Our ethos

At CleanConscience, we believe in adding social and environmental benefit with every step that the business undertakes. We operate as both a charity and a social business in order to provide the best resource for our partners, supporters and beneficiaries. We have been fortunate to be grant funded in our foundation stage and are now moving toward being fully self-funding through our product and service sales. We work closely with our partners and trustees to create new opportunities for future growth and expansion of services.

Our ethos is supported by our four-part mission:

To reduce the huge quantity of waste soap and toiletries from the UK Hospitality Sector through recovery, redistribution and re-use;

To get soap and hygiene products into the hands of those that need it most;

To create volunteering opportunities, work placements, traineeships and employment opportunities for those on the margins of society; and

To partner with other organisations whose mission and vision is aligned with ours.

Along with our mission we actively support the following principles:

responsible consumption

The high end and medium range sector of the UK Hospitality Industry are throwing away more than 70 million bars of soap and 200 million travel sized toiletries every year*.

*SOURCE: British Hospitality: Trends & Developments 2012

tackling poverty in the UK

It is estimated that “…without action 1 in 3 children in the UK will be living in poverty by 2020.”*
UK food banks, shelters and drop in centres have a high demand for toiletries for their users.

As an example, St Mungo’s Broadway, a charity working in London and the South East of England, serves 25,000 people a year and they have found that when they supply toiletries, and other home comforts, to people in crisis it lifts the spirits of those involved.

*SOURCE: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

improving global sanitation

Across the globe 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation; it is estimated that, as a direct result 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year from pneumonia and diarrhoea worldwide*.
Hand washing with soap can reduce these deaths by 60%**.

*SOURCE: WHO – Ending preventable deaths from pneumonia and diarrhoea by 2025</ br>
**SOURCE: Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing

Watch this video to see the simple power of handwashing with soap:

disability confident

Nearly 7 million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. There has historically been a large gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people.
The Government’s Disability Confident campaign, launched in July 2013, is driving an initiative to get more physically and learning disabled people into employment.

*SOURCE: GOV.UK – Disability Confident Campaign

partnerships

Through partnering with and supporting other organisations, locally and globally, we are truly #makingadifference