Kia has announced a new three-year partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust, which will see the firm promote future nature conservation. 

Surrey Wildlife Trust manages over 7,000 hectares of land in Surrey for wildlife and the public, with Kia’s UK head office being based in Walton-on-Thames in the county. 

Through the partnership, Kia says it will contribute ‘significant financial donation and fundraising activities’ towards the trust, with the money set to go towards providing young people with training to manage the reserve and ‘equipping them with skills for future nature conservation in the region’.

The brand’s UK staff will also take part in conservation work and promote the work the Surrey Wildlife Trust does for the region’s countryside.

It follows Kia’s recent commitment to full sustainability, with the brand aiming to achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2045. The firm already offers a range of hybrid and EVs – including the Soul EV, EV6 and e-Niro – has also said it plans to launch 11 fully electric models in Europe by 2026. By 2035 it aims to have phased out all engines and hybrids in its European line-up. 

Paul Philpott, president and CEO of Kia UK, said, “This new partnership between Kia UK and Surrey Wildlife Trust demonstrates our focus on sustainability, one of the core pillars of our business. 

“Kia recently outlined a new vision to help protect the environment globally and working with the Surrey Wildlife Trust is our local commitment, and enables Kia UK and our staff to support the safeguarding of habitats across the county. As our business continues to grow in the UK, I’m very proud to be able to donate time and funds to this great cause.”