Shaklee commits to offset 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions through 2011. Shaklee will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (for energy from wind farms) and certify carbon offsets (for methane capture) to offset its small carbon footprint worldwide. Shaklee's commitment includes support for the Millennium Villages Project to provide innovative lighting systems to the poorest populations in the world and replace unhealthy kerosene wick lamps. The Shaklee-supported installation of solar-powered LED lanterns in Malawi has been completed. In 2006, Shaklee partnered with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai to plant a million trees, and that goal was achieved on Earth Day 2009. While tree planting is healthy for the planet, Shaklee does not include this achievement in its carbon offset reporting. In the first two years of the commitment, almost 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions have been avoided or sequestered with the above efforts.
The Shaklee-Millennium Promise village installation promotes solar energy in African villages, provides much-needed electricity and also encourages renewable energy sources as a sustainable model. Millennium Promise scientists and technicians will direct the installation, distribute power packs to villagers and establish solar power stations or kiosks where the packs can be recharged. Equally important, the Millennium Promise team will also ensure the system operates properly and train villagers on its use and maintenance.
Transferring renewable energy technologies to developing countries is commonly regarded as vital to any long-term solution to global climate change. Seventy percent of the developing world's population does not have electricity and relies on candles, kerosene and other liquid fuels, or batteries for light and limited power. Many people live in rural areas far from the nearest electricity transmission grid. Solar energy offers an immediate alternative to kerosene lamps, diesel generators, and batteries in rural areas without producing greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar rural electrification has significant non-CO2 economic, social, and environmental benefits. These benefits accrue at the individual, local, and national levels, and include: health (less kerosene fumes), safety (fewer fires), economic independence (less dependence on an externally produced fossil fuel), education (better reading light, longer hours), and social and family life improvements (better and more light).
For 50 years, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition and personal care products, environmentally-friendly household products, and state-of-the-art air and water treatment systems. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral? certification and totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including over 45 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 members and distributors and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan.