Ethical values and green issues are always at the forefront of our minds and over the last 20 years the Society has implemented initiatives both to save energy and to reduce the organisation’s impact on the environment.
Communication and service
To create a spirit of openness we strive to communicate clearly with all interested parties and accept constructive criticism from members and all those with an interest in the Society. We value individual differences and listen to people’s needs making all reasonable efforts to monitor and improve satisfaction on an ongoing basis. We take steps to identify areas where there might be conflicts of interest and take appropriate action to minimise them. We seek to protect the private information of members, employees and other parties.
Governance and ethical banking
As a not for profit organisation we comply with all environmental legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the industry we operate in. When considering banking arrangements, the Society considers the relevant institutions’ ethical policies in conjunction with the services being offered.
We recognise that our activities have an impact on the environment in terms of the use of raw materials, emissions to air and water, and waste generation, and seek to minimise this as far as is reasonably practicable. In this respect Board and committee meetings are often telephone conferences to avoid the need for travel; we use public transport and lift share whenever possible.
Paper is always an issue and we use recycled paper where possible. We also send and receive the majority of documents electronically in order to save paper and postage costs. Confidential documents are shredded and then recycled, along with all used paper and cardboard. Envelopes are reused when possible and terry towels are used rather than paper towels. When packing up goods sold through Tradco, we re-use cardboard boxes we have had goods delivered in and also re-use packaging as much as possible. We also recycle our printer cartridges.
Playing our part
At the office we use environmentally friendly cleaning materials and source ethical suppliers wherever possible.
Our IT equipment is well maintained and lasts for many years but when we do have an old computer we no longer need our IT consultant ensures the hard drive is completely wiped and we then pass them on to schools or charitable organisations.
Computers are individually scheduled to back up and then close down at the end of the day and then power up a few minutes before the staff member starts work the next day. All computers are scheduled to close down over the weekend. Other printers and the photocopier are only switched on when required.
Plants are an important part of the office environment and we choose them to help absorb toxins and emissions from the IT equipment.
Staff are encouraged to save power which obviously saves money as well as helping in reducing carbon emissions – thermostats ensure the heating is not set too high and lights are switched off in rooms not in use.
The Society works collaboratively with the 4Homeopathy group which brings together the UK’s largest homeopathic bodies to work together for the good of homeopathy. Collectively they are making great progress and have launched many new projects since their inception.
We help to promote a number of different homeopathic charities: Homeopathy Action Trust, Homeopathy for Health in Africa, Homeopathy Research Institute, Travelling Homoeopaths Collective, The Maun Homeopathy Project and the Ghana Homeopathy Project.