Here at Spitalfields, we’ve always been huge on sustainability, and our core mission is to give back. Whether it’s to collaborate with local charities and support them through fundraising, give back to our tight East London community through the means of events and activity here in the market, or giving back to our planet. Below are just some of the ways we are playing our part in moving towards a sustainable future.

Environment

94%

Waste Recycled

30%

Food Waste

38%

Plastics

15%

Glass

11%

Cardboard

6% contaminated waste goes to Waste For Energy, producing enough energy to power 31 homes for a year & boil 51,471 kettles for an hour

Zero to Landfill Policy: Our electric tug collects all the waste around the estate

ISO 14001 Sets the standards for Environmental Management Systems

The Estate has been accredited with ISO 14001 since 2010 ensuring we can demonstrate our commitment to protecting the environment

Key Statistics

0% to Landfill

100% materials

recycled or repurposed

Key Benefits

THIS MONTH PAST 12 MONTHS

Trees saved

124 307

CO2 tonnes saved

16 41

Energy produced (KWH)

10,713 29,447

Street Food for Thought

Last year we gave away 1,000 free reusable lunchboxes to local workers to reduce the need for single-use packaging. We also encourage visitors to bring their own lunchboxes with a tasty 10% off participating food trucks.

Top Tables

Spitalfields table tops are fabricated from a plastic wood alternative called Manticore which is made from 100% recycled plastic

Spitalfields teamed up with #LoveNotLandfill Clothes Bank Project working with fashion bloggers during London Fashion Week, encouraging followers to donate old items to the clothes bank

We also work with Sky Ocean Rescue with an aim to educate visitors and occupiers on how to tackle single-use plastic and inspire change

Recycling stations are dotted around the market and clearly marked for plastic, paper and general waste

During 2018/19 Spitalfields replaced all lighting for LED low energy lighting culminating in utility savings to the estate service charge.

Social

We love to support and facilitate community engagement. The Spitalfields Estate Management Team work closely with a wide range of local community groups and charitable organisations to deliver a free public events programme, incorporating music, theatre, dance, art and charitable fundraising within our public spaces celebrating the rich local history and ever evolving character of the area. See our events and Community Partners below:

Community Partners

Swing Patrol

Swing Patrol is an enthusiastic community of over 1,500 swing dancers featuring a first-class teaching team, four award winning performance troupes, a dedicated admin and volunteer team who deliver a year-round programme of dance classes in London and Brighton.

Swing Patrol have been regular fixtures of the Spitalfields Community event programme since 2011 and highlights of their tenure include a successful Guinness World Records Attempt, the annual London Swing Festival and their much loved free social dancing sessions on Bishops Square for dancers of all ages and abilities.

swingpatrol.co.uk

Providence Row

East London charity tackling the root causes of homelessness through mental health, drug and alcohol services, advice and support and learning and training programs.

The charity host regular fundraisers including carol singing with performances from local school children in the run up to Christmas.

Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service

THAMES work with schools and groups, providing arts and music education activities for every child and young person (up to 18yrs) living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

MOLA

MOLA is an archaeology and built heritage practice and independent charitable company registered with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, providing a wide range of professional archaeological services to clients in London and across the country.

The Spitalfields Estate proudly hosts the MOLA Time Truck, a mobile classroom offering children (and adults) the opportunity to see artefacts uncovered from a variety of archaeological digs. In recent years the artefacts have been found during the extensive Cross Rail development and offer a real slice of London history for pre-booked groups and drop in visitors alike.

Kitchenette Carts

Social Enterprise Kitchenette Carts served a menu of seasonal Vietnamese street food at our Lamb Street Food Market.

The project trained young adult ex-offenders on the food truck, supporting them into careers in food, and to set up their own food businesses. This was achieved through a combination of real work experience on our food truck, intensive 1:1 mentorship and training with some of London’s best food businesses. The trading pitch and utilities were provided free of charge equating to an annual rent of £32,000.

RSPCA

The RSPCA host fundraising and sponsorship events at Spitalfields, typically during the festive period. The activations typically involve rescue animals and games for the public to participate in.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has been at the forefront of conservation in Kenya for over 40 years. Best known for its Orphans’ Project, the charity has pioneered the rescue and rehabilitation of milk dependent orphaned elephants. More than 262 orphans have been successfully raised, with over 160 of them now living wild once more. The Trust’s commitment to each orphan lasts a lifetime and, working with local partners, they undertake anti-poaching operations, aerial surveillance, veterinary interventions, community outreach programs and initiatives to secure habitats; interconnected projects focused on securing a future for all wild animals.

Donated over £40K through the use of on-site equipment such as the PA system, chairs, Arts Market panels, market stalls and on-site storage

Raised over £16,000 directly from events taking place on the Estate with additional funds generated via social media promotions and online campaigns

Collaborated with 27 different charitable/ non-profit organisations to produce the Spitalfields Community Event programme

Hosted 84 free community events across 140 days

Community Food Drive

Spitalfields Estate has a longstanding relationship with the LBTH local authority and as a community partner, we are always keen to explore ways in which we can support local charitable initiatives. This has never been more vital than in the current climate.

Local charity SOUL have been working hard since the start of lockdown to provide vulnerable individuals and families with meals.

Their current scheme redistributes surplus food from restaurants and food operators in the Spitalfields area to those in need. This reduces food waste and helps feed those in need which I’m sure you can agree is positive for all parties.

Should you wish to participate in the scheme, every Tuesday at 4pm volunteers will collect any surplus food from your respective units then arrange distribution in the local area. Food/ meals donated to the scheme should be portioned in containers as they would usually be served to customers. We do hope as many of our food operators as possible will consider participating in this worthwhile community venture, even if the numbers are low, it all helps.

Community Liaison

We want to hear what people say about Spitalfields. Since 2000, we engage in regular public consultation and workshops which include representatives of all the local residents, businesses and interest groups. Through these meetings, many of the visible features and public uses of the Spitalfields Estate have been evolved.

The Agenda items for these meetings are typically:

Events / Security / Anti-Social Behaviour / Environment / Noise / Planning and Licensing / Waste

Placemaking

After 18 years of sensitive preparation and wide-scale public consultation, the Spitalfields Estate regeneration programme completed. Since then, we have overseen Spitalfields’ development from an ambitious new development, to one of the most visited attractions in London, and a vibrant hub for occupiers, visitors, and the local community.

Crucial to this success has been our holistic approach to management and fully embracing the wider community. The introduction of the various markets, the street food offering, the community & charitable event programme, the rolling public art programme & seasonal activities combined with the security and police partnership and stakeholder contribution have all contributed to help create a sense of place and incorporate the scheme into the local community, critical to the establishment of Spitalfields as a destination to live, work and play.

2019/2020

More Spitalfields: Digital Screens, Spitalfields App

2019/2020

Continued planning for development of Market Street & Lamb Street

2018

Spitalfields new brand identity and website launches

2018

Work planned to start on development of Market Street & Lamb St

2017

Installation of HVM (Hostile Vehicle Mitigation) following vehicle borne terrorist attacks around Europe

2016

Our amazing Street Food Truckers were introduced to Lamb Street

2015

Spitalfields is rated the Number one for attractions in London by TripAdvisor

2013

ISO 14001 achieved 95% recycling rates across the estate

2013

Spitalfields builds on the success of the Community Engagement Programme and raises a total of £431,769 for charities

2011

Spitalfields creates a £45,000 commissioning prize aimed at facilitating the support and nurturing of talented artists within the medium of outdoor site-specific Installations. The commission is designed to enable interaction with local schools and educational groups

2009

Spitalfields Management Team gains ‘Volunteer Team Winners’ at the ELBA (East London Business Alliance) Awards

2008

Spitalfields wins ‘Best Partnership In Regeneration’ at The English Partnership Awards and ‘Best Practice in Regeneration’ at the BURA Awards

2007

Spitalfields wins ‘Best New Public Space’ at the London Planning Awards. Spitalfields Arts Market launches

2006

Allen & Overy occupy office space in Spitalfields

2005

Spitalfields Regeneration programme completed. Spitalfields wins ‘Best Build Project Contributing to London’s Future’ at the London Planning Awards. ‘Spitalfields Traders Market’ launches

84

Events over 140 days

49

Total organisation collaborations

£400,000

Raised for charities to date

£40,470

Contributed by Spitalfields to the Estate

466

Hours of staff time per week

Social Strategy

Our goal is to showcase how vibrant and unique this area of East London is, and why it’s a must visit destination for tourists and locals alike. Not only is that reflected in the market, but online too, showcasing the incredible talent of our market traders, mouth-wateringly delicious food trucks and restaurants and our big brand labels in store. We commit to growing a loyal following with dedicated daily engagement, aligning ourselves with fellow London markets, collaborating with our retailers to run competitions, sharing UGC from our visitors as well as jumping on trending topics in order to boost Spitalfields’ visibility and reach.

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Governance

Diversity & Inclusion

Spitalfields is committed to supporting the principle of equal opportunities, and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, pregnancy, marital or civil partnership status, disability, religion, belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socio-economic status. Our aim is to create an environment free from unlawful discrimination, victimisation and harassment in which all employees, subcontractors, tenants and visitors are treated with dignity and respect. All employees and service partners are aware of the requirements of our Diversity and Inclusion policy and care is taken to guard against more subtle and unconscious forms of discrimination which may not be immediately obvious. The policy extends to our Market Traders code of conduct and is fundamental to creating an inclusive and welcoming destination for tenants and visitors alike.

 

Modern Slavery

We at Spitalfields expect all our suppliers and service partners to comply with our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking code of conduct. A rigorous Global Supplier procurement procedure is in place and there is a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We consistently review and strengthen our processes and systems to minimise the risk of human rights infringements anywhere in our supply chain.

Full policies available upon request.

Throughout the year Spitalfields gets involved with sustainability initiatives at every level. Find out more about these through the blog posts on this site.