At Skillnet Group we are very aware of how our actions can impact the environment around us therefore we have decided to implement this Ethical and Environmental Policy to ensure that we are an "Ethical Company".
The importance of valuing and respecting each other does not stop at national boundaries. We respect people from all countries and ethnic backgrounds.
We try to make sure that our practices do not have a bad effect on people who live around us and in other countries.
We also aim to make sure that what we do does not harm the environment both in our local areas and across the world.
Skillnet Group is a small organisation with a limited amount of money but we still feel that we can (and have a responsibility to) make a difference. This is by making sure we spend our money in a responsible way as well as raising awareness of global / humanitarian / environmental issues in our local communities.
We believe in making changes and challenging things that are wrong. We will do this in a peaceful way and support other organisations that work in a peaceful way.
We will take into account the following issues in all our practices and spending and aim to source all our components from suppliers. These factors form the basis of this policy:
The following outlines the minimum standards expected by all our staff and employees:
Wherever possible Skillnet Group will recycle the following items
Whenever possible Skillnet Group will buy paper:
We will also do our best to reduce paper waste by printing on both sides of paper and using electronic communication wherever possible.
Buying other consumables:
· Are recycled and recyclable. (Or re-chargeable – for example, batteries).
· Are biodegradable. This means that they rot or degrade.
· Are environmentally friendly – containing non-hazardous substances?
· Have minimal packaging – e.g. plastic wrappers and card.
· Are not produced using genetic modifications, intensive farming methods and unethical/environmentally damaging practices?
· Are not tested on animals (Preferably displaying the BUAV Approved symbol).
· Are produced locally (to minimize the environmental impact of being transported for long distances).
· Are produced according to Fair-Trade (Display the FAIRTRADE Mark) and Ethical Trading criteria (Sound Sourcing). This includes tea/coffee/sugar/other refreshments bought for use on Sea Dragon Design sites and for meetings etc.
· Are produced by companies that meet our ethical / environmental criteria (as outlined in Core Beliefs above).
We wish to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of travelling that we do. We aim to do this by:
· To reduce reliance on cars (or other motor vehicles) through the reduction in the length and number of these journeys, in particular, journeys where there is just one person in the car.
· To promote the use of alternative means of travel which are more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
· To reduce emissions and encourage the purchase of energy efficient vehicles.
· To encourage work practices which reduce the need to travel.
We aim to do this by promoting alternatives to car (particularly where people do not share car journeys) and plane travel:
· We will provide information regarding local public transport to anyone requesting it.
· We will be understanding of people arriving late because of bus/train delays (and will take into account times of public transport when arranging meetings).
Audio and video Conferencing:
We maximise the use of e-mail and voice mail. We also use conferencing calling (more than 2 people speaking on a phone call at a time). We and are currently looking into the possibility of using audio/video conferencing for some meetings/communications.
There are many ways in which both water use and costs can be reduced. We will make sure that we:
· Fill kettles with enough water for our needs but not to the brim. This will reduce our fuel bills too.
· Use less water by turning the hot tap down, rather than the cold tap up, if we need cooler water.
· Use a plug in the sink and a bowl of water to wash cups and plates rather than washing under the tap over a plughole.
“It is vital that we reduce the amount of energy we consume, both in order to cut down on associated pollution and conserve the world’s natural resources and habitats.” (Friends of the Earth)
Skillnet Group will:
· Switch off lights, computers, photocopiers and other electrical equipment at night. When not in use, enable energy-saving features on all computers and copiers.
· Ensure that lights and non-essential equipment are turned off when not in use.
· Use energy-efficient light bulbs where possible.
· Put the monitor to sleep rather than use screen savers, they often consume more energy.
· Consider energy-efficiency when purchasing new equipment. Give preference to equipment with low power stand-by or sleep features.
· Make sure external doors and windows are draught-proofed where possible.
· Maintain our heating systems regularly.
· Insulate pipe work and hot water tanks where possible.
We will not undertake work for companies that are considered to be against our core beliefs.
We will not seek funding from companies or organisations that do not meet our ethical/environmental