For us business is about a lot more than looking after our clients and making a profit. We aim to use business as a force for good. Our goal is to help mitigate climate change and to create a more inclusive and sustainable global economy.
This page tells you about the actions we take, the groups we support, some positive outcomes, and the independently audited governance that ensures we continue to deliver on our promises. We show where our policies align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We donate 1%+ of turnover to making a healthier, fairer planet
In February 2013 IllustrationX joined 1% for the Planet, a global alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthier planet.
Every year we donate a minimum of 1% of our turnover to support our Ten Million Trees program. To date we have enabled the life of over 1.7 million trees in Zambia and the Ethiopian Rift Valley, with the potential to sequester approximately 138,867t CO2e over their lifetime of growth (compensating for approximately 77,148 return economy flights between New York and London to look at it another way).
You can read WeForest’s latest report on their activities on our behalf in the Copperbelt here.
This action is aligned to UN SDG 13.
Helping to reduce poverty and increase access to education
So far we are doing this in a really small way, but it is making a real difference to some peoples’ lives. For example, we install beehives so that the people who nurse the trees in our Ten Million Trees reforestation program, can sell the honey. This has more than doubled their average income and enabled many families to send their children to school for the first time.
This action is aligned to UN SDG 1 .
We have been a Carbon Negative Business since 2013
In 2012 IllustrationX decided to do what it can to reduce the carbon impact of our business. Since 2013 our offices have been carbon negative and we’re staying that way.
Our offices use electricity generated from renewable sources, including wind and solar, wherever available.
This action is aligned to UN SDGs 12 and 13.
As a BCorp, sustainability and inclusivity are hard wired
Our commitment to building a more sustainable and inclusive economy is hard wired into our way of doing business.
In 2022 we became a Certified B Corporation®, aligning our business to a nonprofit network that is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. B Lab regularly measures how our governance impacts our workers, community, environment and customers. This action helps to ensure that we continue to meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
You can view our latest B Lab score here.
Our approach is transparent, professional, fair and ethical
We strive to provide services of exceptional quality with efficiency, diligence, integrity, transparency, punctuality and commitment.
IllustrationX is a member of the Association of Illustrators (AOI), and a member of the Society of Artists' Agents (SAA), Society of Illustrators and the Artist Management Association, and adheres to the conditions of membership of all four.
Specifically, we aim to:
This action is aligned to UN SDG 9.
Resources to build a more inclusive creative industry
We support Agents for Change | Diversifying Illustration, a movement that provides mentoring, events and resources for under-represented people of all ages, helping to build a more equal and diverse creative industry.
This action is aligned to UN SDG 10.
Regular podcasts that aim to grow creativity and wellbeing
We sponsor top illustrator Ben Tallon‘s insightful and entertaining podcasts on The Creative Condition. We’re delighted (but not surprised) that he has had over 250,000 listens around the world.
You can find the podcasts here.
This action is aligned to UN SDGs 3 and 9.
Nurturing the talent and inclusivity of our illustrators
We nurture the potential of every illustrator and animator, helping them to grow their talent, financial security and career, and so increase their job satisfaction.
We provide help and support to under represented groups to build a more diverse industry.
This action is aligned to UN SDGs 8 and 10.
Promoting the job satisfaction and wellness of our agents
We are a caring business and think of our agents and artists as a family. We build close working relationships with each other. We love what we do.
We work hard to monitor and contribute to our employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, job engagement and satisfaction.
IllustrationX is committed to LGBTQ+ equality. We foster a working environment in which everyone is included, respected, and empowered to fulfil their potential. We support individuals with barriers to employment.
This action is aligned to UN SDGs 5, 8 and 10.