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EllisKnight International

EllisKnight is a Berkshire based recruitment agency supporting local and national organisations. The recruiter is committed to doing things right, with a wide range of sustainability-oriented initiatives for its team and clients.
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2 years

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Absolute carbon reduction

Reporting Boundary: Head Office operations (1 Horseshore Park, Pangbourne, Reading,
Berkshire, RG8 7JW)

Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, water, waste, commuting travel, procurement, homeworking energy (excluded from footprint)

Reporting Period: 1 May 2020 – 30 Apr 2021


Carbon reduction per employee


Total carbon footprint

18.4 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

2.3 tCO2e


FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.


Certification story

Berkshire-based EllisKnight International has become a pioneer in the industry as the first recruitment agency to have achieved Planet Mark certification. In addition to their certification, EllisKnight has joined Planet Mark as a recruitment partner, where for each placement they donate to several global impact projects.

This is EllisKnight International Recruitment’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. EllisKnight International Recruitment’s total carbon footprint in the year ending April 2021 was 18.4 tCO2e, a reduction of 62.4%. EllisKnight International Recruitment’s total carbon per employee in the year ending in April 2021 was 2.3 tCO2e, a reduction of 62.4%.

Achieving Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

Since certifying, the company will be working to reduce its emissions by 5%. Over the next year, the company will be working towards measuring and reducing its carbon emissions and sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, the company will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Steve Malkin
Planet Mark
“I am delighted to see the progress EllisKnight has made over the past year. It has been a turbulent year for business, but EllisKnight has stayed true to its principles and emerged successful in its sustainability targets. The company has a well-rounded approach to environmental responsibility and it is a great pleasure that Planet Mark can be a part of that.”
Patrick Graham
EllisKnight International
“We are absolutely thrilled to now be a Planet Mark certified recruitment business. We are so lucky to have an amazing team who all understand the necessity for us all to do what we can to help the environment and as a result, we hope this makes us a better place to work too. It’s so important to us that we only partner with organisations that share these values.”

Certification story

Through Planet Mark, the company has protected an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge through Cool Earth directly supports the Asháninka community in Central Peru.

It has also helped the Eden Project – an educational charity building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.

As a company, EllisKnight pride itself on its ability to help others and place tremendous emphasis on environmental sustainability, community support, charitable fundraising and providing its talented team with an environment to flourish within. EllisKnight currently contributes towards 10 Sustainable Development Goals. EllisKnight is also offsetting its annual carbon emissions through projects associated with Ecologi.

How we respond to this decade will decide the course of human history. Climate change is already one of the most prominent topics of conversation among business leaders, and this will only grow as time goes on. We must all contribute to ensuring our planet is fit for the future, and business has a key role to play in embracing innovative solutions for a low-carbon world.

Case Study

Sustainability Transparency & Best Newcomer

EllisKnight International place great value on helping others, with emphasis on environmental sustainability, community support, charitable fundraising and providing their talented team with an environment to flourish and thrive. 


EllisKnight has always prided itself as a company that cherishes its team and local community but wanted to take this further. They amended their business Articles of Association to establish a legal obligation to be a purpose-led organisation and created a Sustainability Report based around 4 core UN Sustainability Development Goals, proudly leading to B Corp certification in 2021.  


Supported by Planet Mark they started taking ownership of their carbon footprint which began their journey of action and change: 


  • Partnering with ClimateCare allowed them to achieve carbon neutral status in December 2021 
  • Planting over 7,000 trees with Ecologi offset the carbon footprint of the team plus every candidate placed in the last year for the first 12 months of their new role 
  • Improved data collection around utilities, waste and business travel significantly reduced their carbon footprint with the installation of an electric car charger at their commercial office and ensuring business operations are online and paper free. 
  • Measurement of daily impact through website B1G1 widget, created nearly 500,000 global impacts to date, winning them 5 Global stars in recognition of this achievement 
  • Giving a Certificate of Appreciation and charitable donations based around the UN Goals on behalf of clients for every candidate placed 
  • Arranging birthday donations of tree planting for the team and their families 
  • Partnering with Toilet Twinning to hold a monthly free prize draw to win a client’s toilet with a latrine in a developing community  

EllisKnight strives to be as creative and diverse as possible when it comes to sharing its sustainability journey within a sector that isn’t traditionally known for its positive impact on the planet and has had some wonderful opportunities to tell its story to a large audience including their staff team to share ideas and inspiration: 


  • Hosted podcasts, website blogs and guest speaker webinar appearances from the senior leadership team  
  • Ethical Recruiter Podcast reached the top 10 globally  
  • The senior leadership team regularly speak at online webinars and business podcasts 
  • Sharing of sustainability milestones across social media, websites and blogs 
  • Regular workshops and guest speakers 
  • Friday ‘Team Huddles’ to share sustainability ideas resulting in working with Terracycle and Ecosia 
  • Sustainability quizzes and litter picking events 
  • Paid staff volunteering days 

Transparency and engagement have allowed EllisKnight to join a wider community of like-minded businesses, intent on putting people and the planet first. A collective voice that has helped reach further and achieve more transforming the business. It has allowed external stakeholders to scrutinise their credentials as a purpose-led business as well as fostering a culture within their own team to always strive for improvement in placing people and the planet first. 


EllisKnight’s mission to become Sustainability Leaders within their sector has utterly transformed their business in a short time, and with the support of their team, clients and partners they intend to build on this fantastic start to make progress year on year. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, EllisKnight has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.

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