Giving Back

Our 1% policy

Because we get our inspiration from nature and our tools from science, we believe that we have an obligation to give something back with the hope that doing so will in some small way benefit both.

So, we donate 1% of our product-derived revenues to support the conservation of biodiversity and basic science education in developing countries. We have a particular interest in supporting low-key, unglamorous, or underappreciated projects/efforts that nonetheless have the potential to make a positive impact on biodiversity and science education.

These donations also reflect our commitment to support the letter and spirit of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Of course we recognise that at a small company, 1% of revenues can be a meager sum. But it’s a start. As we grow, these sums will get bigger in the years to come. And as we develop as a company, this program will itself evolve.

The recipients

In 2015 we identified our first recipients for receiving financial support. They are as follows:

Assistant Professor of Biology, Kabir Peay

Kabir Peay | Assistant Professor of Biology, Stanford UniversityEvolva Kabir examines biomassFocus: Fungi research in the Lambir Hills National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.

Why we like his work: Because of the importance of fungi, known as the “microbiome of the forest”, insights from this research could prove useful for the conservation of biodiversity in rainforests around the world.


“It’s hard to appreciate what you don’t know even exists. And fungi, bacteria and insects are effectively invisible to most people. But, I have personally noticed that people begin to care about conservation as they start to understand the ecosystems around them. Ultimately I think this type of research can help create appreciation for biodiversity and a desire to conserve it.”


Wildlife biologist Surendra Varma

Surendra Varma | Wildlife biologist, Asian Nature Conservation Fund
Surendra Varma Evolva support

Focus: human-elephant conflict reduction and elephant welfare

Why we like his work: Among other things, Surendra Varma leverages science education, capacity building, and public engagement not just to reduce human-elephant conflict in villages and farms, but also to improve public policy and conservation efforts that benefit the Asian Elephant in India and throughout Asia.


“I want to create a science curriculum that is simplified and user-friendly for the public, and can help create awareness for people to participate in conservation measures. Without the interaction or coordination between scientists, policy makers and the public, knowledge stagnates. When there is free flow of knowledge it can reach a wider audience and produce more results.”

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    Evolva is collaborating with Australian academic experts and our friends at the University of Copenhagen to help solve the koala conundrum that is dramatically complicating conservation efforts of this quirky, much-loved marsupial.

    Cape Otway Eco Centre
  • How I got converted to G.M.O. food

    Few environmentalists and political activists have the bona fides of Mark Lynas, who oversaw campaigns against GMOs for Greenpeace. In this New York Times editorial he explains why he ultimately came to view biotech in a very different light.

    The New York Times
  • Marie Curie – grants for researchers

    The European Commission supports European researchers with grants across Europe. One of the places they get training is Evolva.

    European Commission
  • Plant power – the ultimate way to go green

    In this TEDx talk, Evolva science advisor and University of Copenhagen plant biology professor Birger Lindberg Moller brings us up to speed on the latest thinking on how to harness plant power to bring about a cleaner, greener planet.

  • The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies

    Ahead of its time: the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues of synthetic biology
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