One of Cotswold Archaeology’s major objectives for 2022 is to improve the sustainability of our operations and play our part in tackling the global climate change emergency. We have therefore committed to a series of actions and initiatives to improve our sustainability performance. Our trustees have already adopted our first ever company Sustainability Policy, and we have recently joined the Climate Heritage Network.
There is a strong appetite amongst colleagues to engage more actively in furthering sustainability and social value, and for our efforts to be more visible within the heritage sector. Everything Cotswold Archaeology stands for aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Our Sustainability Policy concentrates on the areas where we can make the most positive contributions to environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Our next steps include a dialogue with colleagues on what further efforts we can make to reduce, re-use or re-cycle the quantity of materials and products we use. We will look to put the best ideas into action before the end of the year. We also want to communicate our values to our supply chain as we continue to incorporate the principles of the circular economy.
We need more in-house expertise to help us achieve our goals and we are delighted that two staff members are working towards the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management.
As an educational charity it is in our DNA to provide public benefit and social value. By giving something back, we support and improve the vitality and cohesiveness of the communities we encounter through our work. We will continue to drive the social value of our operations to help tackle inequality and leave a positive legacy by:
- Communicating the results of our work to various audiences and placing an emphasis on community relations. We encourage groups and individuals to engage with our discoveries;
- Favouring local procurement of goods and services so that we make a positive contribution to the local economy. We support small and diversely owned businesses;
- Encouraging local employment and apprentices;
- Inspiring the next generation through supporting skills, education and training; and
- Creating opportunities for volunteering.
Within our company we recognize the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion amongst our workforce so that we have an inclusive workplace culture that supports staff wellbeing. We are committed to recruiting and developing the next generation of specialists, and to encouraging younger people to follow a career in archaeology.
This is an ambitious agenda for Cotswold Archaeology, but one we are excited about. We are ready to rise to the challenge. We will continue to communicate on our progress as we implement our plans.