In September 2021 Ethical Consumer searched the Ebooks website for the company's environmental policy or report. The company’s 2020 Environmental Policy was viewed. This discussed minimising energy and water use within buildings in order to conserve supplies and minimise the consumption of natural resources; monitoring its energy and water use and effluent production; where possible, purchasing products and services that do the least damage to the environment; reviewing and enforcing its sustainable procurement policy to align with good practice. It provided a brief update on progress.
No specific mention of environmentally friendly IT infrastructure was found, such as using a green server company, which you would expect from a digital business.
No quantified future environmental reduction targets could be found and performance data was not independently audited.
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.
Ebooks 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.
2020 Environmental Policy (3 September 2021)