We are extremely conscious of the footprint that we leave on our environment and on society in the operation of our business and we have been focusing on how we can minimise our impact in our day-to-day activities. To support us in this objective we have decided to pursue B Corporation certification.
B Corp Certification
B Corp Certification is unique because it measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. From supply chain and input materials to charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification verifies that a business is meeting high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
In the course of day-to-day business we distribute customer orders all around the world, to the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada – in fact we have sent orders to 79 different countries in the past 12 months. We therefore have to use a car every day to despatch orders via courier drop-off points and post offices.
We have invested in an electric vehicle to assist us in our distribution of orders and we use a renewable energy tariff in our home electricity supply to recharge the car. We also have the option to request couriers to collect customer orders from our office so we have also implemented a decision to request this service only when absolutely necessary.
Our aim has long been to eliminate plastics and other non-recyclable materials from our supply chain. We only package customer orders in cardboard boxes or paper-based envelopes (both made from recycled materials if we can get them). Our packaging inside the boxes/envelopes is principally paper based and we prioritise the use of all recyclable materials that come to us resulting from the wholesale ordering of the books we sell. We will also re-use soluble polyfoam tablets when we receive them.