Making a Difference this Earth Day and Beyond

Every year on 22nd April, the world celebrates Earth Day to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment and invest in our planet.

At PayPal, we are working to help reduce our environmental footprint and support sustainability projects in the communities where we live and work. We are also focused on advancing innovations that can help vulnerable populations on the front lines of climate change better withstand and recover from climate disasters.

Throughout April, PayPal employees are supporting organisations that are helping to create a sustainable and equitable future. Here’s how you can join us.

Donate to Protect the Planet

Santiago, Guatemala: PayPal employees volunteer to install clean cookstoves and water filter with PayPal Community Impact partner, HELPS International.
Santiago, Guatemala: PayPal employees volunteer
to install clean cookstoves and a water filter with
PayPal Community Impact partner, HELPS International.

PayPal Giving Fund is featuring organisations dedicated to helping protect our planet. You can donate to an environmental charity of your choice or choose from one of our many featured charities that are helping create a greener future. These charities work on a range of innovative solutions, from supporting Indigenous communities in preserving natural ecosystems to reducing deforestation through clean cookstove projects.

With Give at Checkout, you can also donate to an environmental cause of your choice when you check out with PayPal across millions of online retailers. You can find your own and click the “heart” icon on their profile page to set them as your favourite charity. When you are ready to make a purchase, simply click the donation checkbox at checkout. Alternatively, donate to one of the featured environmental charities:

  • Flossie and the Beach Cleaners: who aim to empower the next generation to combat ocean and sea pollution through practical education by teach them to take back their beaches in a fun way.
  • Friends of the Earth Ireland: an environmental justice charity which supports community groups across the country to make their local areas more climate friendly, and much more. 
  • Seal Rescue Ireland: who works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and release native seals found sick, injured or orphaned from across the coast of Ireland.

When you donate on the PayPal website or in the app, we cover the transaction costs* for donations made through our Giving Fund platform, ensuring that 100% of your donation supports the causes you love. 

Making Our Communities Greener

PayPal is committed to improving financial health and expanding economic opportunity for communities around the world. We are taking action to help ensure climate-vulnerable communities can continue to participate fully and fairly in our global economy for years to come.

Chennai, India: PayPal employees plant trees with PayPal Community Impact partner, ExNoRa in January 2023
Chennai, India: PayPal employees plant trees with PayPal
Community Impact partner, ExNoRa in January 2023

This year for Earth Day, PayPal employees in some countries will participate in tree planting efforts, which help reduce carbon levels and provide climate-vulnerable communities with clean jobs and food security.

PayPal is partnering with environmental non-profit organisations to organise employee volunteering events in locations where our employees live and work. For example, in Ireland, employees will volunteer with An Taisce for a beach as part of ‘Clean Coasts’ programme, picking litter and helping to protect and care for Ireland’s coastline, seas and marine life. In Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and San Jose, employees will assemble seed kits and plant fruit trees for community gardens that directly benefit underserved communities facing food insecurity with EARTHDAY.ORG and the International Tree Foundation.

Our Sustainability Efforts

In 2021, PayPal committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and we are making measurable progress toward that goal. For the past two years, we have maintained our commitment to powering our global data centre operations with 100% renewable energy.

We believe that economic opportunity and climate action are inextricably linked. In addition to mitigating our own impact, we are exploring ways that our products and services can enable commerce and investments in our planet that create economic opportunity for all.

Join us in investing in our planet this Earth Day and every day.

* PayPal covers transaction fees when you donate in Euro using your Irish PayPal account in the PayPal app or through this page of our website so 100% of your donation goes to charity unless it involves a currency conversion. For more information on fees please see the PayPal User Agreement.

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