Sustainability

Our Goal

Our goal is to become as sustainable a company as possible, so we’ve been taking a hard look at ourselves and where we can do better.

We’re focusing on our business, members and our people by doing good through reusable bags, nurturing our planet and reducing waste.

Working with our suppliers to reduce waste in packaging and using sustainably sourced products when available.

Join us as we do our part to create a better future for our home - Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Introduction

Sustainability is a word that is used often yet means different things to different people. This Sustainability Policy seeks to clarify what Redpaths means by the term “sustainability”. This will enable Redpaths policies and strategies to adopt a consistent point of reference for the term and for the related concepts and principles to be incorporated with more consistency into Redpaths activi­ties and decision-making.

Policy Aim

This policy aims to embed sustainability into Redpathsand its’ members. To help make sustainability “the way we do things around here”, by recycling and reducing waste going to landfill.

Context

The policy forms an important part of Redpaths commitment to sustain­ability. It has been designed to capture both the moral and legal responsibilities for making decisions on behalf of, and in the best interests of, present and future generations. Democratic governance, therefore, encompasses key elements of sustainability such as stewardship for the community and for the environment on which it depends.

The Four “Well-Beings”

Redpaths recognizes that all four well-beings: social, cultural, economic and envi­ronmental wellbeing, must be considered and integrated when thinking about sus­tainability. It is also important to be aware of the fundamental relationships between these well-beings. These relationships are expressed in the figures below, where the earth (or our environment) sustains all life. A subset of that life is our society, which includes our various cultures and beliefs. A subset of our society is our economy. These elements are often referred to as Planet/Place, People and Prosperity.

This model demonstrates that our prosper­ity, culture and society are all underpinned by the life-supporting capacity of the environment. It also demonstrates that our economy is a creation of our social system. It is a tool, purposefully designed and controlled to aid human development, it is not an end in itself.

The Pathway Towards Sustainability

Redpaths recognises that sustainability is a journey, not a destination. It is not a point that is reached but a process of continual improvement, where soci­ety adapts and responds to changes over time, in a way that recognises the fundamental relationships of the four well-beings.

Sustainability Definition

A dynamic process of continual improve­ment that enables all people, not and in the future, to have quality of life, in ways that protect and enhance the Earth’s life supporting systems.

This definition of sustainability contains three integral parts:

  1. The Earth’s life supporting systems
  2. Quality of life
  3. The process of continual improve­ment

Policy Goals:

Efficient:

  • Products and services use significantly less resources (energy, water and materials) to achieve their benefits.
  • Use efficient computers, vehicles & buildings. Choose durable quality over disposable quantity.

Cyclic:

  • Reduce the use of materials and sub­stances and reuse them, where possible. Ultimately, all things must either be recycled or composted. Zero solid, liquid and gaseous waste.
  • Paperless offices. Choose recyclable items, made from recyclable materials.

Solar:

  • The extraction or harvest, processing, distribution, use and reuse of goods and services is powered entirely from renewable sources. Our society uses no fossil fuels and is carbon neutral.
  • Reduce air travel, video confer­ence, work from home, turn off computers & lights. Measure our carbon footprint & offset unavoidable emissions.

Safe:

  • All releases into the air, water and soil are non-toxic. . People have access to healthy lifestyles and food.
  • Choose environmentally certified products. Volunteer work within the community.

Social:

  • The Policy defines human needs as subsis­tence, security, freedom, understanding, identity, affection and leisure. If any one of these needs are not met for any individual, then the society is not being sustainable.
  • Choose socially responsible products. Promote individual freedoms and support our staff.