FT Rainforest

The Financial Times (FT) is dedicated to reducing its global impact on the natural environment. We take responsibility for our activities and their effects.

The FT is climate neutral for our company operations covering our emissions relating to buildings and business travel. We first achieved our climate neutral commitment in 2009 and have maintained it ever since.

Under the commitment, we reduce our emissions wherever we can, only purchase electricity from renewable sources and offset the rest through the purchase of forest-based carbon credits.

With this in mind the FT pioneered a partnership with Children’s Tropical Forests (CTF) UK to invest in the purchase and protection of a substantial area of primary tropical rainforest. Our parent, Pearson, subsequently also adopted CTF as its forest offset partner.

We have now set up two FT Rainforests together with CTF – one in Costa Rica and the second in Colombia. The destruction of rainforests releases more CO2 than all of the world’s cars, ships and planes put together, triggering catastrophic climate change.

First phase: Costa Rica

  • In the initial phase (2009-2011) of the project, the FT and the Pearson Foundation invested in Costa Rica.
  • The reserve formed part of Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) which is one of the largest national parks in Central America and is run by the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund.
  • This area of bio-diverse forest provides a home to an amazing array of endangered wildlife including Jaguar, Tapir, Three-toed Sloth, Bare-necked Umbrella bird, Spider Monkey and more.
  • The FT Rainforest in Costa Rica is protected in perpetuity as an incorporated part of the ACG rainforest national park.

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Second phase: Colombia

  • From 2012 onwards, we established a second FT rainforest again with CTF in La Alejandra, part of the municipality of Mapiripan in Colombia.
  • This area is internationally important for its biodiversity and our investment is helping protect this previously inaccessible tract of Amazon rainforest for the benefit of future generations.
  • The reserve is home to endangered species of Humboldt Squirrel Monkeys, Jaguars, Giant Otters and Pink River Dolphins as well as several bird species.

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Environmental benefits

  • The FT Rainforests protect land forever and are helping mitigate the impact of climate change on both dry forest and rainforest.
  • Together with our parent Pearson, over the last 4 years we have now protected 700 hectares of land – an area equivalent to over twice the size of Central Park in New York.
  • By protecting this area of land, not only are we potentially locking down 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) forever, we are also protecting hundreds of indigenous species of plants, birds, animals and insects.
  • The FT Rainforest helps preserve the last large block of unprotected, uncut old-growth forest remaining in all of north western Costa Rica and an area of exceptionally rich biodiversity in Colombia.
  • We continue to buy additional tracts of land in Colombia in order to expand the FT Rainforest boundaries. It allows us to effectively offset our operational carbon emissions on an ongoing basis.

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How to get involved

FT staff

  • FT staff can raise funds for the FT Rainforest and the FT will match the money raised (up to £500 per person).


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Useful links

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