Our mission is to change the world – since we started in 2011 we have set out to build a better, more sustainable alternative to the current food system, one which works in favour of people and communities rather than multinational corporations.
From the very start, we have had considerations about our impact at the heart of everything we do, from the choices we make about the produce in our veg boxes through to the ways we 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 launched an impact assessment project in January 2020 which established systems to collect existing data, as well as working with customers, staff and suppliers through the use of surveys and interviews, to find out more about our social, economic and environmental impacts.
During spring 2020 we ran a survey looking at our social impact using tools developed by Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, exploring more about why people choose to connect with us, how they perceive our mission, and the results of their relationship with Locavore. The results and analysis are available here.
To identify our economic impact, in autumn 2020 we conducted a research exercise based on the New Economics Foundation’s LM3 tool, tracing what happens to money spent by customers in our Govanhill shop. You can find the full results here.
To assess one significant aspect of our environmental impact, we mapped the CO2(e) outputs from our vegbox delivery scheme across the year, gathering information about the driver-owned vehicles being used, and mapping changes as we introduced electric vans in summer 2020. This showed that during a period of massive demand with a 70% increase in monthly deliveries (comparing 2019 – 2020) we also reduced our CO2(e) emissions per delivery by 69%. These results are included in our 2020 Impact Report. In June 2021 we published our Carbon Baseline, in the first step towards our plan for carbon negative status by March 2023, which you can read more about here.
The project launched shortly before the first Covid-19 lockdown and was also able to gather information from customers about the impact on their lives, in particular their shopping, cooking and consumption behaviours. We produced this information sheet summarising the results.