Good governance: Sustain's policies
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming runs a number of projects and campaigns that work to persuade the public and private sectors to change their policies and practices, so that they underpin, rather than undermine, sustainable development. As such, it is incumbent upon us, both as an organisation and as part of the Third Sector, to 'walk the talk' and also make sure our own policies and practices contribute to ethical practices and sustainable development.
We promote healthy and sustainably produced food, available to all, and campaign for government and industry policies and practices to support sustainable farming and fishing. Several of Sustain's member organisations demonstrate that sustainable food is an economically and technically viable choice, which provides many benefits for food quality, health, social relationships and the environment. Several of Sustain's projects aim to ensure that sustainable food becomes embedded into mainstream markets, such as routine purchasing decisions of supermarkets, neighbourhood food retailers and public-sector catering, such as schools and hospitals.
We are always renewing the process of greening our working practices by, for example, reducing our energy use, increasing our recycling rates and ensuring that our travel arrangements are as low carbon as possible. It is also part of a process of working with Sustain's members, which we hope will lead to greater understanding of the issues, and continuous reductions in the impact of the way we work on the environment as a whole, and on climate change in particular.
Click on the links below to view our written policies on health, sustainability and the good governance of the Sustain alliance. More will be added as they are developed by the staff team and trustees, and all comments and suggestions are most welcome.
Healthy and sustainable food policies
Sustain's Model Catering Policy, for communicating sustainable food guidelines simply to caterers providing food for our staff and guests at events, venues and meetings
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See also: What is sustainable food? - Sustain's working definition for good food that is produced, processed, distributed and disposed of in ways that are healthy, ethical and sustainable.
Sustain's policy on Greener Travel
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Sustain's policy on Greener Housekeeping
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Sustain's policy on Ethical Funding
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Sustain is also registered with the Fundraising Regulator and commits to an ethical approach to fundraising by means of our Fundraising Promise.
Sustain's policy on Equal Opportunities
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Sustain's interim Diversity Statement, May 2018
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Sustain's policy on Conflicts of Interest
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Sustain's policy on Bullying and Harassment
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Sustain's policy on Pay Ratios
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Sustain's policy on Whistleblowing
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Sustain is also an accredited Living Wage Employer, guaranteeing to pay at or above the Living Wage (nationally) or London Living Wage (in London), as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation
Additional good governance policies
Sustain's policy and procedure for dealing with Complaints
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Sustain's policy on Safeguarding (working with children and vulnerable adults)
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Sustain's policy on Health & Safety
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Sustain's policy on Anti-Bribery, Fraud and Corruption
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You can read Sustain's policy on Data Protection and Privacy at: www.sustainweb.org/home/privacy/