Owning my own business provides the opportunity to act on my ethical principles.
Giving What I Can Update
Last year I wrote a post about how I decided to donate 2.5% of my income to organisations. after learning more about the Effective Altruism movement. I've recently changed things around a little bit, I now donate a percentage of my business profit to the same organisations. After discovering an old friend of mine had made the 10% pledge, it nudged me to explore ways to increase my giving.
Current allocation of donations
Keeping with the balance of donating with head and heart - 50% of my donations went to organisations measured by third parties on their effectiveness, the other 50% on causes that are close to my heart.
Using my head
Using my heart
It was a bit of a faff, I tried to do it all in one go, blocked my card and went round in circles. But I'm really proud of this contribution I've made, I am waiting on final figures but I have donated between 9-11% of my annual profit. That feels good.
Offsetting my air miles
I took a number of flights in the last 12 months roughly equating to 6.41 carbon tonnes (the average carbon footprint per person for the UK is 8.5, based on 2012 data). I offset this by donating to Cool Earth - who support forest communities to provide alternative incomes to deforestation. I am looking to reduce my air miles in the near future.
Paying for my media
As a matter of principle, this is of growing importance to me and I have incorporated it into my business ethic.
A quick thank you to those who have offered their support or provided an ear during my wobbly moments.
Watch this space!
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