CHEESE CLUB CARBON OFFSET PROGRAM

1. OUR COMMITMENT TO THE PLANET

”It is said that every big journey starts with a little step”.

In three years, CHEESE CLUB became the first cheese importer and distributor in Hong Kong. The nature of our activities – fresh food import and distribution – implies that we are generating a sizeable Carbon footprint.

Our Ecological Footprint is important to us. That’s why we decided to be consistent with the overall direction that individuals but also companies should take to mitigate their impact on the planet.

We already took actions by working with local charities to giveaway our unsold products, with different companies and associations to sort our wastes or to give a second life to our boxes and ice packs.

Since October 2021, we offset the CO2 equivalent* emissions induced by our logistics activities; import and distribution from the suppliers to your door, the production of our packaging, the transportation of our staff, the electricity of our office and cold room are unavoidable. 

We always wanted to offset these unavoidable inbound logistics emissions but there was only so much we could do with our resources and good will at that time.

2. CARBON NEUTRAL CERTIFICATION

Some time has passed and we are now proud to finally reach what we consider as a milestone. Since October 2021, CHEESE CLUB, and its sister company WHAT’sIN offset their CO2e emissions with the support of ClimatePartner, a renowned and credible organization that certifies our carbon emissions calculations, advises us on how to improve our practices as well as help us to offset our carbon emissions on a monthly basis.

We are now certified:

The scope of this certification is that we now offset our CO2e emissions generated by:

  • The transport of our products purchased from the suppliers place we source them to the doorstep of our clients in Hong Kong;

     

  • The production and the shipping of our packaging (as well as the one of our sister company WHAT’sIN) from Mainland China to Hong Kong.
  • The transport of our staff and the electricity of our office and cold rooms.

3. OUR 2022 PROJECT

Rimba Raya is a 64,000 hectares forest located in Central Kalimantan, in the island of Borneo, Indonesia. Largest REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) peat swamp forest project in the world, it is home to more than 600+ species, and has one of the largest carbon reservoirs worldwide. 

The Rimba Raya Reserve was born out of the desire to protect and preserve the natural environment threatened by deforestation, illegal logging, and mining. We are talking about 100+ species endangered by the disappearance of their natural habitat and protected by the reserve, such as orangutans, clouded leopard, and Asian sun bear.

Thanks to local communities who are engaged and committed to preserve their land, more than 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions will be avoided over its 30-year lifetime.

 

Through its Carbon Offset program, Cheese Club credit purchases help local communities to grow their business becoming independant from forest resources. Allocated funds aim at improving access to clean water through purification and filtration systems, acquiring necessary equipment to control forest fire and building a health care center for the populations. These funds are also used to support micro-enterprise initiatives stimulating the local economic ecosystems:  

  • A chicken egg-farm was established in 2 villages within the reserve, creating 6 new employments, generating stable revenues and health benefits for the community.  
  • A women-founded shrimp-paste business emerged from Rimba Raya Conservation Programme resulting in profits for the local village and empowering 100 women with employment.    
  • A responsible and sustainable farm was created to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for local communities as well as for protected species.

 

With its Carbon Offset program, Cheese Club is committing to offset its CO2 emissions related to its inbound logistics and packaging manufacturing. First initiative of this kind in our industry and in Hong Kong, we also hope that it will inspire other companies making such initiative a standard in the industry. On our side, we are resolved to always challenge ourselves to do better in our business practices and, as importantly, remain transparent about these initiatives. 

 

** For more details about our sustainability commitments and strategy, we are available at cs@cheeseclub.hk or on whatsapp at +852 6576 4221 **