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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


His Royal Highness The Prince Philip

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


Secretary General – Martin Palmer
PA and Events Manager/i> - Pippa Moss
Finance Officer, Education and Water - Mary Bellekom
Director of Communications - Victoria Finlay
Programme Manager, Wildlife - Chantal Elkin
Programme Manager, China - He Yun
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 we try to be as environmentally considerate as possible.


We try to follow the LOFTY purchasing principles; that wherever possible products should be Local, Organic, Free-range, Traded Fairly and Yummy. Office milk is organic, coffee, tea and sugar are fairtrade and often organic, and our biscuits 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.

Several ARC staff prefer to cycle to work.
When we provide lunch for visitors it is always vegetarian, fair trade where it's available and often local. This includes Bath Soft Cheese and Wife of Bath hard cheese, sourced from the cows that graze in the organically managed fields outside our previous offices at Kelston Park.

We have signed up to the new Good Food Charter launched in Bristol which says food should be good for people, good for places and good for the planet.

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 .

Our business cards and headed paper are printed on recycled card and paper. All our paper and envelopes are 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 and local community etc

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

We always try to support local businesses and, in turn, our local community. So we only buy books from our local independent bookshop, stationery from our local independent stationery shop etc.

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 and electric chargers when we can and use energy saving light bulbs. We choose eco-branded cleaning products.


Our offices are in the centre of Bath. Colleagues who can, come by public transport. Those who cannot try and cycle in summer.

When we go to meetings we try to balance affordability with public transport availability. We have cut down our international flights by more than 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 biscuits that were affordable enough for general office use. But Nairns makes low-pesticide ginger biscuits and Waitrose and Sainsbury’s sell good organic digestives. They look plain, but taste good.

ARC's headquarters are at 6, Gay Street in the centre of Bath. Postcode BA1 2PH Kelston Park, Bath, England. For directions please click here

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