Sustainable development requires a holistic consideration of environmental, social and economic issues in the decision-making process and when we undertake our activities.
Taking a sustainable approach will encourage us to think more about the true value and costs of our activities and improve the impacts we might be having on the environment and society. By developing and delivering a sustainability strategy – a framework to structure your actions and commitments – that is relevant and proportional to your business, you are managing your impacts and demonstrating that you are serious about sustainability.
The Government’s sustainability strategies for the built environment outline clear targets for improvements and bodies such as BREEAM, CEEQUAL, and the Sustainable Facilities Management Index provide practical systems for measuring and reporting sustainability within projects. Aligning your strategy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) is a good way to demonstrate your commitment towards global sustainability targets.
Sustainability Strategy: Sustainability Short
This animation explains why your organisation might need a sustainability strategy and show you how to use your key drivers to develop one.
Engaging with the supply chain to deliver strategic sustainability
Landsec discuss how they engage with their suppliers to achieve their sustainability commitments, through their Build Well, Live Well, Act Well sustainability strategy, and their Supply Chain Commitment.
Sustainability Strategy: An Introduction – Learning Pathway
This self-enrol learning pathway contains beginner-level resources to provide you with an introduction to what a sustainability strategy is, why it’s beneficial for your organisation to have a strategy and how you can develop your own.
The resources will guide you through answering the following questions:
- Why must we consider sustainability?
- What exactly is a sustainability strategy?
- How is a sustainability strategy incorporated into wider business?
- Why is performance management important to deliver an effective sustainability strategy?
You will receive a badge on completion of all mandatory resources. You can complete the learning pathway in your own time.
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