Ethical & Environmental Statement

1.0 Company profile
The Company's roots are in the health food pioneering days of the 1970's when independent health food stores began to become popular. The Company was set up along 'cooperative' lines originally as a retailer and subsequently as a wholesaler supplying top quality produce to the Health Food Trade. The business is still independent and owned by a Trust to which employees belong giving the employees effective ownership of the business and the ultimate say in its affairs and use of its profits.

The Company's main objectives are:
1 To trade profitably so as to fund the growth of the business.
2 To be a source of stable employment for Trust members and to provide sheltered employment for the socially disadvantaged in selected situations.
3 To produce profit for donation to charities at the discretion of the Trust.
4 To trade in and promote wholefoods and eco-friendly products.
5 To conduct its business in an environmentally sustainable way.

2.0 Staffing
2.1 Each member of staff receives the same salary regardless of position or years of service.
2.2 Goodness Foods operate an equal opportunities policy. Positions are open to being filled by persons regardless of race, sex or disability.
2.3 Through membership of the owning Trust, to which the majority of the staff belong, staff have ownership of the business.
2.4 Goodness Foods encourages further personal development in either education and or life-skills.
2.5 Staff are encouraged to contribute to the well-being of the company and the environment.
2.6 Staff are released on full pay to do charitable work for up to 10% of their working time.
2.7 We financially and practically support a number of Charitable Trusts which work amongst the poor and disadvantaged in our cities and towns.
2.8 All our dealings with other businesses, institutions or the general public will be conducted in a
professional, unbiassed manner.
2.9 Management have an "open door" policy. Staff are encouraged to make constructive business and ethical suggestions and are free to be critical about our business practice or ethics without any threat of them losing their job.

3.0 Ethical policy
Goodness Foods will provide its customers with ethical and environmentally friendly products. This is achieved by implementing the following policies:
3.1 Where possible we will buy all of our products and services from companies who themselves are actively pursuing ethical and/or environmental ideals. We will continue to increase the number of Fair Trade lines we stock.
3.2 We are Soil Association accredited.

3.3 We are actively seeking to increase the level of sales of organically grown produce. Organic produce receives priority over the equivalent non-organic alternative.
3.4 We will not knowingly sell any product where the product itself or any of its constituents may have been tested on animals.
3.5 We will not sell products containing GMO's.
3.6 We will not knowingly sell any product which has been treated by irradiation.
3.7 We avoid any product containing Aspartame.
3.8 We stock energy saving, environment-friendly products preferably packaged in recycled packaging materials.

4.0 Environmental Policy
4.1 Goodness Foods will consider all of its activities in the light of their environmental impact. Our principle is based on "cradle to grave" where a product or process is evaluated on its total environmental impact rather then on just the impact of the unit as traded by Goodness Foods.
4.2 No ozone depleting substances on their own or as part of a traded unit will be knowingly bought or sold.
4.3 Functionality of packaging of all products will be assessed. We will work with customers and suppliers on the most environmental friendly way of delivering their produce. Excessive and wasteful packaging will be avoided. Where possible multi-functionality will be developed for the packaging such as for example the dual use of an outer carton as both transit and display case.
4.4 Goodness Foods supports the use of biodegradable and or recyclable products.
4.5 We recycle cardboard (approx 35tonnes pa), plastic (approx 10 tonnes pa), paper (approx 1 tonne pa) and glass (amount varies). Other goods, such as redundant electrical material will be taken to appropriate recycling points.

5.0 Transport
5.1 Where possible we will buy our products locally in order to reduce food miles.
5.2 Lorries are fitted with air management kits to reduce fuel use and environmental impact.
5.3 Fuel economy details are gathered and used to monitor drivers' driving performance.
5.4 Staff are encouraged to share transport to get to and from work (our 60 or so staff arrive in less than 25 vehicles).

6.0 Policy implementation
6.1 We encourage dialogue between Ourselves, Suppliers and Customers on ethics, environment and products.
6.2 Copies of this document are included in our staff handbooks.
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