Plant-based, low-sugar candy brand Healthy Hippo has received its Carbon Neutral certification from Planet FWD, the leading carbon management platform.

Healthy Hippo is the first low-sugar candy brand in North America to receive this certification and remains committed to the sustainable manufacturing of all its products from cradle-to-grave. 

The latest IPCC report makes it clear that there’s no time to waste in the fight against climate change, and consumers are calling on brands to take action. Recent reports from Deloitte highlight that 42 percent of consumers have changed consumption habits themselves because of their stance on the environment. Meanwhile, a survey from Forrester found that 51 percent of Gen Z respondents will always research a company to ensure it aligns with their position on corporate social responsibility before making a purchase. 

"The time for climate action is now, and the consumer demand for climate-friendly products is clear," said Julia Collins, founder and CEO of Planet FWD. "We're honored to work with Healthy Hippo to deliver for their customers and drive meaningful impact through emissions reductions and neutralization."

Healthy Hippo partnered with Planet FWD complete life cycle assessments for its product line up by measuring, reducing and neutralizing its carbon footprint through every phase of the product’s life. Upon making changes within the organization, including manufacturing practices and materials sourcing, the company was given its Carbon Neutral Certification. Healthy Hippo has purchased high-quality offsets in line with Planet FWD’s rigorous standards from Pachama, which provides afforestation and reforestation-based carbon credit projects, to neutralize its unavoidable emissions.

“Carbon neutrality is just the first step on our sustainability journey," said Healthy Hippo CEO Ashley Paterson. "We will continue to work closely with Planet FWD for additional climate actions we can take to continue to reduce our carbon footprint. We’ve planned out specific steps that are verifiable and time-bound, including reducing emissions from energy use, materials, and transportation. Because, when it comes down to it, we need to do more for our planet and the next generation."