CITY TO SEA SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
City to Sea understands that the operations and processes of our organisation can create both positive and negative environmental, social and economic factors. As such, we’ve put together a Sustainability Policy that outlines our commitment as an organisation to limit the negative impacts we create.
This document outlines how we will meet our Annual Company Objective to be legally & ethically compliant. We commit to the following actions:
Communicate clearly our sustainable procurement policy with all stakeholders including sponsors, business partners, suppliers, staff, volunteers on our sustainable procurement values through contracts and briefings. See Sustainable Procurement Guide.
Adhering to the European Waste Hierarchy we follow the principles of: reduce, reuse, recycle, recovery before disposal. In the office, we audit the materials in our general waste and recycling streams and take measures to tackle these including a lunch Tupperware scheme and Terracycle collections for the whole building.
Stationary, marketing & literature
To print only as required on FSC or recycled paper, double-sided where possible. Banners, t–shirts and stationary is sourced based on our Sustainable Procurement Policy.
Travel & transport
Meetings and events conducted in central locations. Cycling, low – carbon and public transport options prioritised for all travel within UK and Europe. If international travel is unavoidable and required, then this will be offset.
Monitoring & measuring
In order to continually improve and deliver on our sustainable objectives, we will monitor and measure our activities to understand our environmental, social and economic impact. Monitoring the impact of our travel and business carbon footprint.
Company carbon accounting
We acknowledge that carbon offsetting/accounting is not a solution to climate change and should not be used in place of carbon reduction. However, as a responsible business, we wish to account for our day-to–day business and travel carbon impacts and donate the money to vetted and accountable schemes.
Food & drink
Food and drink options, menus and procurement choices are made based on this hierarchy: single-use plastic free), local, seasonal, Fairtrade, sustainably grown and organic. Vegetarian menu as standard.
We are committed to continual improvement through regular assessment and review of our business processes, event planning and implementation. Furthermore, we are committed to adhering to appropriate legal requirements and other requirements, which are applicable to our operations.
Our nominated sustainability champion is Livvy Drake, our in-house Behaviour Change and Sustainability Consultant.
CITY TO SEA SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT POLICY
Ethics & Sustainable Sourcing
In delivering this Policy, City to Sea is committed to avoiding detrimental environmental, social and cultural impacts. We will follow our ethics as detailed in our Sustainability Policy.
When choosing items for the project we will follow our sustainable procurement policies values:
Consider the European Waste Hierarchy Principles:
- Minimisation: Can an item be borrowed or hired
- Re-use: Is it built to last or is there a reusable option?
- Recycle: Can it be made in a material that is recyclable
- Recovery: Can any energy or resources be recovered
- Disposal: What is the impact and cost of disposal
Choose products that have certifications:
- Cruelty free
Avoid excessive packaging by buying loose items or bulk buying
Reduce travel miles and support the local economy by choosing local, independent and ethical suppliers where possible
Source sustainable services for all aspects of business by asking the contractor for their:
- Company environmental policy
- Their supply chain awareness and assessment
- Ensure fairness in contracts and pay across operations:
- Living wage as a minimum
Signed: Rebecca Burgess, CEO
Review date: 15/04/2020
Endorsed by: Natalie Fee, Founder