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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
5M+
trees committed
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.

Tackling climate change and thinking about our own ability to reduce carbon emissions is one of the ultimate ways of "being a force for good," one of our guiding values.

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.

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“In this day and age, companies have a much greater responsibility than the old mantra to do no evil.”

Melanie Perkins

CEO of Canva


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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.

Canva is on a mission to heal the planet through restoring degraded lands that provide critical resources for remote communities and wildlife. By planting and protecting trees, we’re improving water retention, biodiversity and habitat protection while also creating opportunities in agriculture and agroforestry for small farmers to farm more sustainably.

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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 decarbonization.

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.

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.