The concept of sustainability is not unfamiliar to us here at Bow Arts. We have always operated in an environment of limited resources - and so too have our artists.
The definition of sustainable development is "to satisfy basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations" (Securing the Future – The UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy 2005). Looking after what we’ve got and ensuring it’s there for the next generation to enjoy is what it’s about, whether that is natural capital, like energy and food, or human capital, like health and knowledge.
Bow Arts’ business model is already financially sustainable, which means that we don’t rely on external funding in order to run our services. We have always been cautious of ‘buying in’ resources, whether they be material items or intangibles, like education and skills. In fact, we aim to take what we have and add value - increasing the resource pool, rather than depleting it.
Our board champion, Rajen Madan, continues to work with us to develop our business model and to incorporate sustainability into our long term strategic plans. On the ground, the Bow Arts Green Team ensure that ideas are put into action. The Green Team constitutes members from every department – we believe sustainability is relevant to all areas of our work.