DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, FAIR LABOUR AND PHILANTHROPY
Arena Flowers provide equal opportunity for all and are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and achieving gender equality throughout the world. They have also adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative code of conduct, and every supplier they work with has to meet their codes of conduct as a minimum standard. All of their suppliers and growers are audited on their equality of pay. Importantly they have achieved carbon neutrality for their entire workforce through their commitment to tree planting and optimised supply chains.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, MINIMAL WASTE, REDUCED WATER USAGE AND CO2 REDUCTION
Arena Flowers only sources from farms that accept the principles of sustainability outlined in their code of conduct, including the use of wetland water filtration schemes and greywater sourcing. They are also taking steps to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and have achieved their goal of carbon neutrality by the end of 2020 a full twelve months ahead of schedule.
Arena Flowers have consolidated their freight and shipping to reduce their footprint, and started to transition their vehicles to electric-only. They moved their UK premises to an EPC A-rated facility to harvest greywater, remove the need for oil and switch to sustainably-sourced woodchip pellets to power and heat the premises. They train their staff to save energy, and replace their equipment with higher energy-efficient machines.
To minimise their water use, Arena Flowers have partnered with toilettwinning.org, and they encourage every team member to consider water as an important resource. They have reduced their water consumption each month by 12% in the past year, and they are working to double that reduction by the end of 2020, becoming the most water-efficient flower business in the world.