Designing a more sustainable future

Canva’s sustainability practices and goals


We're proud of what we've achieved and excited about our big goals

2021
carbon neutral globally
+90%
decrease in emissions from cloud services
2028
working to have operations fully decarbonised
3.5M+
trees planted by 2022
800+
Climate templates
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Be a force for good with bold climate action

The scientific consensus is clear that we must limit global warming to 1.5°C. To achieve this, the planet needs to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Guided by our core value of “Be a force for good”, Canva is striving for the ultimate goal of being fully decarbonized by 2028. This means we are working towards zero carbon emissions attributable to Canva and its global operations through scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

Beyond Net Zero

Canva’s Australian operations have been carbon neutral since 2020. As of 2021, our entire global operations, including print and subsidiaries, are also carbon neutral. We’ve now entered the Beyond Net Zero phase, where we focus on regeneration, building our impact and healing the planet with the ultimate goal of True Zero by 2028.

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Sustainable offices

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Running on renewables

Australian operations are powered by renewable energy. We are currently working on matching our renewable energy generation and usage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our regional operations in the Philippines, China, US, and Europe are due to follow in the near future.

You print, we plant

For every print order placed with Canva, we plant a tree – it is a simple idea with a big impact.

By the end of 2022, there will be 3.5 million trees in the ground, focusing on native restoration which mimics what a native forest would do. Tree planting sites are selected based on the degree of deforestation and poverty in the region. We are committed to working alongside local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation effort.

By creating jobs such as Planters and Site Managers we also help to generate social benefits for the local communities.

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Decarbonization

Carbon offsets are an important starting point, but they are not our focus. In line with limiting warming to 1.5°C, Canva is deeply committed to tackling the challenge of a decarbonized global operation by 2028.

We will be turning our focus to materials and circular economy principles, whilst also focusing on our supply chain; seeking to understand the measures each of our procurement partners are taking towards lowering their environmental footprint and the standards they adhere to. This is crucial for our long-term goal of decarbonization.

Focus on impactful credits

It is important for Canva to be transparent in our approach to carbon credits. There are two major types of carbon credits defined by the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets:

  1. Avoidance/reduction projects: reduce emissions from current sources. For example by funding the implementation of lower-carbon technologies, such as renewable energy.
  2. Removal/sequestration projects: take out CO2 from the atmosphere, including through nature-based sequestration, such as reforestation.

We are focused on removal credits and in the future we plan to build our own Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration projects.

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Sustainability templates

Our strength is to empower the world through design. We have created a vast library of climate action templates which is constantly growing. In 2021, our Earth Day templates were downloaded 3.1 million times.
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Lisa’s lighting the way

Lisa Blair is a powerful force for good. She is the first woman to sail solo around Antarctica with one stop. She is now heading out again to sail non-stop, solo, and unassisted around Antarctica in less than 100 days to raise awareness for climate action. We have partnered with Lisa to inspire people to take positive environmental action.