ESG Statement

Trees and secret pond at DunsanyTree Planting project with Irish trees and featured image as part of Irish Trees ESG page on ESG Statement

Introduction To The Irish Trees ESG Statement Policy

Irish Trees has established different lines of action aimed at maximising the integration of the environmental, social and governance (ESG Statement) aspects criteria. We aim to implement ESG best practices across our organisation, procurement process, supply chain and client community to collectively develop sustainable strategies and action.

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A. Definition of ESG
Sustainable environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices are an integral part of our company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility. For our tree planting services, this includes engaging in practices that protect and restore forests, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote sustainable natural resource management. Additionally, our ESG policies and practices prioritise local communities, creating jobs and providing economic benefits, and ensuring that operations are conducted in a safe, equitable, and responsible manner.

B. Benefits of ESG
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has become increasingly popular in recent years. With the launch of the European Commission’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, ESG activities are now viewed as mandatory and fundamental to our business operations. The tree planting sector is one area where ESG engagement and investing can have a positive impact. This policy will discuss the benefits of ESG engagement in the context of Irish Trees organisational management, strategic direction and impact.

1. Environmental Benefits: Tree planting has a positive environmental impact. Trees help to reduce air pollution, absorb carbon dioxide, and provide habitat for wildlife. By investing in tree planting, companies can help to ensure that more trees are planted and that existing forests are maintained.

2. Social Benefits: Tree planting employs local communities and provides them with jobs and income. This can help to reduce poverty and improve living standards in the local area. Additionally, tree planting requires engagement with local communities to ensure that their operations are sustainable and beneficial for everyone involved.

3. Governance Benefits: Our company is committed to sustainability and social responsibility through robust governance practices which lead to improved decision-making, better outcomes for all stakeholders and quality assurance across our organisational activities.

II. ESG Policies

A. Corporate Governance
Corporate governance is the system of rules, practices, and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. Our corporate governance policies are in place to ensure that our company is being managed in an ethical and responsible manner. This section will provide an overview of corporate governance in place within Irish Trees.

The primary purpose of corporate governance is to protect the interests of shareholders and other stakeholders. This includes ensuring that decisions are made in the best interests of the company, that executive management is held accountable for their actions, and that all stakeholders have access to accurate information about the company’s performance. Additionally, corporate governance policies can help to ensure that the company complies with applicable laws and regulations.

Governance Principles will include

1. Board of Directors: The board of directors is responsible for the overall direction and management of the company. It is composed of individuals with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds who can provide independent oversight and guidance.

2. Executive Management: Executive management is responsible for implementing the decisions made by the board of directors. They are also held accountable for their actions by the board.

3. Shareholders: Shareholders must have a say in how the company is managed and have access to accurate information about the company’s performance.

4. Stakeholders: All stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers, and other interested parties, are taken into consideration when making decisions about the company’s operations.

5. Transparency: The company strives to be transparent in its operations and provide accurate information to shareholders and other stakeholders.

6. Accountability: The board of directors, executive management, and other key personnel are accountable for their actions by shareholders and other stakeholders.

7. Compliance: The company complies with all applicable laws and regulations in its operations.

B. Environmental Sustainability
Environmental sustainability is the practice of managing resources in a way that meets the needs of the present operations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It involves reducing waste, conserving energy, and using resources responsibly. Additionally, it involves taking steps to reduce pollution and mitigate the effects of climate change. Environmental sustainability is an important aspect of our business and is fundamentally taken into consideration when making decisions about how our organisation is positioned to grow over the coming years.

Minimising and managing key environmental impacts is fundamental to good environmental stewardship, and is core to acting as a responsible business. Irish Trees takes on the responsibility for spreading awareness, building environmental capacity via education offerings and providing opportunities to other businesses to offset their carbon footprint. Therefore, we focus on making changes in the following impact areas:

Digital Optimisation of our online presence for lowering our carbon footprint.

Articulating Land Skills Education offerings via communications campaigns.

Networking for partnerships and donations to support our rewilding project.

C. Social Responsibility
Social responsibility is the practice of taking into consideration the social, economic, and environmental impacts of decisions and actions. It involves taking steps to ensure that all stakeholders are taken into consideration when making decisions and that those decisions are made in a way that is beneficial for everyone involved. Additionally, it involves taking steps to reduce poverty and inequality, protect the environment, and promote ethical business practices. Social responsibility is an important concept that should be taken into consideration when making decisions about how to use resources.

A deep commitment to social responsibility is core to who we are as a company. We believe people are at the heart of our business as we strive to address Irish community needs both home and abroad, enticing a sense of belonging while serving the land. We strive to be an optimal partner, collaborator and employer to our workforce and clients, as well as to our communities.

We believe that developing appropriate people policies which focus on respecting and investing in employees will contribute towards an engaged and healthy workforce. Where possible we encourage to:

Provide flexibility to employees in managing their work-life balance;
Offer opportunities for learning and development;
Identify and invest in talent;
Operate open two-way communication with employees;
Ensure the health and safety of all employees.

D. Disclosure and Reporting on our ESG Statement

Disclosure and reporting is a key component of our ESG policy. We maintain a transparent process about our ESG practices and provide accurate information to customers and stakeholders. This includes providing detailed reports on our environmental and carbon impact, social responsibility initiatives, and corporate governance policies. We maintain regular updates on our progress in meeting our ESG goals, allowing our stakeholders to hold the company accountable for its actions and ensure that we are following through on its commitments. This is achieved by:

1. Developing a comprehensive ESG engagement strategy that outlines the company’s commitments to relevant stakeholders, customers and public sector actors

2. Establishing a system for collecting and tracking data related to ESG performance.

3. Regularly review and update our ESG policy in line with policy changes.

4. Ensure that all employees and partners understand and comply with the ESG policy.

5. Create a process for responding to feedback from stakeholders about the company’s ESG metrics.

6. Develop an internal audit system to ensure compliance with the ESG policy.

III. Implementation

A. Establishing Goals
When it comes to ESG, it is important to set goals that are measurable and achievable. These goals are based on the company’s values and aligned with its overall mission. Additionally, these goals are communicated to all stakeholders so that everyone is aware of what is expected.

B. Measuring Progress
Once goals have been established, it is important to measure progress towards those goals. This involves tracking metrics such as energy usage, waste production, and employee satisfaction. Additionally, it involves conducting surveys or interviews with stakeholders to gauge their opinion of the company’s progress.

C. Reporting Results
Once progress has been measured, it is important to report the results to all stakeholders. This involves publishing reports and providing updates on the company’s website, as well as additionally, holding meetings with stakeholders to discuss the results and solicit feedback.

D. Review and Adjustment
Finally, it is important to review and adjust the company’s ESG goals on a regular basis and update the ESG Statement. This involves evaluating the effectiveness of existing goals and making adjustments as needed, as well as setting new goals that are more ambitious and align better with the company’s values and mission.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Irish Trees is dedicated to delivering on our Sustainability commitments through close alignment and emphasis on the UN SDGs. We have chosen the 10 SDGs that best represents our vision for helping both people and the planet.

Implementation Plan
Our ESG Implementation Plan /  ESG Statement been designed and approved by the company’s leadership, board advisors and external consultants. The plan comprises a wider document, detailing the individual steps and considerations across operational and commercial activities including Health & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility.

AS well as an ESG Statement, Irish Trees have also aligned with 10 of the UN’s Sustainable Development goals and more can be read on that here.