In June 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the Books etc. website for the company's environmental policy or report. No such information could be found. An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on a company's environmental performance and set targets for reducing its impacts in the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets, demonstration by the company that it had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, be dated within two years and have its environmental data independently verified.

Books etc. did not meet any of these criteria therefore it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in this category.

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Books etc website (12 July 2021)

In July 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the website of Books etc. looking for information on what the company was doing to tackle climate change. Ethical Consumer was looking for the following:

As the company had a turnover of less than £10.2m it was considered a small company and was only expected to discuss its areas of climate impact, and to discuss plausible ways it has cut them in the past, and ways that it will cut them in the future.

Books etc. did not provide any information on its website related to its key impacts in relation to climate change. Ethical Consumer attempted to view the company’s accounts in Companies House to see if there was any information on carbon reporting but none was found. In turn, it did not meet any criteria. Books etc. therefore received a worst rating for carbon management and reporting and lost a whole mark under Climate Change.

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Books etc website (12 July 2021)