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Social & Environmental Impact Policy

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In keeping with our core values and our belief in the power of business to create positive social & environmental change, Greenheart strives at all times to promote and role model the highest standards of social & environmental responsibility.

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In 2019 we were one of the first businesses formally to declare 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. We run our business like a living system meaning that all our stakeholders are vital and interdependent parts of the whole, rather than cogs in a machine.

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.

Clients

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.

Products/Services

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 are putting in place processes to monitor our environmental inputs and outputs, therefore our footprint on the planet. We will be building a robust strategy to reduce our impacts and compensate for any harm we are not able to eliminate.  We will not make bold Net Zero declarations until we are happy with that strategy, but our intention is – of course – to become regenerative across our own operations.

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.

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 we have no alternative to flying, we will offset the carbon generated by our flight via fellow B Corp Climate Care.

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