Nonprofit KiwiSaver and Investment Fund manager Simplicity has announced a multi-year major native tree planting partnership with environmental charity programme Trees That Count.
The Simplicity Charitable Trust has pledged to fund a native tree for each Simplicity member — a group currently totalling over 43,000 — over the next four years.
The trees will be matched through the Trees That Count marketplace, which supports hundreds of native tree planting projects nationwide.
The fruits of the partnership are already evident, with 15,000 trees funded to twenty planting groups for the current 2020 planting season.
This year, Simplicity’s native trees will be planted by groups as diverse as Councils, family restoration projects, iwi, and schools across Aotearoa, and consequently will make a real impact for biodiversity and climate change mitigation in each region.
The group chose to work with Trees That Count in response to its members’ concerns.
"Simplicity members told us a key focus of our giving should be on climate change and the environment, so we’re planting lots of native trees," explains Managing Director Sam Stubbs.
"Not only can planted native trees help balance our carbon emission, but importantly, they also provide habitat for native species and help improve air and water quality in our communities.”
Trees That Count CEO Adele Fitzpatrick is delighted with the partnership.
“Groups like Simplicity are helping to transform corporate philanthropy in New Zealand. It’s heartening to see more and more businesses looking to create lasting positive environmental change through funding native trees.”
Mr Stubbs agrees that the effect of the donations has the potential to transform New Zealand’s future.
"Our members’ children and grandchildren should be able to enjoy the legacy of our thriving native forests, flourishing birdlife and a more stable climate, and if we can, we should help make that happen."