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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Our ethical values

Our ethics

Bees for Development strives to take a scientifically-informed approach to all our work.  This permeates all that we do. 

We support beekeeping that protects bee populations and their habitat.  We do not support beekeeping practices that are cruel.  We do not support beekeeping or any other practices that do not contribute to sustained, intact bee populations and habitat.

We strive to be impartial, and take this ethical approach to all that we do and publish. 

We have never accepted funds from organisations or sources that would require us to compromise these ethics.

Examples of our approach in action

The essence of our effort is to improve the livelihoods of people by means of good care for bees.

From the foundation of our organisation in 1993 we have argued in favour of simple, sustainable beekeeping practises.

This is reflected in our logo, a simple hive hanging within a tree. 

On all our training courses we teach beekeeping based on approaching the honey bee colony as a superorganism. 

We continuously strive for beekeeping practices that are best for bees and support people well too.

We teach care and respect for bees.

At our offices we reuse and recycle as far as we can.  For example, almost all of our office furniture is second-hand.

In our shop in Monmouth, we do not sell products containing palm oil, or animal products other than bee products.

All Bees for Development Workshops and Symposia, since our foundation in 1993 have been vegetarian.

When we organise fund raising events, for example our 2017 London Summer Bee Garden Party, catering is vegan.

All of our employees and volunteers adhere to these principles. 

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Bees for Development Trust is the working title of The Troy Trust, Registered Charity 1078803
Registered Address: 1 Agincourt Street, Monmouth, NP25 3DZ, UK
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