Environmental and Social Responsibility
Lupine Adventure Co-op was started by individuals with a background in environmental and social justice projects and campaigns. As such we recognise that there can be a conflict of interest between our activities in the countryside and conservation.
As a workers co-operative we are a business with a strong ethical core and actively take steps to promote the preservation and well being of the environment and communities.
- Social Enterprise… And then some – We have no shareholders or ‘owners’ to pay dividends to, and no debts with interest to pay. No one is making a mint from the fees that our customers pay. We therefore benefit from the double whammy of charging affordable fees but being able to pay decent rates of pay to our staff. This means that when we need to employ freelancers we get the cream of the crop.
- Workers Co-operative – We are a Workers Co-operative, are members of Co-ops UK and abide by the 7 co-operative principles (see below).
- Ecological restoration – We encourage the active involvement of our members in conservation projects (such as tree planting).
- Cutting emissions – We promote the use of public transport and lift sharing. Unless completely impractical, all our Open Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions start and finish at railway stations.
- Responsible events – We decided not to promote the Welsh 3 peaks event because of the road miles involved between the peaks. We also don’t promote the national 3 peaks challenge for the same reason, and because of its adverse effect on the environment and local communities.
- Charity work – We give our time free to woodcraft folk groups and offer competitive rates to charity fundraisers
- Fair Trade – We always buy fair trade products where possible when providing any catering.
- Giving to good stuff – Each year we give time and free places on courses to organisations we support and individuals who will benefit from free places on our Open DofE programmes.