Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Statement

Elmbridge Community Eco Hub

Our Commitment
Elmbridge Community Eco Hub is committed to responsible, ethical and sustainable practices and
consider the impact we have on our team, our volunteers, our customers, the local community as
well as the world’s resources. We aim to maximise our long-term positive contribution to society and
its resources, whilst minimising any adverse impacts our actions may have. To demonstrate this
commitment, we have embedded these core principles into our Organisational Values: respect,
sustainability, accountability and reliability. We have aligned our approach to ESG with the relevant
United Nations sustainability goals, ensuring we are actively supporting both the UK and the world in
making a better future.
This commitment applies to every initiative, team and person within ECEH

Good health and wellbeing
• We aim to provide a safe and healthy environment for our team and the volunteers to work in and
will provide support and systems to promote well-being and healthy minds
• We are dedicated to supporting our customers and volunteers in reducing their carbon footprint
• We aim to provide practical and effective options for the community to benefit from by providing
initiatives that will reduce social isolation, provide access to free fresh food, borrow useful items
rather than purchase, repair products, provide learning opportunity, opportunity to grow fruit and
vegetables, herbs, flowers in our Community Garden
Decent work and economic growth
• We aim to ensure we have the right leadership team available with the right skills and support to
deliver a safe and responsible service
• We will strive to only use supply partners that are committed to similar values as our own,
including the eradication of forced labour, ending modern slavery and child labour and
environmental sustainability
• We aim to develop future talent within our organisation and the wider community through
schemes such as work experience, Duke of Edinburgh and support of continued professional
development
•We are committed to working with business partners to identify, implement and promote new
technologies to improve environmental sustainability, reduce carton footprint, improve mental and
physical wellbeing of our team, volunteers and the general public
*We are committed to working in a financially sustainable way, with any excess being reinvested
into the ECEH, used to maintain current initiatives, set up new ones, or invested back into the
community

Equality, diversity and inclusion
• We believe in treating everyone fairly, from our team, our volunteers and the general public to
anyone else who is affected by our initiatives, activities and services
• We seek to prevent discrimination, actively promoting equal opportunities and inclusion of all,
irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

We seek to avoid creating waste.

We will reuse, repair, repurpose, refurbish and recycle as much as we are able. When suitable organic waste is generated it will be added to our compost pile. We
aim for zero waste to landfill.
• We are committed to including sustainability key performance indicators (KPI’s) in our
management information and reporting to ensure oversight and action where required
1. Weight by mass of surplus food redistributed via the Community Fridge
2. Direct energy consumption by primary energy sources per unit of output
3. Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements
4. Total weight of waste by type and disposal method
5. Number of products loaned and their carbon equivalent saved in terms of landfill,
manufacture and transport, and financial savings
6. Number and type of items brought to the Repair Café, successfully repaired and saved from
entering landfill in raw numbers, carbon equivalent and financial savings
7. Numbers of volunteers and hours spent volunteering at the Eco Hub
8. Social impact of volunteering in respect of reducing isolation, improving confidence,
upskilling and improving employability
9. Raw number of work experience placements filled (days/weeks/positions)

Tackling climate change
We are committed to helping to mitigate climate change, we aim to do this through:
• Monitoring our vehicle fuel consumption, moving to electric powered vehicle, walking or cycling
• Actively managing the energy consumption within our offices, constantly looking for
improvements and efficiencies.
In practice: Using solar energy lighting on grounds and within the Hall.

Sound corporate governance
• We are committed to operating an effective, accountable and transparent organisation at all levels
• We actively encourage our people to report any concerns with the way in which the organisation is
being run or any relationships with or service given by suppliers
• We will seek to comply with all applicable laws in the UK
In practice: We have dedicated team to directly raise concerns or opportunities for improvements
Partnerships for a better future
• We will share best practice with customers, our suppliers and others in our sector, building
partnerships which can, together, make a positive difference to our communities and our
environment
In practice: We are part of the national Eco Hub Network, International Repair café Network and the
UK Community Fridge Network, sharing best practice, ideas and innovations with other Hubs around
the country.

Michael Tumilty
Director Elmbridge Community Eco Hub

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