A healthy and prosperous Word Garden HQ is a false economy, if it does not come hand-in-hand with a healthy and prosperous natural environment.
I’ve translated this into two ambitions.
First – I want Word Garden operations as a business entity, to have as little negative impact on the Earth as possible.
Second – I want those operations as a business entity to go one step further, and make a positive contribution to the environment.
In order to achieve these ambitions, I am committed to developing an environmental policy that I aim to evolve and refine during the lifetime of the operations of my company.
These are early days, and Word Garden HQ is small and humble – but I’d like to think the Oaths to Earth are mighty and ambitious.
Oaths to the Earth
When we eat as a company, we eat meat-free.
Whether it’s entertaining clients, nibbling while networking, or dining while on training – WGHQ staff will eat their greens with a smile!
When we travel as a company, we travel as light as we can.
If we can make a meeting on foot or by bycicle, we will. If time is of the essence, we’ll take light rail, or public transport.
If we are travelling further afield, we will do our best to avoid doing so by air (unless we learn to paraglide or befriend a giant Owl).
We’re pretty small-fry right now – but if the need ever arises to fly long-haul as a company, we will always click that ‘carbon-offset’ button.
Word Garden HQ is a humble patch. We don’t yet have our own premesis, and don’t choose the energy provider to the site. If the Garden ever grows up, and secures it’s own neck of the woods – our power will come from 100% renewable sources.
When we settle on a company uniform, we will only buy it from certified B Corp labels.
Similarly, if we can find certified B Corp suppliers of stationary, tech or other business needs and services – that’s exactly who we will buy from.
Thankfully we don’t buy a huge amount of stuff. When we do, it tends to be a re-usable asset. Other than that, it’s scribbling paper and pens. Paper is easy. Scrap can be cut into glue-free post-its, and after that – cut into strips for parcel nests.
Pens are a weird one, and we are open to suggestions about the best way forward with pen purchasing and re-purposing decisions.
We want our oath to go further than limiting our impact. The Word Garden also aims to contribute to efforts to rehabilitate our natrual environment. As a company, we will look to be the change we want to see in a number of ways:
– We will gift every member of staff with a refillable water bottle, and a re-usable bag (if they don’t already have them) – to support a reduction in single-use plastics.
– We will look to partner with and donate to charities that exist to repair and enrich our natural environment.
– Our Oath to the Earth is a real and serious priority for the Word Garden. As such, our environmental strategy will always find a place on meeting agendas. This timeslot will act as a forum to suggest, motion and pass any future commitments as part of ongoing efforts to enhance our Oath to the Earth.
– We will always welcome and consider fact-based suggestions from the community, as to how we can improve our part in the stewardship of our planet and its ecology.
– If company resources and success permit, then Word Garden HQ aim to have B Corp Certification by December 2020.
– If company resources permit, we will be carbon neutral-certified by 2030.