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A Sustainable Bakery

Welcome to our sustainable bakery feature – whilst this focusses on bakeries because that’s what fits Honeywell Bakes, many of these points will transfer into homes and workplaces. I hope you find it helpful!

Reducing Plastic:

Several years ago we began using fully plant based home compostable bags for individual iced biscuits – they are not always wrapped but on occasion, such as for wedding favours, it is necessary. We recently calculated how many

Diversity and Inclusion

Conversations around diversity and inclusion can be difficult and uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have them. As Dr. Tiffany Jana writes in The B Corp Handbook “Now is not the time…to get comfortable, tread lightly and sidestep the tough conversations”. In order to move forward, to be truly diverse and inclusive and create a space where people can truly be themselves at work, these conversations both within ourselves and with others are necessary. By this I do not mean you should ask someone from a marginalised group to tell you about their experience – this may just serve to cause them to relive difficult and traumatic experiences. Of course, if someone voluntarily tells you information and is happy to discuss that is a different matter – as with most things in life it is important to judge how all parties in the conversation are feeling.

Earlier in the year we had a training session for the whole team from Equality & Diversity UK, they do a range of courses both online and in person and are really fantastic. We all found it interesting and helpful and it encouraged conversations within the team about a range of factors. For example we realised that for Mother’s Day we promote our floral collections, and not other products such as the jar of tools. Of course there are plenty of Mothers out there who would much prefer to be wrestling with a spanner than arranging flowers, and moving forward we will be ensuring that our promoted collections are more reflective of our ethics.

If you’d like more information then Inclusive Employers have a variety of courses available, they also run National Inclusion Week during which there are some free webinars. For more information click here.

‘Blind’ Application Process

One thing we are working on is to try our hardest to make our job vacancies appealing for all. We do not want anyone to feel unable to apply due to their race, gender, sexuality, disability or anything else. We wholeheartedly want to be a place where every single person can be their complete authentic selves at work, and we understand that with a diverse range of people comes a much greater range of skill, knowledge and ideas. We recognise that currently we are all female, and predominantly white, and that this may be a barrier to prevent some people applying for jobs here.

One new thing we have implemented to help reduce any unconscious bias in our recruitment process is ‘blind’ recruitment. In the past job applications have gone straight to (the very lovely!) Alex who is our HR guru, and our founder, Rebecca. Moving forward I will be provided with a list of essential criteria for each vacancy. Applications will come to me, I will look at them and assess them next to the set criteria only. I will then anonymise the applications that pass by removing all personal information and giving them a number, and they will then be looked at by Rebecca, Alex and any other relevant team members before going to interview. I will also provide feedback to all unsuccessful applicants, which will hopefully help them moving forward.

This process is what will work for Honeywell Biscuit Co and we hope it will remove any barrier anyone may feel towards applying, and help ensure the process is fair to all. There are other more technical ways of anonymising applications but as we are a small business this is what we have chosen.

Christmas!!

There was no way I could publish a December journal entry without mentioning Christmas! Christmas is such a special time of year, and all being well this year it will be extra special as friends and family gather, hug and enjoy each others company. The thing with Christmas however is that consumption so easily takes over – if you are anything like me you desperately want to support small independent businesses, but time and cost create barriers. For me this is mainly done to lack of organisation, every year I plan to be more organised, then out of the blue December is upon me and I still haven’t purchased a single thing! You may have seen Holly & Co’s Colour Friday campaign, which was instead of Black Friday.

According to Holly & Co. if we each buy just one Christmas gift from independent businesses this year we’ll reallocate £2.7 BILLION between small businesses. That is a phenomenal amount of money that can be spent with small, conscious businesses rather than lining the pockets of those with less consideration for people and the planet. It can of course be hard to find things online or if you do not have access to independent shops but Not On The High Street and Etsy are wonderful for inspiration, and a quick Ecosia/online search will bring up many options for a more ethical Christmas. I love the reusable crackers from Peace With The Wild, on the face of it they are expensive and a gift has to be added but I am using them as a present that will be on the table, not a cheap decoration that will end up in landfill along with it’s cheap usually useless contents. I have purchased additional snaps as well so I can keep them for next year and won’t need to flap around last minute trying to find some.

The photo below includes my amazing parents, who taught us all from a young age that it is important to respect and care for people and the planet, not to waste unnecessarily, and to support small businesses wherever we can.

As always I hope this has been useful, and if you have any questions or suggestions please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you!

Laura

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