Ethics and Values

how we do business

Reducing our environmental impact

last audited October 2020

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zero emissions from travel

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100% renewable energy use

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creating habitats for wildlife

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eco-friendly, locally sourced supplies

What we already do
  • Zero emissions from travel
    • In 2020 we purchased an electric company vehicle, powered by 100% renewable energy (supplied by Ecotricity).
    • In 2020 we purchased a company bike. We walk or cycle to clients within a mile of our studio.
  • Zero emissions from our office
    • Our electricity has come from the UK's greenest renewable energy supplier (Ecotricity) since we started the business in 2014.
    • No fossil fuels are used in our studio for heating or power.
  • Zero emissions from our data centre
    • We use the 1st carbon neutral hosting company in the UK, certified to PAS 2060, who use hydropower renewable energy schemes to displace any fossil-fuel-generated electricity used in their Manchester data centre.
  • Minimal pollution
  • Recycling
    • All paper and card is composted on-site or recycled.
    • Any electrical equipment is sent for recycling at the end of its life.
    • All batteries are recycled. Where possible we use rechargeable batteries (which themselves are made from recycled batteries), bought from Harry Garlick in Barnoldswick.
  • Campaigning and activism
    • Our phone bills are used to invest in biodiversity restoration (via Ecotalk).
    • We support environmental organisations including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion, Ethical Consumer, the Green Party and the National Trust.
    • In 2020 we created new organic wildlife habitats next to our studio, including wild flowers, flowering trees, wildlife pond and more biodiverse grassland.
We aim to
  • Source sustainable furniture from 2020 onwards
  • Zero landfill from 2020 onwards. Where we have to buy non-recyclable materials (eg plastic film packaging), we will return them to the retailer.
  • Support our data centre in Manchester in their move from carbon offsetting to direct renewable energy sourcing.

Community

What we already do
  • Volunteering: daily litter picks in Valley Gardens park and woodland. We aim to collect 1 bag of litter each day from Stock Beck and the surrounding parkland and streets to reduce the amount of plastic washed into the sea. Over 5,000 pieces of litter will be collected during 2020.
  • Volunteering: we donate at least 100 hours of staff time each year to Gisburn Road Community Primary School as members of the Governing Board.
  • We have run a website club for local school children interested in developing their computing and creative skills.
  • Provide our skillset to local community groups across Craven.
  • We provide free consultations to local businesses, self-employed startups and organisations.
  • Over the last 5 years we have provided work experience opportunities.
  • We have sponsored local causes and community sports teams.
We aim to
  • Establish a local business network and encourage clients to support each other.
  • Invest in staff development, including distance learning courses in 2020.

Transparency and finance

last audited October 2019

What we already do
  • Client deposits, advance payments and overpayments are kept separate until the job is completed (or the funds returned).
  • Pay our taxes on time and in full.
  • Pay supplier bills within 1 day of receipt
  • Our gender pay gap is zero (pay is exactly equal).
  • Have a pay ceiling of double the national average salary - no-one is paid more than this amount in salary and dividends.
  • This year's employee salary amount is £12,500 with an anticipated dividend of £0.
We aim to
  • Bank with an ethical bank by 2021.

Law and privacy

last audited October 2020

What we already do
  • We do not tie our clients into long-term contracts - they are free to move away if they are not happy with our service.
  • We do not impede or charge for the process of clients moving away from our services, should they choose to leave.
  • We do not use spam to advertise our services.
  • We protect privacy (encouraging clients to avoid using intrusive third party tracking services, eg facebook pixels).
We aim to
  • Review our clients' use of Google analytics and mapping services by the end of 2020

Data and security

last audited October 2019

What we already do
  • We only use UK- and EU-based data centres and suppliers who are compliant with GDPR.
  • Choose suppliers who provide local jobs in the UK. We recently moved data centres from Hertfordshire to Manchester after our previous host was bought out by an international conglomerate that offshored support staff to centres outside the UK.
We aim to
  • Help clients evaluate their data security needs

Trust and relationships

What we already do
  • Invest ourselves in everything we do
  • Try our best to understand and support our clients
  • Be accessible to clients for face-to-face meetings.
  • We do not build websites with planned obsolescence.
  • Use suppliers who share our values.
  • We don't work with companies or individuals involved in gambling, weapons, war or exploitation.
We aim to
  • Improve our remote assistance service in 2020 so that we can help clients directly without the need to travel, should they wish.

Wellbeing

What we already do
  • We work family-friendly hours
  • We set aside work-free time to be present with our family
  • We set aside strict no-work holidays so that our chldren do not have to compete with emails and phone calls for their parents' attention.
  • We take screen breaks to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Our new offices provide lots of sunlight, with outdoor space to take regular breaks from computer screens.
  • Supervision with a qualified therapist.
We aim to
  • Reduce addiction-inducing use of apps for busines use.