A charity formed by a major business concern in North Yorkshire is aiming to tackle climate change with a new initiative.
Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate is bringing together companies in the region and beyond to tackle deforestation.
The United Bank of Carbon – UBoC – is the brainchild of company chairman Jonathan Wild.
It brings together rainforest protection projects from all over the world which have been verified by experts at Leeds University's School of Earth and the Environment.
He said: While our customers have embraced our 'green' initiatives, in order to really scale things up, we needed to collaborate with other companies and join forces to make a real difference.
"As our tea and coffee suppliers are based in the tropics, we are familiar with the problems facing indigenous peoples. The purpose of UBoC is to provide a link between the corporate world and rainforest protection.
Under the initiative, businesses are able to choose a specific environmental project to partner which has links with their own organisation.
Bettys and Taylors has long been an exponent of trading fairly and ethical sourcing – planting three million trees on four continents over the last 20 years and donating more than 1m to Oxfam.
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