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BCP-CLM definition of
sustainable organisations

Sustainability is defined as “avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.” It’s quite a broad definition and understanding exactly what will or won’t tip the ecological scales out of balance is a very tricky task. No wonder then that the word sustainable gets used a lot by businesses that want to promote any kind of eco-credentials they may have, regardless of whether any thought has gone into whether they’re ‘greenwashing’.

One of the BCP-CLM core values is protecting the natural world, so although we may not be able to claim that the organisations and individuals involved are perfectly ‘green’, it’s crucial that they are all adhering to a set of guidelines. These guidelines are not however set in stone, because we’re learning all the time about how what we do affects our environment. If you have any feedback on the current guidelines, please feedback here. As it stands, there are two types of organisation or sole trader that will qualify to be part of the BCP-CLM. These are listed below. All organisations and sole traders that take part must be locally based, and independent, so that we can support the core BCP-CLM value of building a resilient and sustainable local economy. (Find out more about the BCP-CLM values.)


Organisations or sole traders that are green by design. These will form part of the circular economy, i.e., reusing or recycling products to avoid the waste that happens as part of the standard linear economy where products are thrown away after a short lifecycle. These include but are not limited to:

  • Repair outlets/traders for clothes/electronics/furniture etc.

  • Upcycling/restoration or rejuvenation outlets/traders for clothes/electronics/furniture, etc.

  • Resellers for pre-loved or second-hand items

  • Fixing café’s


Organisations or sole traders that offer products and/or services that have a low environmental impact and are either necessary for or beneficial to wellbeing, including but not limited to:

  • Local veg box schemes, eco-café’s/restaurants and retail, and farmers markets

  • Made to last essentials like clothing and furniture made with sustainable materials

  • Wellbeing services

  • Eco tourism providers

  • Eco transport providers

  • Eco-friendly trades people and cleaning services

  • Environmentally friendly experiences

  • Eco-gifts

  • Charities

  • Not-for-profits

  • Co-ops

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