what do we mean by ethical?

We try and do things ethically – what do we mean by that exactly?  We’ve broken it down into these areas:

Honesty – is the best policy! We are open and transparent about our processes, and speak in plain English to avoid blinding people with science.

Sectors – We love working on projects that make a positive difference, like renewable energy and dementia projects. Occasionally we may decide not to work on a project because of its sector or content.  Contact us for more details.

Good causes – We support a number of charities and good causes. We’re a supporter of the University of Nottingham’s first solar car, and we were also proud to be a sponsor for the Ethical Brands for Fashion Revolution event.

Paperless – We use email and online tools wherever possible, cutting down on paperwork and travel to meetings.  We always look out for recycled or FSC-certified paper products, including toilet roll (sorry, too much information!)

Transport – We’re big fans of Nottingham’s amazing public transport and use it as much as possible, as well as campaigning for better transport links.

Banking – We use banks which have the best ethical score according to Ethical Consumer – so they’re less likely to make harmful investments and avoid tax.

Tax – We don’t use any tax avoidance schemes, wanting to pay our fair share, and we like to buy from others who do the same.

Equal opportunities – We’re against discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or religious background.

Energy – We’re proudly powered by 100% renewable electricity, and go out of our way to cut down on energy and water use wherever possible.

Web hosting – We use UK web hosting powered by renewable energy, which is marked as hosted green by the Green Web Foundation.

Recycling – Everything we can reuse or recycle we do, and we buy recycled goods wherever possible.

Supply chain – We try and support small businesses in accordance with our Modern Slavery statement.  If we need to use a larger supplier, we use easyfundraising.org.uk to send a percentage to good causes.

Any suggestions?

We’re aware that there’s always more to be done. If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know.

This policy was updated on 6th January 2023.

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