Social and environmental policy

We are a three-thinking business that values people, planet and profit.

In our business operations we:

  • Consider ethical and social issues, biodiversity and environmental sustainability when taking strategic and operational decisions, with the aim of having a positive impact on the environment, our community and the wider world.
  • Keep any negative environmental impacts caused by our business as low as possible and continually work to reduce them.
  • Seek to work with suppliers, partners and clients who share our three-thinking values and/or actively engage with these parties in order to encourage them to be more three-thinking.
  • Maintain this policy, that is available for public review, in relation to ethical procurement, environmental practice and social ethics.

We do not knowingly work with any businesses that are involved with:

  • Intensive farming, including mass production of biofuels
  • Animal testing for non-medical purposes
  • Production and supply of weapons
  • Tobacco
  • Blood sports
  • The fur trade
  • Extraction, production and transportation of fossil fuels
  • Nuclear power
  • The manufacture or use of products or chemicals that are persistent in the environment, bioaccumulate in nature or are linked to long term health concerns
  • The unsustainable harvest of natural resources, including timber and fish

Examples of the ways in which we put our principles into practice include:

Environmental

  • Taking responsibility for ensuring the products and/or services we provide are as environmentally sustainable as possible across their full lifecycle ie sourcing, production, use and disposal/repurposing.
  • Ensuring that we adhere to or exceed all relevant environmental legislation.
  • Using renewable energy for our electricity supply.
  • Using environmentally sustainable cleaning products.
  • Using wind-powered hosting and data centres.
  • Seeking to minimise the waste generated by our business through selective purchasing, and then recycling or reusing wherever possible.
  • Proactively seeking to reduce our carbon footprint in relation to business travel and operation of all work premises and processes.
  • Using low energy lighting.
  • Using recycled or sustainably sourced paper for printing and promotional materials, and only printing literature when absolutely necessary.
  • Having water saving products installed.
  • Having an Environmental Management System in place.

Social

  • Ensuring all our supplier relationships are operated on the basis of fair, ethical trade.
  • Ensuring that we adhere to or exceed all relevant health and safety legislation.
  • Providing fairly traded refreshments in the workplace.
  • Using a business bank account with an ethical investment policy.
  • Ensuring all staff are paid at least a living wage across our supply chain including those roles contracted out to outside companies e.g. cleaners/ labourers. 
  • Ensuring the pay ratio of our most highly paid staff and our lowest paid staff is not more than 10:1 .
  • Ensuring that we adhere to the principles and duties contained in the Equality Act 2010.
  • Supporting our local economy by working with local, independent suppliers wherever possible.
  • Carrying out community giving by providing a portion of our time, skills, premises or profits to charitable purposes.

Ongoing

We will continue to:

  • provide a proportion of our consultancy work pro bono for local charitable purposes
  • proactively encourage business partners, suppliers and clients to make more in depth improvements in environmental and social impact management
  • increase the extent to which we track our environmental and social impact against targets

Connections in the three-thinking economy

Organisations that are our suppliers, partners or consultancy clients that we regard as being values led.

Neo

Craker Business Solutions

hiSbe Food CIC

Cooperative Bank

Ecotricity

Sarah Macbeth

Two States

Spook Studio

Hackett and Tiger

Food Ethics Council

Waste Watch – part of Keep Britain Tidy

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

 

As a business that is proud to be sustainable, we are always happy to provide further information on any of the commitments in this document to clients, suppliers or partners.

This policy was last updated on 18th Sept 2013