We are a purpose-driven company and are proud
to be a certified B Corp
The B Corp movement encourages companies to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world – Resource Futures is committed to this through our articles of association where we are mission locked to legally prioritise environmental and social impact.
We gained our first certification in 2016, with a score of 104.2 and have now re-accredited with an increased impact score of 117.6. We remain committed to continuous improvement and use this framework as an important way to push for best practice and to help tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.
Read our Impact Report for 2019-20 to find out how we have contributed to tackling waste and building a more resource efficient, sustainable world.
How we approach our work
We strive to embed our ethics into everything we do and feel that the way we approach our work is an important way to influence our staff and clients in having a positive impact:
We commit to high standards: We ensure rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency through our ISO 14001 certification and maintain an ongoing commitment to minimise our environmental impacts. Our Integrated Management System (IMS) ensures we achieve the highest quality and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
- Environmental Policy Statement
- Environmental Management System (EMS) certificate
- Quality Policy Statement
- Quality Management System (QMS) certificate.
Our environmental management system challenges us to reuse and recycle in the office. We also donate surplus IT and office supplies to local charities like Children’s ScrapStore and ensure any waste electrical equipment (WEEE) is recycled and refurbished by local enterprise, Byte Back.
We aim to travel sustainably: We are members of two bike-to-work schemes and have a loan company bike at our Bristol office for local meetings. All staff are encouraged to commute on foot, by bicycle or using public transport to promote healthier journeys to work and reduce environmental pollution, and we run a regular internal travel survey to see how we’re doing. 75% of our staff travel sustainably to work by walking, cycling or using public transport.
We are carbon zero: We are proud to be a CarbonZero (carbon neutral) company. Through our carbon offsetting with co2balance we support the African Energy Efficiency project, providing energy efficient stoves and light bulbs to local communities.
We put community centre stage: Our roots are based in community action and we continue to place communities central to our ethics. We continue to operate Community Action Groups to empower and increase the impact of community led activity. We have supported projects like The Rubbish Revolution in Gambia by helping North End Barra village to introduce a basic recycling and waste management system. We are currently supporting the Bristol wide bid to achieve Gold accreditation as a Sustainable Food City. We have donated consultancy time to WasteAid UK, and our staff have raised funds for WasteAid UK through their sponsored walks.
We care about our suppliers: We are signed up to The Prompt Payment Code (PPC) – a voluntary code of practice for businesses, administered by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) on behalf of BEIS. We positively aim to purchase from independent local organisations and to choose items that have a sound social and environmental impact where we can. We continue to develop a preferred local suppliers and vendors list to help drive this.
We work safely: We are accredited under the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), the industry authority on UK compliance and health and safety legislation. The process requires us to submit records, procedures and other documentation annually to demonstrate compliance with current health and safety legislation along with sound management based on best practice.
We value our employees: We are employee-owned and provide our employees with rewarding work, personal development, a safe working environment and a stake in our success. We are proud to be a Living Wage Employer, allowing us to provide security to all our employees, from our field work staff, conducting waste composition analysis, to our consultants.