Earthprint was launched in 1999 as the official online bookshop of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Since then, other prominent international organizations have joined this initiative to provide a central location for environmental and agricultural official publications. The partnership of, SMI (Distribution Services) Ltd, (the parent company who fulfil all orders from the Hertfordshire 20,000 square feet warehouse) and Earthprint (sales and marketing division) combine to offer a reliable and highly efficient service to customers and clients alike.
EarthPrint currently offers publications from:
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
- Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
- Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Foundation (PROTA)
- The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
- Center for International Forestry Reasearch (CIFOR)
- The Earthprint library contains one off important environmental publications from a number of international organisations.
Our distribution policy aims to reduce our carbon footprint. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our working practises through continual review of our operations and products. We see this as on ongoing process and regularly review our activities. We subscribe to the following principles in our pursuit of sustainable development:
All of our staff are committed to ensuring that their working practices are as environmentally sound as possible. From only printing e-mails when absolutely necessary to recycling as many office bi-products as they can, we provide information and appropriate training for all staff.
When purchasing or outsourcing we look closely at our supplier’s environmental credentials and base our decisions on these activities as well as operational and financial criteria. Through doing this we hope to raise awareness of the importance of our environmental procedures and goals to all our stakeholders. We actively pursue open dialogue on environmental issues with our stakeholders at both national and international level.
We integrate environmental considerations into our core business activities. Environmental considerations are central factors in our investment decision, and we integrate sustainable development considerations into our corporate decision-making process. Therefore our environmental distribution policy means observing the mode of delivery in relation to client requirements and the environment i.e. for larger shipments we deliver by sea freight rather than by air, in order to deliver by the most environmentally friendly means possible. We regularly review our suppliers to ensure that they are doing what they can to help create an environmentally sound distribution policy.
We encourage responsible use, reuse and recycling of out products. We use the minimum packaging required in order to deliver our publications to customers in the best condition possible. This means that packages are as light as possible, which lowers carbon emissions during transportation, and it that there is less packaging to be disposed off once it has arrived at its destination. We aim to reduce our waste as much as possible and to promote the recovery; recycling and reuse of our products by helping our customers understand the environmental effects of our products throughout their life ycle.
We respect our publisher’s environmental policies and endeavour to co-operate with them in order to ensure that we follow their policies as closely as possible and promote environmentally friendly methods to them. We also engage with our partners in effective and transparent communication.
We operate in accordance with our corporate values and our principles of good business practice, carry out our operations responsibly and develop them in long-term cooperation with our partners.