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ethical policy

This Ethical Policy serves as a guideline for all of our business practices. Decisions on whether an organisation meets our ethical standards are taken on an individual basis and based on information from recognised sources and input from our current clients.

We actively seek to work with and support organisations in the charity and not-for-profit sector that we believe benefit society. These include businesses and organizations which promote:

Society and Government:

  • social inclusion, anti-discrimination and community tolerance
  • education and personal development
  • support music and the arts
  • overseas development
  • freedom of information and open government
  • health and welfare

Corporate and business ethics:

  • fair trade
  • labour rights both in their own operations and in other organizations
  • co-operatives
  • credit unions
  • community finance initiatives

The environment

  • recycling and sustainable waste management
  • renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • the use and production of sustainable products and services
  • research and the pursuit of ecological sustainability
  • the development of alternatives to animal experimentation
  • farming methods which promote animal welfare

We will not provide support or work with organizations we consider to have a unethical approach. Examples of these include:

Society and Government:

  • businesses or organisations which fail to uphold basic human rights within their sphere of influence
  • businesses or organisations with links to an oppressive regime

Corporate and labour:

Businesses or organisations involved in:
  • the manufacture or transfer of armaments
  • the manufacture of equipment that is used in the violation of human rights
  • irresponsible marketing practices including inappropriate marketing to children
  • tobacco product manufacture
  • currency speculation or inappropriate financial trading methods
  • uncontrolled release of GMOs into the environment
  • promoting technologies with negative impacts on developing countries
  • unethical patenting - in particular, of indigenous knowledge

Ecological Impact

Businesses or organisations involved in:
  • global climate change, through the extraction or production of fossil fuels
  • the manufacture of chemicals which are persistent in the environment and linked to long term health concerns
  • the unsustainable harvest of natural resources
  • animal testing of cosmetic or household products or ingredients
  • intensive farming methods
  • blood sports
  • the fur trade
Last revised 24thJune 2004.