Trees for Transactions

Embedding Restoration into Your Business and Culture

 

Creating a New Normal

This is a very simple first step into tree-dom that demonstrates your values and commitments to start giving back to nature with trees. 
We are inviting you to embed tree planting into your business in whatever way has the greatest impact on you, your team, your company and your customers. You make the choice to donate trees every time a product or service is sold, or make a donation as a percentage of sales or profits. (Not the least possible to look good, but the most possible to do good:-) 

 

Why do this?

Because we need more trees that anyone can get their head around to help draw down carbon while we figure out how to transform what it means to be human. Tropical trees are one of Nature’s most powerful solutions to climate change. 
We need leaders of a new normal - where you cannot take from nature, without giving back, and we need consumers to recognize the positive impacts of purchasing from those who embed restoration in their products. Regardless of the size of your business, in the new normal, we are all needed; we are all part of the solution.

Benefits Include:

  • Direct access to a thoroughly vetted and trustworthy portfolio of diverse and long-term reforestation projects, that not only plant trees but also rebuild ecosystems and communities.
  • A custom Company Forest fundraising page hosted by TreeSisters which enables you to easily share your donations with your network, and invite them to add contributions.
  • Use of the TreeSisters logo for your website and digital marketing (use of logo directly on packaging and product is reserved for Catalyst partners).
  • A Treesisters Media kit with ready to use text, images and memes to help you communicate and celebrate our partnership.
  • Direct association with TreeSisters values, mission and vision around collective responsibility for ecological care and grassroots campaigning
  • Standard fundraising reports.

 

 

 

 

How to fund trees

Here are some easy ways to embed trees in your business.  Choose the combination that inspires you, or get even more creative around involving your team and customer base:

Through sales and products:

  • Donate trees with every purchase
    • Example:  1 tree for every box of tea sold
    • Example:  5 trees for every monthly membership
  • Encourage customers to donate at check out
    • Example:  Ask customers if they will round up and donate the difference
    • Example:  Give your customers the option to “buy” trees at checkout
  • Matching can go both ways
    • Offer to match your customers donations
    • Ask your customers to match your donation
  • Donate a percentage of company sales, earnings or profits

Through culture shifts:

  • Donate trees when customers opt-out of consumption 
    • Example:  1 tree every time someone opts out of the packaging
    • Example:  1 tree every time a customer brings their own mug or water bottle
    • Example:  Plant trees instead of ‘rewards’ gifts such as mugs or other objects
  • Donate trees for job applications, employee surveys, and other company activities 
  • Donate through your own unique campaign
    • Example:  Plant 1 million trees over 5 years
    • Example:  Plant 10,000 trees in a year
  • Other creative ideas you have - let us know we would love to hear them!
Our tree cost is 40p/ $0.50 each - just multiple the trees times the cost to determine how much to give
 
 

Embedding ecological restoration

into every financial transaction and business model

will become the new norm when we make it happen together.

 

We seek aligned companies who pledge to:

  • Respect the TreeSisters values
  • Speak honestly in public about their environmentally responsible efforts and journey (even if you’re just at the start…it’s still leadership
  • Prioritize the development and implementation of a product procurement and distribution policy that is Earth-loving.
  • Affirm no direct involvement in destructive forest activities

We seek companies who are:

  • Ready to raise eyebrows and take leadership in their sectors
  • Wanting to unify and activate their customer base around a shared tree planting goal or awareness raising campaign
  • Looking to embed restoration into their business model and corporate culture to walk their talk from the inside out
    • Doing the most to ‘do’ good, rather than the least to look good
 

Questions? 

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below
Or contact the Partnerships Team at partners@treesisters.org.

Ready to Apply? 

It's easy
Step 1: Complete the online application in which we ask you to:
  • Provide Company Contact Info
  • Tell us about how you would like to donate
  • Take the TreeSisters Alignment Pledge
  • Agree to the Trees for Transactions Terms and Conditions
  • The Alignment Pledge and Terms and Conditions can be viewed and downloaded from the Company Partners Reference Page
Step 2: We review your application and once approved, send you a welcome email with all you need to communicate our partnership live on your website. 
 
 

APPLY NOW

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Programs

When you partner with us, you partner with our entire portfolio of vetted, trusted reforestation projects. Your forest will include 10+ diverse tropical ecosystems, restoring vibrancy, sovereignty and viability for both communities and biodiversity. For more information on our projects click here.

No, when you fund us, you fund all our projects. When you partner with us, you partner with our entire portfolio of vetted, trusted reforestation projects. Your forest will include 10+ diverse tropical ecosystems, restoring vibrancy, sovereignty and viability for both communities and biodiversity. We provide a constant, dependable flow of capacity funding to organisations in the field so that they can plan and deliver. Our intention is for 'all ships to rise', and for every donor to be in relationship with a wide selection of cultures and ecosystems so that partnering with us is a wide embrace. This also allows us to spend less time on complex and ever changing accounting and reporting, and more time on delivering.

TreeSisters is not a carbon offset provider. We do not issue carbon certified units or credits, and none of our current projects are carbon certified. To learn about why, and the carbon sequestration potential of our projects read this blog.

We support women and call them into leadership, but we are not exclusive in either our planting or our campaigning - our work is for everyone, all genders are welcome here.

We are not sustainability consultants, although we encourage you to take the inspirational and responsible journey towards a low impact business with sound values and embedded restoration.

Costs

We plant a tree for every 40p raised, £4 plants 10 trees ($1USD plants 2 trees).  This price is blended across 10+ planting projects.

Periodically when we bring on new planting projects with sufficiently different costs to that of our existing portfolio, our combined price per tree will change.  For details on the tree price please click here.

During the pilot phase we are trying out a radical generosity model.  

This means we will ask you to consider making an unrestricted donation to offset the administrative cost of running the program.  

TreeSisters relies on unrestricted donations to fund program administration and infrastructure costs. This model allows us to direct ~80% funds donated through Trees for Transactions donations directly to our planting partners.

Alignment, Terms & Conditions

The TreeSisters Pledge addresses 4 key areas of alignment. 

1. Respecting the TreeSisters values 
2. Speaking honestly in public about your environmentally responsible efforts and journey 
3. Prioritizing the development and implementation of a products procurement and distribution policy that is earth-loving 
4. No direct involvement in destructive forest activities
 

You can review and download a copy of the TreeSisters Alignment Pledge.

Any company that publicly represents that it will make donations to a TreeSisters must agree to our Commerical Participator Terms and Conditions.

You can review and download a copy of the TreeSisters T4T Terms and Conditions.

Greenwash describes the making of a false or exaggerated claim about products or services with regard to their environmental (or indeed social) attributes, source materials or other connections.  TreeSisters has a zero-tolerance policy for greenwash.

You can review and download a copy of the TreeSisters Greenwash Guidance.

Logo Use, Media Kit, Marketing

Once you are approved into the program, you will be provided logos and other marketing materials.

TreeSisters will not directly endorse or promote businesses.  However, we would love to have you tell your TreeSisters story which we may feature in a variety of ways such as a blog or via our social media.  

Should you be interested in campaigning together, please inquire about becoming a Catalyst Partner.

Donating

If you set up a fundraising page, you should donate directly via that page.  If you don't have a page you can donate online here. To donate via check or wire please see the instructions here.

We recommend monthly, or at an interval that works for your company.  

Your donation will be based on what you decided to do.  For example, if you pledged to donate 5 trees per product, each month you can run a report of how many products were sold.  Then multiply the products sold by the tree price of 40p or $0.50.

Is my US Dollar Donation Tax Deductible?

For donations over $100, we have an arrangement with Green America, a USA 501c3 who can take a donation on behalf of TreeSisters and send you a tax receipt.  Please click here for full details.

Is my AUS Dollar Donation Tax Deductible?

For donations over $500, we have an arrangement with Rainforest Information Centre who can take a donation on behalf of TreeSisters and send you a tax receipt. Please click here for full details.

Is my CAD Dollar Donation Tax Deductible?

For donations over $100, we have an arrangement with CAF Canda who can take a donation on behalf of TreeSisters and send you a tax receipt. Please click here for full details.

Need More Assistance?

That’s easy - just donate via our website - Donate Now.

Wonderful - contact our Partnerships Team  - partners@treesisters.org.