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Trofaco is a socio-economic enterprise with the goal of having the largest possible positive impact on the global climate. Therefore, we strive to use as many of our resources as possible to plant trees. In practice, this means that we reduce all costs as much as possible and only use what is needed for our main goal: to plant trees.

Furthermore, we do not pay dividends or interests to any owners or shareholders and we keep our salaries to a minimum. As a result of this, the vast majority of funds we receive are used to do exactly what we intend it to – plant more trees. We publish all our audited financial reports here for all to see, as we aim to be as transparent about our work as possible.

Tree saplings in a nursery in Uganda


TROFACO was established in 2014 by Steffen Johnsen and Thomas O’Brien, who have worked in international development for many years. They saw a need for a new way of climate action outside the established schemes; a new approach with a focus on transparency, minimal administration costs, and plenty of benefits for the people most affected by climate change. 

At first, TROFACO provided tree-based climate compensation mainly for DanChurchAid by planting trees in Cambodia. In 2016 we started working to identify a potential partner in Uganda, which took us many years, but it ended with us establishing a partnership with a very strong, national NGO by the name of CIDI. 

With a trustworthy and hard-working partner by our side, we were ready to expand. The media learned of us, and aided by articles in the Danish newspapers Information and Politiken, we continued our growth as many new customers helped us take climate action. 

In 2019, we evolved our database and verification system, launched a new website, set new strategies, and worked on becoming a scalable and healthy business. This also lead to a strategic partnership with DanChurchAid, where we together help businesses and private citizens alike take action and plant trees. 

Today our efforts are concentrated around using our new ressources for providing better documentation, identifying areas for large-scale tree planting, and finding more clients willing to help us in our goal of re-planting as many trees as possible.

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