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The organisation of ARC

ARC is a Fairtrade office that makes a point of prioritising organic, fairly traded and local supplies and suppliers - and we are very proud to have won a Gold Award in the March 2012 Bristol Fairtrade awards


Founder

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip

International President

Sir Miles Hunt-Davis

Chairman of the Trustees

Brian Pilkington

The trustees are drawn from our three founding bodies –

• WWF International and WWF UK
• MOA International, Japan
• The Pilkington Foundation

We also have two honorary trustees, from TVE and from the Dutch environmental philanthropy EMF.

Secretary of the Trust - Pippa Moss

Staff

Secretary General – Martin Palmer
Deputy Secretary General - Alison Hilliard
Director of Communications - Victoria Finlay
Food & Agriculture Programme Manager, and Communications - Susie Weldon
Communications - Tony Benjamin
PA and Events Assistant - Pippa Moss
Finance Officer, Education and Water - Mary Bellekom
Projects Officer - Kirsty Main-Ellen
Finance Assistant - Natalie Hingston ARC is administered by a small team of full- and part-time staff, as well as consultants for specific projects. Our real strength lies in our networks and in the people that each faith has appointed to work on environmental issues.


Ethical Policy:

Here at ARC we aim to practice what we speak about, and so we try to be as environmentally considerate as possible.

Purchasing

This is important, as we are working with several of our faith partners, including the Hindus, Muslims and Jews, on ethical purchasing policies.

Several ARC staff prefer to cycle to work.
We try to follow the LOFTY purchasing principles; that wherever possible products should be Local, Organic, Free-range, Traded Fairly and Yummy. All our office milk is organic, our coffee, tea and sugar fairtrade and often organic, and our biscuits, provided to all staff and visitors, are organic and fair trade wherever possible. It costs a little more, but it is vital to support farms which are friendly to the earth and do not use pesticides.

When we provide lunch for visitors it is always vegetarian, fair trade where it's available and often local. Our favourite lunchtime indulgences are Bath Soft Cheese and Wife of Bath hard cheese, sourced from the very cows that graze in the organically managed fields outside our offices.

We have signed up to the new Good Food Charter launched in June 2012 by our neighbouring city Bristol which says that food should be good for people, good for places and good for the planet. For more information, click here.

We are very proud to have won a Gold Fairtrade Award - one of only three businesses to do so in the wider Bristol area - in the March 2012 Fairtrade awards held in Bristol. Read our story on winning the award click here.

We make sure that our locally-produced business cards are printed on recycled card, as well as our headed paper. All our copying paper and envelopes recycled, and we also support FSC for any mass-printing we commission.

The hotel we use in London whenever there’s a spare place – it’s popular - is the MIC in Euston, run by the Methodists, which has been expanding its ethical purchasing policy for the past few years (ever since someone from ARC asked why their eggs were not free-range) and now runs one of the most ethical hotel restaurants in London. ARC is now represented on their board.

Recycling etc

We also recycle everything possible in the office to minimise waste: plastics, card, paper, metal, batteries, glass and organic waste, which goes straight into the compost bin outside.

We always try to support local businesses and, in turn, our local community.

And since protecting the environment is not just about what we do but rather what we don’t do, we try to switch off the lights when we can. Where we do need the extra light on overcast days we use energy saving light bulbs. We do not use harmful cleaning products.

Transport

Our Kelston Park offices are four miles outside the city of Bath surrounded by an organic dairy farm. We are sited on a road without a very frequent bus service, so everyone has found their own ways of getting to work. As many staff as can either cycle or walk from home (and we've successfully arranged with the office building management to make sure there are decent showers on site).Some who live further away try to cycle several days a week in summer.

Other colleagues use public transport - trains and buses – and those few who do drive car-share as much as possible.

When we go to meetings we try to balance affordability with public transport availability. We have cut down our international flights by 50 percent since 2000.

The journey

It has been quite a journey to get here.

  • For a long time people would struggle with finding organic milk and sometimes would just pick up milk at the local convenience store. But after a visit from the team at Compassion in World Farming, we learned the difference in how the animals are treated, and decided to reassess our purchasing. Now it’s a rule.
  • Sometimes it can be hard to persuade others to help. It took six months to get permission from the letting agency at our offices to get a composting bin, and when we did get permission we bought it ourselves. We are currently in discussion with them about switching off more lights in common areas during daytime. These things can take a while to get agreed.
  • There was once a “vegetarian” lunch ordered from a local company which included (local) ham, because they had confused “local” with “vegetarian” and another lunch for vegan visitors which included butter and cheese.
  • It took a while to find a source for organic (or at least low-pesticide) biscuits that were affordable enough for general office use. But Nairns makes low-pesticide ginger biscuits and Waitrose and Sainsbury’s sell excellent organic digestives. They look plain, but taste yummy.

ARC's headquarters are in Kelston Park, Bath, England. For directions please click here




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June 27, 2011:
Interview with Sir Miles Hunt-Davis
Sir Miles Hunt-Davis became ARC's international president in 2011. ARC's communications director, Victoria Finlay talked to him about his work as British Commander in Nepal and Prince Philip's private secretary for nearly 20 years, and about the importance of engaging religions in conservation issues.
Interview with Prince Philip
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