On 29/10/2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Triangle Wholefoods Collective Ltd (t/a Suma Wholefoods) website for the company's environmental policy or report.
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.
The company did not have an environmental report dated within two years. Its questionnaire, received in October 2021, stated "We don’t have this at the moment. However, we are currently working with Forum for the Future to develop a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the next five years. So as of next Spring we should have a much better answer to this question".
The company stated "We offset 100% of our carbon emissions through Treesponsibility. We also have a partnership with Treesponsibility who are engaged in reforestation projects to counteract the carbon emissions from our business. Treesponsibility aims to educate people about the need for action on climate change, to involve local communities in tree planting, and to improve the local environment and biodiversity for the benefit of local people and future generations." It also discussed the environmental impacts of its packaging, and discussed cutting down on and reusing waste materials. The company was not judged to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its impacts as it did not address other environmental impacts such as water use, transport, renewable energy or agriculture in its supply chain (agrichemical inputs and land use).
No quantified and dated future targets for impact reduction were found.
There was no evidence of independent verification of data or reporting.
While the company did offer many environmental alternatives and was seen to be making continued progress, its turnover was too high to qualify for an exemption under Ethical Consumer's Environmental Reporting rating.
Overall, Triangle Wholefoods Collective Ltd (t/a Suma Wholefoods) received a Worst Ethical Consumer rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in the Environmental Reporting category.
Questionnaire October 2021 (October 2021)