In a rapidly changing world that makes detailed plans obsolete before they can be implemented; the same plans are often so generally stated as to require endless interpretation, in which case they are no plan at all, or they become so rigid that they diminish thought, obscure vision and muffle the advocacy of other more innovative views. Far better than precise plans is a clear sense of direction and guiding principles.

Morals and Ethics

We are morally and ethically obliged to preserve and protect our environment. It is the very foundation of a sustainable society. As ‘trustees’ we are obliged to act in a way that leaves our environment in a better state than we received it by not foreclosing options for the beneficiaries of tomorrow.

We acknowledge The Precautionary Principle:

‘When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the Precautionary Principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.’

We believe that the small things we do each day have a big impact on us and our future. Remember, to protect the best of what we have in the present for the present and the future, we must all continually change our thinking and our behaviour to some extent.

We acknowledge the Principle of Intergenerational Equity when making decisions.

‘The present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment is maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations.’

Activities that contribute to irreversible changes, or undermine Nature’s integrity, stability, and beauty – of which the consequences and cost burdens are unfairly placed on future generations, are nothing more than a form of remote tyranny.

Legal and regulatory compliance

In the way we conduct ourselves in business and in the field, it is our fiduciary duty to:

  • Be legally compliant and display ethically flawless conduct, especially constant adherence to all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Have fair, polite and respectful interaction with colleagues, business partners and the public

Display professionalism, fairness and reliability in all business dealings.


At GKEPS, we ‘Preserve and Protect’, and act accordingly. We emphasize environmental outcomes of management decisions. It’s the results, not the business structure, management hierarchy, or merely operational outputs that are apparent.

We bias decisions:

  • Against irreversible choices
  • In favour of protection to those especially vulnerable to our actions and choices
  • In favour of sustainable, rather than one-off benefits
  • Against causing harm, as opposed to merely forgoing benefits. The basic tenet of the Hippocratic Oath is, “First of all, do no harm.” It is an excellent test of how best to make a decision.

We understand and apply True Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as an interdisciplinary system of techniques for controlling invasive species that:

  • Has clear operational goals
  • Is practical and environmentally sensitive
  • Is attune to context and scale
  • Is based on sound ecological models and understanding
  • Understands complexity and interconnectedness
  • Recognises the dynamic character of ecosystems
  • Considers humans as ecosystem components
  • Integrates multiple objectives
  • Is sustainable long-term
  • Is periodically re-evaluated
  • Is adaptable and accountable

We shall

  • Respect and learn from the ecological wisdom of Nature with its multitude of beings
  • Protect the integrity of our fully functioning ecosystems
  • Not use agricultural practices in these fully functioning ecosystems
  • Minimise the impacts of our actions in the environment by using appropriate, low-impact, environmentally benign, technological practices
  • Only remove individual instances of Natural Capital when this removal will not interfere with a fully functioning ecosystem; when in doubt, we will do nothing
  • Recognise that Nature sustains us, we don’t sustain Nature
  • Understand that:
    • Nature knows best
    • Everything is interconnected
    • Everything goes somewhere
    • There is no ‘free’ lunch – what gets taken must be replaced
    • Community, consciousness, and intrinsic values permeate all of Nature
    • Nature tends towards abundance and flourishing.