1b. Affirm faith in the inherent dignity of all human beings and in the intellectual, artistic, ethical, and spiritual potential of humanity.

Photo: Gavin Starks

People are waking up to the opportunity that they personally have for making the world a place to live in. They no longer have to imagine a barrier between the ‘hard headed’ persona they are at work and the caring person they like to think of themselves as in their private lives.

Our aim is for people to take their hearts with them to work – not leave them hanging on the coat peg to be put back on at the end of the day.

Suzy Edwards, Director of Business Development, Embercombe

I really believe that food stores should be a central part of our community, just as food is such a central part of our lives.

Our experience at Embercombe of working the land, harvesting, preparing, cooking and serving wonderful fresh food was an amazing experience for our team, one which really helped deepen our connection with food.

Andrew Thornton, Thornton’s Budgens

Our aim is for people to take their hearts with them to work

Embercombe is a peaceful working retreat in Devon that runs a range of courses and events for everyone from school children to business leaders. By living on the land, even for a short time, people are inspired to radically shift awareness, values, and behaviour.

Embercombe has recently designed and facilitated courses for the management team of Thornton’s Budgens, a unique supermarket group in North London whose vision is to “truly serve the heart of the community through the celebration of great food and inspiring business practice.” The company was the first retailer in the world to grow its own fruit and vegetables on its roof, as well as the first in the UK to put doors on all its chillers to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions.

1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.