Our Story | The Planet Mark


We see a world where we all contribute to a thriving planet and
together we are a collective force for good.

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In 2012, Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark, was introduced to Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of The Eden Project. They realised that they shared a common belief that a connection with nature can enable all people to contribute to a thriving planet. 

Together, they created a truly effective, people-driven sustainability programme for any organisation of any size, in any sector, anywhere in the world. The relationship with The Eden Project remains etched into our culture. 

Over the last seven years, the world has changed as have we. In 2017 we strengthened our board by bringing in Sarah Gillett, Chief Operating Officer, Lilly Miller, Chief Financial Officer and Non-Executive Director, Stephen Kirk, Business Leader at SKCI. We started extensive business and digital transformation programmes that have helped accelerate the business to its next stage of growth.

We have continuously been improving and adapting the certification to meet our member’s needs. To help companies show their place in our global community, we began to measure contributions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018 we added social value measurement, making the programme well rounded and holistic. We have also brought in expertise in engagement, communications, strategy setting, reporting, compliance, offsetting and lifecycle assessments. 

Our membership has grown exponentially too. We have certified over 800 organisations in every sector who are making progress for the planet. We work closely with our members to learn and grow. 

With a team of 20 and growing, we are a passionate bunch who want to help organisations create a thriving planet. As we look forward to the next 10 years, we are proud to commit to the Decade of Action to end climate crisis and create social value for all. Together, we are a collective force for good. 


We aim to make The Planet Mark the most easily recognised sign of progress in sustainability.

Holders of The Planet Mark are bound by this common purpose. Everything we do aims to achieve it. This binds us together in a like-minded community.

We work with people who believe they can make the world of difference. When you see an organisation using The Planet Mark, you know they are driving continuous positive change through their actions, people, and reach.

By embedding sustainability into everything they do, they are building impactful brands while reaping the business benefits that come with environmental and social progress. As you are here, it is likely you share our belief and our values. 

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 Our values

We are ambitious 

Our vision of a thriving planet requires big ambitious and urgent action. 

We are

We apply rigour to everything we do so you can report your progress with confidence and authenticity.

we are 

Our positive outlook allows us to drive passion and enthusiasm in others.

We are collaborative

We are united by our common purpose and join forces to make a positive difference.


We embrace change and we transform ourselves and the world around us.

Our collaborations

This is our community of partners who are taking climate action, contributing to society, and encouraging others to do the same. 


The Eden Project has been a close partner of The Planet Mark since our launch in 2013. 

cool earth

Cool Earth works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change.


The UN  Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future

living wage employer

We are proud to be one of nearly 5,000 employers across the UK who have proudly committed to pay the London Living Wage to our staff.