As a social enterprise which exists to build more sustainable food systems, we put considerations about our impact at the heart of pretty much everything we do, from the choices we make about the produce in our veg boxes through to the ways we aim to reduce the waste that is generated.
Despite this we have never previously had the capacity to properly measure or monitor the impact we have, nor the progress we are making towards our aims, in any great detail. Thanks to a grant from the Real Farming Trust we have now launched an impact assessment project which is looking across all of our activities to pull together existing data and assess our current performance in relation to our social, economic and environmental impact.
The initial outcomes for this project include researching our social impact using tools developed by Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience which will include a survey and focus groups with customers, staff and producers, exploring more about why people choose to connect with us, how they perceive our mission, and the results of their relationship with Locavore. The main survey for this stage is now live, and you’ll find more details plus a link here.
To identify our economic impact we will be conducting an exercise based on the New Economics Foundation’s LM3 tool, which looks at the money spent with us, how much of it we spend with local people and local businesses, and then how much they spend locally, increasing the overall benefit to the local economy of every pound spent with us.
The assessment of our environmental impact will look at existing data including the way we handle waste and recycling, our use of renewable energy supplies, and the way we deliver our veg boxes, as well as our land management practices and the impact of the agroecological farming methods we use for our own produce.
Alongside these primary outcomes, we are running surveys and activities to find out more about our customers and staff, and the way we fit into their lives. Ultimately we will produce a report covering the findings from the full project, but there will also be updates about individual pieces of work which we will add to this section of the website and which will be promoted through our Facebook and twitter channels.
If you have questions about our work which you think could be looked at through this project, let us know using this form and we’ll try our best to incorporate them.