Wild Oats operates within a set of ethical and social guidelines:
Promoting healthy lifestyles
We provide healthy, natural and highly nutritious foods, organic wherever possible, vitamins, minerals and supplements, natural skin and beauty care products, and environmentally-friendly household goods. (We produce dietary advice and other information sheets to help customers make healthy choices – downloadable from our website.) We carefully choose products that have undergone minimal processing and are good for the health of the planet as well as our own well-being. We aim to provide an alternative to the steady trend towards highly processed foods in the West.
Supporting local producers & suppliers
We aim to support local producers and suppliers wherever possible, believing that local is best for our own individual health as well as the health of a sustainable community. We also accept and promote the use of the local Bristol Pound as part of our commitment to growing community.
Over the years we have helped small businesses to start up by being amongst the first shops to stock their produce or by providing recipes and information on compliance with local legislation for example. Back in the eighties we helped fund and launch what eventually became Cauldron Foods and later we helped Source Foods get off the ground.
Committed to fair and sustainable trade
We are concerned that much of world trade is to the disadvantage of poorer nations, and has a direct impact on people’s lifestyle and health. We aim to trade in a manner that supports a sustainable world environment and economy. We trade preferentially in products that follow the fair trade ethos, ensuring good working conditions and fair prices for farmers and workers in developing countries.
Since 2014, we have been GOLD award winners in the Fairtrade Business Awards.
Providing environmentally friendly packaging and refills
We are concerned about the large-scale disposal of inorganic waste, and we offer products which in themselves and in their packaging produce minimum impact on the environment. We support suppliers that encourage recycling of their packaging; for example, if you bring back a Viridian supplement container you will receive 25p. We also have whole sections of the store dedicated to refills (laundry liquid, washing up liquid, shampoos, soaps and more) and scoop & weigh food, saving on packaging and providing substantial savings to our valued customers.
We provide paper bags for our scoop & weigh section and give discounts to those bringing their own re-usable containers. We provide biodegradable carrier bags for 10p, encouraging the re-use of plastic or cloth bags, and we supply cardboard boxes to carry purchases away free of charge.
Ensuring secure employment and equal opportunities
We aim to provide secure employment for all our employees. We believe that all should have an equal opportunity to undertake paid work. We consider all applications for jobs equally without prejudice to race or nationality.
We pay the Living Wage as a minimum.