Positive Impact & Sustainability


The Guardian's Climate Pledge

In 2019, the Guardian made a pledge in service of the planet. We declared that the escalating climate crisis was the defining issue of our lifetime, and that quality, trustworthy reporting on the environment was an important tool to confront it. We promised to provide journalism that shows leadership, urgency, authority and gives the climate emergency the sustained attention and prominence it demands.

We also vowed to practise what we preach, striving to green our operations as a global news organisation and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

So much for promises. Here, we document the progress we have made over the past 12 months.

  • We will continue our longstanding record of powerful environmental reporting, which is known around the world for its quality and independence
  • We will report on how environmental collapse is already affecting people around the world, including during natural disasters and extreme weather events
  • We will publish updating global indicators that point to the urgency of the situation
  • The Guardian will achieve net zero emissions by 2030
  • We will seek to decouple our business and finances from fossil-fuel extractive companies
  • We will be transparent with our progress

You can read our full pledge here

Positive Impact and Sustainability Report

This is the Guardian’s positive impact and sustainability report, outlining how the Guardian’s purpose runs through our operations - aiming to improve our environmental sustainability and make a positive impact on our employees, our readers and our wider community.

As a B Corporation, we are committed to transparency and accountability. This report not only highlights our achievements, but also areas in which we can improve. As one of the world’s most trusted news organisations, we aim for every aspect of our business to live up to the high standards set by Guardian journalism.

This report covers the period from our certification as a B Corporation in October 2019 to the end of 2020.