In 2019 we formally declared a Climate Emergency.
We subscribe deeply to the notion of the Circular Economy, which is restorative by nature, designing and implementing systems that return nutrients to the planet rather than depleting them.
Our deep rooted belief in the need for an accelerated transition to a regenerative, inclusive, stakeholder economy is at the heart of everything we do. It informs:
- the type of clients and work with which we want to engage;
- our charitable and advocacy commitments; and
- the way we procure products and services – both at work and at home.
We choose to work with clients who share our values, and not to work with clients whose work or values are at odds with ours.
For example, we have an established client base in the organic food & farming sector and strive to promote that sector and facilitate its growth. This is because we believe organic and agroecological food systems to be capable and necessary to build a restorative food system that works for all.
We aim for 100% of our clients to say that our services have added social, environmental or economic value and survey them after every engagement to ask this question. To date, we are achieving that target.
Charity and Advocacy
The flexibility of our business model allows us to support, and campaign for, causes that are close to our core values.
We give at least 5% of our working time to charities that promote or enable the transition to a regenerative economy. For the period November 2017 to November 2021, this commitment is realised through Tom’s trusteeship of the Soil Association and non-executive directorship of it’s trading subsidiary, Soil Association Certification Ltd.
This policy also informs what products and services we procure and how we do so, as well as how our people make choices outside the working environment.
- We monitor our water and electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and put in place initiatives to reduce or mitigate both. All our electricity is either generated on site (via solar PV) or sourced from 100% renewable sources via our fellow B Corp, Bulb Energy. In 2019 we emitted the equivalent of 2.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide (across all GHG scopes). To deal with this we planted 180 trees (which are under our own management) and purchased carbon credits from fellow B Corp ClimateCare. Until we can work out how to reduce our emissions completely, or remove any that we can’t reduce, we’ll continue to do what we can.
- All our cleaning and sanitary products are naturally derived. We avoid harsh chemicals and use solid bars or refill our bottles where possible.
- Stationary supplies are sustainably sourced where possible from fellow BCorp Red-Inc. All printer paper is recycled and printing kept to a minimum. We subscribe to HP Instant Ink so that our printer ink use is the most efficient it can be, and spent cartridges returned to the manufacturer.
- Use of single-use plastics is actively discouraged and alternatives sought. A thorough re-use and recycling system is in place – we operate five bins: compost, paper, plastic, glass and landfill. Food waste is either fed to the chickens to make eggs, or composted to fertilise the soil for next year’s vegetables. We repair rather than replace and reuse bottles/packaging wherever possible. Waste sent to landfill is kept to an absolute minimum and waste electrical products are separated and disposed of at a suitable facility.
- All food is organic and either grown on our agroecologically run smallholding or locally sourced and delivered without unnecessary packaging. This includes the limited amount of meat we eat, most of which we produce ourselves from an exclusive diet of fresh grass.
- We believe in giving the best possible chance to people who, like us, are passionate about doing what they do in the right way. So we choose our suppliers carefully, giving first preference (where we have a choice) to independent businesses, particularly those that are local to us or minority owned.
- We commit to ensuring that any contractors we engage are paid at least the Living Wage.
- We contribute to our local community and charities in which we believe both financially and in-kind by volunteering our time and expertise.
- We hold bank accounts with fellow BCorp Triodos Bank and invest a proportion of our profits in a range of responsible investments which have been screened for their positive and negative social and environmental impacts.
- Whenever reasonably practicable, business travel is undertaken as follows:
- less than 3 miles by foot or bicycle;
- more than 50 miles by train and/or public transport; and
- intermediate or rural journeys may require car travel, but alternatives (such as video-conferencing) are always sought
When have no alternative to flying, we will offset the carbon generated by our flight via fellow B Corp Climate Care.
Version 5 – April 2020