As an organisation committed to a radical and ecological view of society we will strive to achieve the highest ecological and social ethical standards - these will take into account not just the ecological impact of our work, but the impact on poorer communities across the globe and on non-human animals.
We commit ourselves to the following.
Reducing the amount of resources we consume and pollution we create by:
- re-using paper, ink cartridges and all other appropriate resources;
- sharing resources where practicable with other groups;
- using recycled, post consumer paper in office and for our publicity materials;
- powering our activities with electricity from renewable sources wherever possible;
- reducing energy use in our work environments;
- paying bike mileage to staff to encourage cycling;
- using public transport wherever it provides a viable option;
- not using air travel;
- using ecological cleaning products;
- sourcing second-hand office equipment such as furniture and computers;
- recycling our waste through the most appropriate waste stream.
Reducing our support of destructive transnational corporations and oppressive regimes by:
- buying from small local suppliers, co-operatives or social enterprises, specialist alternative suppliers, or community enterprises in the third world in preference to corporate sources;
- respecting reputable boycott movements;
- buying food that is sustainably produced;
- banking with ethical banks and building societies;
- choosing insurance providers with the highest ethical standards;
- using Free / Open Source Software wherever and whenever practicable; developing copyleft or public domain software for open platforms only.
Reducing our impact on non-human animals by:
- providing only vegan food, cleaning products etc in our work environments, workshops and during other events we organise.
We will consider all of these ideals when choosing services such as banking, printing, when looking for office space and seeking funding.
We will prioritise supporting groups and organisations that share our commitment to a radical and ecological view of society.
With reference to the ideals listed above, we will not work with groups which have an unacceptably high or negligent negative social and environmental impact.
The responsibility for enacting this policy lies with all members, staff, volunteers and trainees of Seeds for Change. Regular reviews and evaluation of the policy and improvements in practice will take place.