WHA Sustainability Policy

WHA recognises that good environmental management is an essential part of overall good practice. WHA will therefore strive to adopt the highest available environmental standards in all its areas of operation. WHA focus on continual improvement with aspirations towards becoming a zero carbon and waste organisation.

WHA will involve staff and members as much as possible both in implementing this policy internally, and in disseminating information externally about its progress in improving environmental standards. We will do this by making our policy publicly available on our website, in our premises and as part of our new staff induction process.

Commitments

As much as possible, WHA is committted to the following guiding principles with respect to sustainability:

1) Reduce water, gas and electricity consumption. This to be common practice at Unit 2, 27 Corsham Street and encourage CANVAS offices to take advantage of green energy tariffs. Staff members are also encouraged to do this at their home working premises.

Where WHA provides office equipment, the most efficient options based on their energy star rating will also be factored in. These energy-saving appliances will help reduce WHA’s carbon footprint and also reduce energy-consuption bills for homeworking.

WHA staff are encouraged not to keep their laptops plugged in for extended periods of time and to allow the battery to drain intermittently.

Complaints about office temperature can be very common in the workplace. WHA will always strive to find the ideal balance for the office without unnecessarily relying on air conditioning and heating (opening windows, relying on in-built radiators as opposed to plug-in ones etc.)

2) Promote a paperless culture to reduce, reuse and recycle. WHA are well placed to reduce the consumption of paper due to the digitisation of much of its workload. Scanning and digital signatures ensure that not everything needs to be printed in order to return contracts or confirmations. As far as is practically possible, WHA also requests electronic invoices from its suppliers and banks.

3) Increase the recycling rate. Where printing and using paper is unavoidable, WHA provides both general waste and recycling facilities. These bins will be clearly labelled. Where recycling is too large for the receptacles provided, CANVAS are able to dispose and recycle small quantities of larger items.

4) Procure sustainable office stationery which is biodegradable. In an attempt to reduce the amount of non-recyclable products such as plastic pens or accessories, WHA will seek eco-friendly alternatives. Sustainable resources such as bamboo, hemp and non-toxic dyes will be proactively sought out. This extends beyond office stationary and to event-specific resources such as pop-up branding and pins, which in recent times have been almost entirely eco-friendly.

5) Lean towards environmentally friendly cleaning products. WHA’s offices are in a serviced building and as such the cleaning services are carried out by a contracted third party. Where possible, WHA will encourage the cleaners to use chemically benign cleaning products and where WHA brings in its own cleaning products, will also consider this.

6) Supply FairTrade food and drinks. When stocking office food and drink supplies FairTrade tea, coffee , sugar and organic milk will be the baseline provided. Intensive and environmentally unfriendly production methods will be avoided as far as is reasonably possible. Non-recyclable coffee capsules will not be used, though CANVAS to provide these in their communal areas.

7) Avoidance of single-use products. WHA does not provide or endorse single-use products where a reusable option is readily available. As such all mugs, glasses, crockery and cutlery will be reusable; washed and cleaned by staff.

One of the big sources of plastic waste and emissions is water bottles. As such WHA actively discourages the use of single-use plastic water bottles. A filtered water jug is provided for staff in the office which can be refilled throughout the day.

8) Encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel. WHA staff largely work remotely from their homes and as such do not significantly increase WHA’s overall carbon emissions. Due to the central London location of WHA’s office premises, all staff utilise public transport in order to get in.

WHA are not normally required to travel nationally, but where they are, public transport services will be prioritised over any other arrangements.

As part of the nature of the business, some staff members will need to travel internationally throughout the year. In line with the travel policy outlined in the staff and governance handbook, the most economical and appropriate options will be utilised. Wherever possible WHA will not ask more staff than is necessary to travel overseas. Where flights are sourced, the most direct options are usually preferred unless there is a significant cost burden to the organisation.

If taxis are required then WHA staff should ride share with one another.


WHA realises that not all policies can be all encompassing and that there may be more specific and nuanced situations which will require the organization to proactively work with sustainability in mind.

WHA will review this policy every two years upon its adoption. (08/05/2024)