Lotus Amity is committed to community engagement that is environmentally sustainable. Lotus Amity contributes 1% of annual revenue to charitable projects with a focus on the environment and human rights.
In 2018 we supported Renewable World. The charity supports the provision of affordable renewable energy services to improve incomes, health and education in the developing world.
In 2019 we supported Hattha Kaksekar Limited‘s green loan program. The program is designed to help improve living standards of poor and low-income people living in rural areas of Cambodia by giving them access to clean energy. Solar loans under this program allow poor families living off the grid to invest in solar home systems that can power lights, fans, radios, and mobile phones.
In 2020 we supported the Rainforest 4 Foundation and its acquisition of the Diwa lot 155 Cape Tribulation, in the Daintree Rainforest. A lowland tropical rainforest with Southern Cassowary and Bennetts Tree-kangaroo.
In 2021 we sponsored the incredible Rosie Swale Pope in her 6,000 mile run from the UK to Kathmandu at age 74. Rosie is raising money for PHASE and their wonderful work on improving the health, education and livelihoods of communities in Nepal.
Lotus Amity bank with Bank of Australia. Bank of Australia is a customer-owner, carbon neutral bank that invests to create positive social and environmental change. The bank doesn’t lend to the fossil fuel industry and loans are to subject to a responsible investment policy. As a customer with Bank of Australia, we are part-owner in a conservation reserve.
Green accounting. The stakeholders in Lotus Amity believe in operating an environmentally sustainable business leaving little or no footprint. The policies in place to minimise the environmental footprint include:
- Limiting travel to foot, bike or public transport
- Working with environmentally sustainable, locally based vendors
- Using cloud-based technology to offer a virtual, paperless service
- Using virtual meeting technology to avoid unnecessary travel
- Recycling all plastics, glass, and metal
- Eliminating the use of single-use disposable plastic items, such as plastic bags, cups, straws, and bottles
- Composting and worm farming biodegradable materials, such as paper, card and organic waste
- Using non-toxic janitorial and kitchen products
- Primarily a paperless office, all documents stored in the cloud
- Restricting printing to only essential items and using double-sided, low ink printing
- Using recycled office supplies, such as recycled paper
- Refilling and reusing ink cartridges
- Safely disposing of e-waste
- Monitoring and recording energy usage with targets
- Sourcing 100% of energy from low impact renewable sources
- Using high energy star appliances, automatic sleep modes, natural lighting, LEDs and no air conditioning
- No animal products used in the business