SOCIAL IMPACT REPORTING WITH
From the streets to a brighter future
When Ethstat was in it’s earliest planning stages, we prioritised reporting transparency for us as a company and for each of our contracts. Our reporting covers our complete environmental profile, including plastic reduction, first and last-mile performance, chlorine elimination, and CO2 profile. As a majority female, majority BAME cooperative, we pride ourselves on our diversity of employment and report on all aspects of our employment impact.
Not all our employment is full-time. Over 300 vulnerable people have benefited from the work placement opportunities we provide to help people get back on their feet. Finally, our profits are reinvested into supporting families caring for a parent with dementia.
Originally from Somalia, where he escaped the civil war, we met Mussi during our Monday night food service.
Mussi was sleeping on the steps of the building opposite us, so we felt it only fitting that we would offer him a placement. He was shy at first, but as his confidence grew, he opened up and became one of the stars at work.
Mussi has had a tough time since he came to the UK. The shelter he was residing in became unsafe as he suffered discrimination; at one point, all his belongings were stolen from him, and he was intimidated into leaving. A situation made more poignant since he had already fled his home as Al Shabaab took over South Somalia.
BREAKING THE CYCLE
Homelessness has various causes, but mental health, childhood in the care system, prison time, and poor support networks are common themes among the people we work with. Our aim is to intervene early and prevent homelessness by providing necessary support.
We work with ex-offenders in prison or upon release, including Day release programs like Jourdain’s, to aid in their reintegration with communities. We also provide employment training to prisoners before they are eligible for day release.
how we do business
Bruce sharing our business model for people and planet
Creating impact in our supply chain
case study: helping product development
Under our guidance, Popcorn Shed removed 14,500 pieces of Single Use Plastic from the environment.
Popcorn Shed are one of those organisations that we just had to work with. They have an incredible product, do brilliant work with the LGBTQ community and have outstanding service. The only problem was that their product was wrapped in plastic.
We didn’t know that there had never been a successful hand-finished popcorn that was entirely plastic-free. Partly this is the nature of the product. Popcorn and caramelised sugar are difficult propositions to keep fresh. After six months of development and hard work, they found a way of working with Natureflex to produce the world’s first completely plastic-free, home compostable gourmet hand-finished popcorn. This was possible because of the scale forward PO’s we recieve and our passion for an entirely plastic free offering.
case study: world's first plastic-free hand-made crisps
A revolutionary world-first – brought to you from Herefordshire.
Two Farmers Crisps, run by Sean and Mark, are two of the most passionate business owners you will ever meet. They stand for everything we hold most dear. Two Farmers use local produce; the potatoes they grow themselves, they use local, natural flavourings, work to low food miles and protect their rural community whilst giving local employment and training.
One of the most challenging environmental problems is how to recycle a crisp packet. The problem is more significant than you might think. One factory in Leicester producing a UK crisp favourite, make over 11 million packets of crisps using single-use plastic every day. Many of them are destined to litter the streets or end up in our oceans. Sean and Mark figured out that you might not be able to recycle them easily, but you can solve the problem by creating a home compostable pack. It might just be a packet of delicious crisps in your hand, but also a revolution.
Case study: new packaging DEVELOPMENT
Working with Harry Specters we removed 40,500 pieces of Single Use Plastic from our environment.
Since starting in November 2012, Harry Specters have helped a total number of 310 people with autism. Alongside this, they’ve supported 155 carers/parents, making their lives just that little bit easier.
Autistic people contribute to the business in different ways. They do real work in real jobs, from making, packing and selling chocolates to working in administration, design, and photography. Through this work, they’ve all learnt new skills resulting in increased confidence, hope, and aspirations for their future.
As part of our procurement, Ethstat worked with Harry Specters to help eliminate plastic in all their packaging producing the first plastic free Harry Specters chocolate pack in 2021.
Our impact mapped to the UNSdg
Our impacts are mapped directly to several initiatives, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the government’s Rough Sleeping Plan.
impact through employment
Our strength is our diversity. We come from and are based in, one of the most diverse boroughs in the world. So it comes as little surprise that our team reflects our wider community.
As a team, we have survived long-term unemployment, poverty, homelessness, incarceration, discrimination, and abuse. We are a majority female BAME-led organisation that is ethnically, physically, and neurologically diverse and embodies the idea that “we think differently because we are different”.
Impact on the elderly
In 2022, the cost of living crisis has affected everyone, especially the elderly population. According to a poll published by Age UK, nearly nine million people over 60 are concerned that the rising prices would affect their health and care needs. Unfortunately, the impact of the cost of living crisis on elderly care is already visible, with over 1.5 million elderly individuals reducing or stopping their care because they cannot afford it.
Jamila’s Ethical Coffee and Our Commitment to Dementia Care
At Jamila’s Ethical Coffee, we believe it is crucial to support families who are caring for individuals with dementia. That is why all profits from our coffee sales go towards this essential cause. This year, our network of companies supporting this initiative has grown significantly, including key partners like Amey PLC and Greenpeace. This growth enables us to plan for future coffee sales and work towards necessary environmental innovation with our farming partners.