Sustainability Policy

Sustainability - Luminary Photography CIC

Luminary Photography CIC believes in the three pillars of sustainability, Environmental, Social and Financial.

Environmental

We recognise that a healthy environment is fundamental to the wellbeing of everyone and maintaining the environment is extremely important. 

We commit to uphold environmental regulations and laws and will do everything we can to promote and positively contribute to a healthy environment. We will encourage and promote circular recycling, reuse, energy saving and efficiency.

We will buy only what we need. Source recycled and pre-owned resources and equipment where practical, scrutinising the environmental impact of each item we buy and considering how we can reduce or remove that impact through our choices, for example finding suitable reusable photographic backdrops instead of paper, investing in higher quality equipment that has a longer life, use rechargeable batteries, favouring longevity over convenience. We will take care of and maintain our equipment to extend its life and re-sell or recycle our unused equipment. 

Minimise energy usage, by switching off electrical equipment and unnecessary lighting when not in use. Use low energy options when available. Evaluate the impact of our online / cloud footprint and how we can reduce the environmental impact of it. Evaluate and compare the power usage of different products when purchasing electronic equipment, to find the most efficient.

Minimise waste by evaluating our ordering, working and disposal practices. Sorting, storing and disposing of waste appropriately, recycling waste where appropriate and using recyclable, compostable and biodegradable products where possible. Minimise using single use plastics. Actively promoting recycling with our staff (directors, employees, facilitators, volunteers) and service users (funded and paying). 

Regularly review our suppliers, processes, and environmental impact.

Social

We work to improve people’s lives through photography, we will continue to work to increase positive impact, promoting inclusive, equitable and lifelong learning. Create equal and equitable opportunities for everyone, reduce barriers to our services and work with our customers and service users to identify ways to make what we do more accessible.

Value our team, ensure that they have every opportunity to express themselves, fulfill their potential and contribute to society. Create a rewarding experience for our staff. Ensure that our staff can maintain a healthy work life balance, through flexible working and considerate planning and provide a respectful and considerate environment to work in. Provide support services and signposting for our staff before they are needed

Consider how everything we do impacts the communities we work in and the people we work with. 

Financial

Build a strong and valuable brand that creates a sustainable company.

Keep costs to a minimum. Eliminate debt by identifying and exploiting other revenue streams, leverage our strengths and use them to create income. Budget realistically, plan our spending for the maximum return, in terms of both financial and social impact. Ensure that we have considered all costs in a project and that they are covered sufficiently in our funding applications.

Branding and marketing – Social enterprises depend on marketing and branding to promote and sustain their programs and services, marketing considerations are often  given lowest priority or overlooked completely. Clear and consistent marketing will help to promote and raise the profile of the organisation.

Collaborate with other organisations who have similar goals and overlapping audiences to increase the diversity of communities we are working with and to gain access to harder to reach communiites.

Monitor everything we do to measure impact and sustainability, maintaining detailed tracking of our work. Have definable, achievable goals throughout our projects that are easily identifiable, internally and externally. Monitor and track our work while it is in progress, not just at the end. Adjust and develop what we are doing, as we are doing it. Differentiate for different groups and audiences, what works for one person, may not work for another. We will not know what our beneficiaries need or are capable of until we start working with them.  Report our progress and financial position at regular meetings.