In June 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed Oxfam GB's Ethical and Environmental Policy dated December 2020, as well as its 2020 Annual Report. The report demonstrated Oxfam GB’s understanding of its responsibilities around environmental standards in relation to its retail operations and supply chains. These included its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions associated with its operations, waste, packaging, energy, wood and forest products. The report also stated Oxfam’s carbon commitment which detailed that Oxfam GB had committed to “at least a 66% reduction by 2030 (from a 2011/12 baseline, without offsetting) with a commitment to being zero carbon by 2045 at the latest.”
Aside from this, however, it did not appear that Oxfam GB had any other environmental policy targets with baselines attached to them. It stated that there had been limited energy efficiency actions in the year as its focus was on supporting the completion of the ESOS process, the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme.
A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets and have its environmental data independently verified. Oxfam GB did not meet these criteria and therefore it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in this category.
Oxfam annual reports and accounts 2019/20 (21 June 2021)