Natura International contributes to conserving, protecting and promoting the natural ecosystems across Europe to support the economic, cultural and social prosperity of local communities. In order
to achieve its aims, Natura International needs to ensure that it is aware of and addresses the impacts of its activities on the environment and on communities. We recognise that through our day to
day operations we interact with and impact on the environment, economy, and social fabric of / in the communities where we work. To ensure that our operations and activities contribute to the
principles of sustainable development we are committed to continuous improvement of our own and our partners environmental, economic and social performance.
This Policy sets out the approach for managing and mitigating these impacts within our organisation, as well as the partners through whom we work. Our specific objectives are:
- To manage our resource use in a way that contributes towards sustainable development.
- To make Natura International carbon neutral.
- To support economic growth and equity within the communities where we work.
- To assess, monitor, and manage environmental and social impacts of our projects.
- To support the principles of ethical and sustainable consumption.
- To uphold principles of cultural diversity and human rights within our work.
- To manage our financial resources efficiently and manage our investments in a way that supports socially responsible investment.
- To lead by example inspiring our partners and others to follow.
We will do this through applying the following strategies:
- Adopting the precautionary principle: to apply the precautionary principle to our decision making in order to ensure that any potentially negative impacts to the environment or society are
- Adopting the principle of the ‘4R’s’ – reduce, reuse, repair, recycle: to manage and minimise environmental impacts.
- To evaluate and apply appropriate technological solutions that reduce costs, environmental impacts and build our and our partner’s understanding of alternative ways of doing business (e.g. video
conferencing, energy saving bulbs).
- To develop an ethical procurement policy and strategy that manages the environmental and social impacts of the products that we use and of our suppliers. We will not purchase goods or services
from suppliers which are found to be unacceptable in terms of these impacts.
- To develop a transport policy and strategy that seeks to reduce CO2 emissions as well as costs.
- To foster good relationships with local communities wherever we operate, including using local labour and materials and avoiding causing disturbance.
- To screen potential suppliers, including donors of funds, goods, or services and partners for their sustainability impacts.
In all instances, Natura International will ensure compliance with national legislation and international conventions, including but not limited to the ILO
Convention, Kyoto Protocol, CBD. Natura International contributes towards achieving the European Gothenburg target of no biodiversity loss by 2010 and is a member of IUCN’s Countdown 2010
Management / Implementation
This policy has been endorsed by the Natura International Board of Trustees. Responsibility for its implementation lies with the management structure and every member of staff. The policy will be
subject to regular review to be updated in accordance with the changing context within which Natura International operates.