As an organisation that has declared Climate and Nature Emergency, we believe the most important thing for us to do is to win and facilitate decisive action to tackle dangerous climate change and restore nature, and for this to be achieved through a just transition.
However, it is also important that we 'walk our talk'. As an organisation, Sustain is deeply committed to ensuring that we adopt and promote responsible policies and practices on the issues we care about. Our staff are equally committed, and many are also leading lights on important issues and campaigns. So Sustain is also committed to listening, learning and developing our approach over time.
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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We also promote the uptake of Food for Life Served Here healthy and sustainable catering standard run by the Soil Association, and the work of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Sustain as a Fairtrade Workplace
Sustain is registered as a Fairtrade workplace, committed to buying Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, fruit and other products, and to promoting Fairtrade products for events and meetings.
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 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, whilst also promoting this scheme to local authorities via our Beyond the Food Bank reports.
Making time for climate, nature and social justice (volunteering policy)
Sustain has adopted a system of ‘volunteering days’ for staff to take a day out of the office, to participate in some form of climate, nature or social justice activity. The purpose is to support Sustain staff taking part in climate, nature and social justice activities that develop knowledge, skills, sense of agency, diversity of experience and thoughtful connections.
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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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Other publicly available policies published by Sustain are on our Good Governance page.
Climate change and nature: Sustain has taken a keen interest in the rapidly accumulating evidence about the effect of food and farming on climate change and nature, as scientific evidence emerges that our food system is a very significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss.
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