In August 2018 NearSt replied to a questionnaire sent by Ethical Consumer, which included a question about the company's environmental policy. The company said:
"No we don’t [have an environmental policy], but it’s on our list. Even with a team of just 8 people, we know we can make an impact!"
An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on its environmental performance and set targets for the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified targets, demonstrate that the company had a reasonable understanding of its main impacts, be dated within the previous two years and be independently verified.
Given that NearSt was a small company (turnover below £10.2 million) and it was offering a social alternative by enabling consumers to buy from local shops rather than from large online retailers such as Amazon, the company received an exemption in this category.
https://near.st/ (9 August 2018)