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We have a set of standards that members are asked to look through.  To achieve Gold Membership, 50% or more must be achieved.  To achieve Platinum Membership, 80% or more must be achieved.

The standards are as follows - 

Ethical Business Association
1. Joining the Ethical Business Association as a business
2. Having at least 5 staff (or 50% of staff), whichever is the lower, as individual members
3. Promoting the Ethical Business Association to suppliers
4. Linking to the Ethical Business Association on your website

Environmental - Energy Efficiency
5. To purchase 'Green' energy from your energy supplier
6. To directly generate some of your own energy from renewable sources or give money to a good cause for the purpose of doing so themselves
7. To zone your building space to ensure efficient use of heating/air conditioning or take other steps to use heating and/or air conditioning more efficiently
8. To take whatever steps are practical to insulate buildings (choosing biodegradable and environmentally sound materials)
9. To operate heating and air conditioning so their use is minimised when no one is working
10. To train staff in energy efficiency measures
11. To appoint energy champions to look for efficiency savings and adherance to best practice
12. To use computers and electronic equipment efficiently with energy saving devices
13. Purchasing new appliances with Energy Star ratings
14. Switching to energy efficient light bulbs for every appliance and fitting where such bulbs are available
15. To take other tangible energy saving measures or use additional equipment to optimise energy efficiency

Environmental - Pollution
16. To use eco or non-toxic bathroom products
17. To use an ethical printer for printed materials and to minimise printing and explore e-publications as much as practical
18. To have no fines or successful prosecutions against the company in the past 2 years for pollution-related offences

Environment - Recycling and Waste
19. To subscribe to a printer cartridge and mobile phone recycling scheme for a good cause
20. To recycle all recyclable paper from the office
21. To purchase recycled paper for at least 50% of your work
22. To purchase entirely recycled paper
23. To purchase recycled toilet paper
24. To use either recycled hand towels, cloth towels or lower energy high speed air dryers in washrooms
25. To recycle all plastics from offices
26. To recycle all glass from offices
27. To recycle all aluminium and other cans from offices
28. To have a policy for staff to only print emails when absolutely necessary (and to define this)
29. To avoid disposable items in canteen areas
30. To have a battery recycling system in place
31. To ensure any wooden furniture is from second hand sources or a sustainably managed forest
32. To send emails with a donation to charity instead of corporate Xmas cards
33. To dispose of old electrical equipment in an environmentally sensitive way e.g. donation to charity, recycling, etc
34. To ask suppliers to invoice electronically
35. To pay bills electronically rather than by cheque and post
36. To have a policy or statement on reducing food waste in the workplace (taking steps such as donating food waste to animal shelters)
37. Take steps to reduce unnecessary packaging e.g. by incentivising customers to bring their own bags, etc
38. To purchase items that have a longer life expectancy rather than short-term cheaper options
39. To always consider repair before an item is thrown away or recycled and replaced

Environment - Travel
40. To have a travel policy encouraging staff to consider greener transport to and from work
41. To encourage staff on work journeys to use public transport or car sharing wherever practical
42. To minimise air travel and only consider it where other transport is not possible
43. Where air travel is used, to pay carbon offsetting charge where offered
44. To encourage some home based working where practical
45. To encourage virtual meetings where staff would travel to attend
46. To offer secure cycle storage or other measures to encourage staff to cycle to work
47. To support or hold specific initiatives each year to encourage greener travel in staff or customers e.g. hold a car free day
48. To allow as an employee option where practical employees to work longer hours on less days to reduce travel
49. To raise the issue of green travel with suppliers and take this into account in purchasing decisions
50. To make sure staff social occasions take place at locations well served by public transport

Animal and Human Welfare
51. To have vegetarian options in canteen/food areas
52. To have vegan options in canteen/food areas
53. To have organic options in canteen/food areas
54. To have options in canteen/food areas suitable for people of all religious faiths
55. To have no suppliers involved in child exploitation
56. To have no suppliers who fund animal testing
57. To have no suppliers directly involved with the arms trade
58. Where pest control is required, to explore humane pest control companies first e.g. Picas
59. To boycott factory farming produce from suppliers
60. To have no foie gras, veal or other intensely cruel food at any corporate function
61. To have at least 50% of produce fair trade where a fair trade option is available
62. Not to work with charities who fund animal testing (there are many non-animal testing medical charities now)
63. To have no links to whaling, hunting or bull fighting and to avoid suppliers who engage or support such activities

Boycott Situation
64. To have no current boycotts called against the organisation

Equal Opportunities
65. To have a robust equal opportunities policy that is strongly reinforced in recruitment and selection of staff, as well as training and work placement opportunities
66. To train staff in key issues
67. To include in such policies and training, specific statements of support for equality for women
68. To include in such policies and training, specific statements of support for equality for disabled people
69. To include in such policies and training, specific statements of support for equality for the BME community
70. To include in such policies and training, specific statements of support for equality for those of all ages
71. To include in such policies and training, specific statements of support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and celibate people
72. To include in such policies and training, specific statements of support for equality for people of all beliefs

Openness and Staff Welfare
73. To be open and honest in all staff communications, appraisals and reviews
74. To have easy to understand contracts that avoid jargon and are not open to misinterpretation but quantify the expectations on employees in detail
75. To allow plants where no health and safety or other consideration would prevent it
76. To support employees in healthy activities in some way e.g. encouraging healthy eating; give up smoking schemes, exercise encouragement
77. To invest in staff training with each staff member having opportunity to access some new training each year
78. To have a means whereby staff can make new suggestions for Ethical Improvement
79. To have an anti-bullying policy at work

Community Involvement
80. To encourage employee volunteering
81. To match fund some employee fundraising
82. To link to local charities or other ethical organisations on your website
83. To make some donations to charities in cash or in kind
84. To operate a payroll giving scheme for staff
85. To encourage and enable staff to participate in other activities that help society e.g. giving blood
86. To offer training or skills development opportunities to those with no qualifications or with mental health or handicap issues to give work experience
87. To support a particular ethical initiative, Human Rights, Animal Welfare or Green campaign

Corporate Investment and Responsibility
88. To have no investments in the arms trade
89. To have no investments in companies using child labour
90. To have no investments in companies carrying out or funding animal testing
91. To have no investments in oppressive regimes where human rights (democracy, equal rights, etc) are threatened or reduced
92. To give 1% of profits or more to good causes

Ethical Marketing
93. Not to undertake Greenwash, the practice of attempting to put a false green sheen when there is no substance to it
94. Not to use shills (or plants) as part of your marketing strategy
95. To avoid bait-and-switch tactics (offering an exceptional deal but when someone enquires, it is unavailable and only a substitute is, which is not such a good deal)
96. To avoid price fixing with other organisations
97. To have a policy on timely payment of suppliers

98. To promote ethical issues to customers where practical
99. To have a robust customer satisfaction policy

Exceptional Initiative
100. To take an exceptional initiative in any of the above areas, going well beyond standard practice in this area

We will make special mention of members who undertake exceptional initiatives in our ethical directory and news sections, and will also, from time to time, work with members in press activity to highlight these initiatives.


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