Global trading company

ACT Commodities is a global trading company with an open-minded attitude, collaborative work culture and broad portfolio of environmental commodities and fuels products. Conceived to facilitate the new trading opportunities which emerged with introduction of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the company has evolved in line with the diversity of environmental products available.

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Meeting demand for environmental commodities

ACT Commodities was founded in Amsterdam in 2009 by former financial brokers Jaap Janssen and Bram Bastiaansen. When the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) was first implemented in 2005, the pair were among the first to recognize the need for provision of trading services in the environmental commodities market.

Demand for this service led to the business growing rapidly in terms of clients, turnover and product range. Today ACT Commodities employs around 200 people, has offices in Amsterdam, New York, Paris and Shanghai and brings liquidity to the most diverse international portfolio of certificates and physical energy commodities products in the world.

Advantageous company culture

ACT Commodities takes great pride in fostering an open and transparent company culture where all employees are treated equally and feel a real sense of camaraderie. We believe that hiring the right people and empowering them to excel, together, is the most beneficial personnel policy.

We take time to identify talent and give that talent time, and support, to realize its potential. Shared decision-making and individual entrustment with responsibility lead to everybody feeling invested in the company’s future. The result is a loyal, enthusiastic, long-serving team who provide an exceptional level of customer service.

Expanding products portfolio

Continuing the ethos by which Jaap Janssen and Bram Bastiaansen founded ACT Commodities, the company’s unrivalled portfolio has developed organically over time through employees bringing their own ideas to the table. The pair lend experience and support to venturing into new markets which complement those already served, so clients can benefit from an ever-more comprehensive service.

Global vision

Generation and trading of environmental commodities are matters of global relevance. ACT Commodities connects this international marketplace by serving customers from all over the world, as well as global customers with subsidiaries all over the world. To align more closely with this diversity of clients, we employ traders who originate from many different countries to facilitate better linguistic and cultural understanding.

From our roots in Amsterdam, the capital city of one of history’s greatest international trading nations, we are gradually spreading our physical presence to other continents. Our New York office serves the needs of America-based clients and our Shanghai office the needs of Asia-based clients.