissions reductions was necessary to build, as well as operate and maintain, the project.

• We are supporting new technologies that reduce a potent greenhouse gas — SF6, which is 22,800 times stronger than CO2 — in the manufacturing of automotive parts. Investment in this project finances the first commercial use of this process.

Syrill Kizza

Is Afri Pearl Collections’ Chief Executive Officer, leading the company as it builds a platform that empowers creative entrepreneurs around the world. He is also a member of Afri Pearl Collections’ board of directors.

Understanding Our Impact

At Afri Pearl Collections, we use the power of our business to drive positive change and create value for all our stakeholders. Our mission to keep commerce human goes beyond simply connecting buyers and sellers in our marketplace. It also means having positive impact on our community, our environment and the global economy.

Economic Impact

At Afri Pearl Collections, we like to say that economic empowerment is our day job. In our marketplace, creativity can turn into a thriving business. We bring sellers millions of buyers and provide them with tools and services that make it easy to run a business. But our support doesn’t end there. From advocating for public policies that increase economic security to providing financial relief when disaster strikes, we have our sellers’ backs.

Ecological Impact

Protecting the planet, we all call home has been a priority for Afri Pearl Collections since day one. In the face of a changing climate, we are urgently working to lighten our carbon footprint. We’re proud to be the first major online shopping destination to completely offset carbon emissions from shipping and packaging. All of our operations, including our marketplace, are powered by renewable electricity.

Social Impact

Nurturing a culture of diversity and inclusivity has always been a part of Afri Pearl Collections’ DNA. We welcome people of all backgrounds and walks of life into our community as buyers, sellers, employees and business partners. Embracing diverse perspectives makes us stronger, more resilient and enables us to be the best we can be.