Flatfish Ltd is a responsible business and we are therefore committed to minimising our impact on the environment and promoting good environmental practice. We aim to achieve continuous improvement in our environmental management and performance, to prevent pollution and to become a more sustainable business.
Like all businesses, we are reliant on a range of natural resources to carry out our operations and produce the food and other products we sell. We recognise that there are limits to these resources and that, as a sustainable business, we need to operate within those limits. And in line with our Flatfish values and principles, we also have an obligation to protect the environment on which we all depend. This is why we are working to combat climate change; taking a sustainable approach to waste management; and minimising our use of resources across our business, guided by our sustainable development policy.
Our main environmental impacts come from our use of water, production of waste and from the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy, fuel use in our buildings and transport/distribution fleet.
We plan to continue with initiatives that reduce carbon, reduce our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs. In particular, Flatfish will:
- Comply with the law and regulatory requirements, as a minimum and anticipate forthcoming new regulations / good practice in all our product and our property.
- Promote recycling and the use of recycled materials.
- Minimise waste and the use of resources across the business, wherever possible.
- Measure the most significant environmental impacts of the business and where sensible set realistic targets for improvement.
- Ensure that the implications for the environment are taken into consideration with business decisions.
- Encourage employees to be aware of their own environmental responsibilities at work.
- Encourage business partners to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and, where appropriate, make this a condition of any business partnership.
- Monitor progress and report on environmental performance.
- Conduct effective dialogue on environmental matters with stakeholders and other interested parties, as appropriate.
- Review this policy regularly.
- Reduce risks from environmental, health or safety hazards for employees and others in the locale of our operations.
- Minimise the disturbance to the local environment and to the quality of life of the local community.
Flatfish Ltd seeks to deliver value to its stakeholders in an ecologically sustainable and socially responsible manner. Flatfish recognises the need to manage and develop its businesses in a sustainable manner – i.e., business development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
We will seek to be transparent and accountable in our pursuit of sustainable development: reporting on progress (or the lack of it), securing independent verification and setting clear priorities and targets for all material activities.
We recognise that there are physical limits to the resources of the Earth (both in terms of generating materials and absorbing wastes), and that any business activity that exceeds these limits is, by definition, unsustainable in the long term and will need to be reconstituted. Nature cannot withstand a progressive build-up of waste derived from the Earth’s crust, nor can it withstand a progressive build-up of society’s waste, particularly substances that cannot degrade into harmless materials. In addition, the productive area of Nature should not be diminished in terms of quality (diversity) or quantity (volume) and must be enabled to grow. These we recognise as the minimum conditions for ecological sustainability.
There are ethical components of sustainable development for which business should be accountable. These extend far beyond legislative compliance. Unlike for ecological sustainability, there exists much less consensus as to what constitutes socially responsible business practice. Therefore, when considering such matters, Flatfish will undertake stakeholder dialogue and be guided by the views arising, particularly those of members and customers, given their vital roles in governance and economic viability, respectively. More broadly, Flatfish will be guided by the long-established Flatfish values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, along with the pursuit of legislative compliance