Earlier this year we saw uproar from a variety of environmental and animal rights groups over GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons’ deadly Zimbabwean elephant hunt. Though elephant hunting is legal in Zimbabwe, it is strongly frowned upon across the world, mainly due to the startlingly debilitating effect the ivory trade has had on the elephant population, especially in the last 45 years. To top all that off, some organizations that advocate for equality or women's rights may also find Mr. Parson's personal blog* somewhat distasteful. *warning! this content may be offensive to some viewers.
The Quest for a Better Registrar
It quickly came to our attention that Internet users were looking for more socially conscious, globally responsible domain registrars. Now, we’re not talking registrars that are out there trying to save the world, but rather those who are at least trying to make as little of an impact as possible, by going carbon neutral, for example.
The good news is there are alternative domain registrars out there; you just need to know where to look. Registrar Judge (http://registrarjudge.com/) proved to be a helpful tool in the search for a more socially responsible domain registrar.
Wait, What’s a Registrar Anyway?
Domain registrars are a necessary component of the Internet. Licensed domain registrars link people like you and me to InterNIC [http://www.internic.net/] and ICANN [http://www.icann.org/], ensuring the world retains a network of individually unique IP addresses by way of the Domain Name System (DNS). Put simply, these standards and organizations exist to ensure that you go to one, specific website when you type in a URL and also so that your email ends up in one, specific person’s inbox.
And the Winners Are…
The two companies that stood out the most were Namecheap and pairNIC. Both domain registrar companies are recommended here based on their levels of service and security, their comparable costs, features and benefits, and their dedication to customer service - not to mention, of course, their focus on low environmental impact and socially conscious business practices.
- Namecheap [http://www.namecheap.com/]
- In an environmentally friendly, (while no doubt financially viable) move, Namecheap donated twenty percent of domain transfer revenue to Save the Elephants in response to Parsons’ actions. [http://www.namecheap.com/default/aboutus/press-releases/11-03-31/Namecheap_com_donates_to_Save_the_Elephants_in_Response_to_the_Elephant_Hunt.aspx]
- pairNIC [https://www.pairnic.com/index.html]
- pairNIC prides itself on its carbon neutrality, reduced energy consumption, energy efficiency, recycling efforts and much, much more. [https://www.pairnic.com/environmentallyfriendly.html]