Ethical Junction CIC - Ethical Policy
“In these difficult times, optimism is an ethical duty”
Ethical Junction CIC (EJ) believes that change is possible through building momentum. It aims to inspire a new direction of working and living. And it tries to embody Gandhi’s encouragement to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’.
This policy statement sets out the fundamental ethical principles upon which EJ operates and it defines the manner in which it undertakes its business.
EJ is a force for positive change. It exists, primarily, to foster Sustainable Development. Such development is defined as comprising economic and other activities which seek to:
- minimise environmental damage,
- promote equity and
- improve social wellbeing.
EJ supports businesses, enterprises, community groups and individuals who commit themselves to these goals.
EJ is impartial, politically and economically.
EJ defines and promotes high standards of ethical behaviour.
EJ is inclusive, welcoming and grows through these principles rather than aggressive competition.
EJ believes strongly in the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ business concept created by John Elkington. This is defined as the ‘simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity’. These objectives are central to the way EJ conducts its business.
In pursuit of a ‘Triple Bottom Line’ EJ focuses on the following six core operational areas and commits itself to:
- Active care for the environment
- Responsible, fair and sustainable trading practice
- The avoidance of short term business practice that cause long term damage
- Equitable, non-exploitative employment practices
- Equality of opportunity and promotion of diversity
- Socially responsible activities
In building its Network EJ invites organisations to measure themselves against these six core areas of business activity when they apply for membership.
EJ will work, wherever possible, with Network members in preference to others.
EJ will demonstrate its principles by its day to day activity. The development of its ethical base is subject to continuous monitoring and review and it will create methods through which its operations are transparent to Network members and other interested people and organisations.