Our Definition of Sustainability
Julie’s Bicycle is a leading charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.
Our vision is a creative community with sustainability at its heart, and our mission is to provide the inspiration, expertise and resources to make that happen. This includes us. Our internal commitments to environmental sustainability should at least mirror and, unless wherever possible, exceed what we are asking of others.
Our definition of sustainability:
Sustainability is a balanced, mutually beneficial relationship with our socio-ecological context.
‘Sustainability’ commonly refers to three connected parameters: social, financial and environmental (the so-called triple bottom line) and culture has been added into more recent models.
Formal definitions of sustainability often place environmental sustainability as the anchor sustainability principle, an acknowledgement that the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ecosystems that keep the planet healthy are prerequisites for social, financial, and cultural health. Julie’s Bicycle recognises the mutually reinforcing sustainability relationships: our core focus is, however, on our environment.
Founded in 2007, Julie’s Bicycle is a charity working with the arts and creative industries to embed knowledge and support practical and scaled up responses to climate change and environmental degradation. We do this by carrying out research and campaigns, facilitating networks and partnerships, providing benchmarks, training, guidance and consultancy, and through our Creative Industry Green Tools and certification. Our team, which includes full time dedicated staff and expert consultants, is based at Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA as of August 2015, with whom we are developing a good partnership (including with other tenants based in the building). We mainly work in the UK, but are increasing our international work, especially in Europe and Australia.
We are committed to reducing the negative environmental impacts of our own activities, in particular those relating to:
- Our office: energy use, water use and waste;
- Our business travel and staff commuting: energy use;
- Our communications materials: use of resources (mainly paper and inks) and transport for printed materials and use of energy for storage, downloading, streaming and/or online reading for digital communications;
- Our events: energy use, water use, food, waste, transport and travel;
- The goods and services we choose for our offices: notably office supplies, ICT and electronic equipment and furniture and;
- The business services we use: notably website, data and email server hosting and banking.
We are committed to understanding, measuring, improving and communicating our environmental performance and engaging management and employees in this process. Our key areas of focus for reducing our impacts are:
- Working with the Somerset House Trust, where our office is based, to identify and implement actions to reduce energy and water use, reduce waste and increase recycling, and engage and collaborate with other tenants on environmental sustainability;
- Reducing the impacts of business travel and staff commuting: avoiding travel where possible by using webinars, Skype and teleconferences, and encouraging the use of zero or low-carbon travel modes, e.g. walking, cycling, journey sharing, travelling by public transport and train where possible for longer journeys and European travel and avoiding flying for journeys in England, Scotland and Wales;
- Integrating environmental and ethical considerations when choosing supplies and services for our business operations, especially stationery, equipment, furniture, banking, website and email hosting;
- Working with suppliers and contractors to reduce the impacts of our publications and events and;
- Reducing our digital and ICT impacts.
As a values-driven organisation, Julie’s Bicycle is also committed to ensuring staff wellbeing, notably by providing a safe, open and co-operative working environment, professional development and training opportunities, good terms and conditions of employment and a unique cultural entitlement scheme.
In the event that Julie’s Bicycle opts for carbon offsetting its unavoidable emissions, in particular from business travel, we are committed to using best practice carbon offsetting schemes or other best practice alternatives such as carbon retirement.
We are committed to working with our Board, senior management, staff, suppliers, funders and our external stakeholders to ensure we understand and communicate the environmental impacts of our activities. We will produce an annual report on our environmental performance and progress, and make this available both internally and externally.
This policy is reviewed on an annual basis by our board, and updated as and when necessary. The policy is supported by an Environmental Action Plan. The action plan is informed by our environmental monitoring and measurement, and feedback from engaging with our internal and external stakeholders. It is reviewed and updated on an annual basis, and approved by management.
Signed: Tony Wadsworth, Chairman, Julie’s Bicycle
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