Community and Strategic Engagement Themes
- Active Citizenship - empowering communities, building capacity, increasing participation and sustainable outcomes, including jobs and skills, for local people.
- Healthy Living and Quality of Life - increasing well-being, creativity, diversity and reconnecting with nature, creating opportunities to improve life chances.
- Food and Drink - supporting local sourcing of food, biodiversity, ethical purchasing, fair trade and food growing andproducing, good diet, cooking and baking.
- Energy Concerns and Climate Change - advocating and helping enable resilience to the impacts of climate change and reduction of green house gas emissions.
- Waste and Resource Use - encouraging circular economy, systems and design thinking and LCA, encouraging reduce, re-use, recycling and promotion of more durable goods.
- Support Responsible Business - encourage a sharing economy, considerate consumerism, purchasing local, organic, ethical and fairly traded goods.
In addressing these overlapping themes we strive to lead by example with our own SD management/operational policies and practices and also advocate/encourage this behaviour amongst those we work with. We also seek, whenever possible,to aid in the development of sustainable social enterprises.
This can include everything from running national awareness campaigns on issues such as purchasing real nappies, encouraging citizen involvement in local decision-making and community action, hosting artistic performances and producing DIY guides like selecting energy efficient light bulbs.
Our ethical shop SUSSED Wales ensures the local community can access local, green, ethical and fairly traded goods.
We recruit volunteers and assign them experienced mentors from within our team. We encourage them to develop the skills and resources required to work on the challenges that they feel most strongly about, turning their lifestyle ideals into meaningful action.
Our volunteering program has the added bonus of increasing the wellbeing, skills, confidence and self esteem of the participants.
We align our activities with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
'Transforming Our World' - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The United Nations 2000 Millennium Development Goals have been superseded by 17 Sustainable Development Goals - 'Transforming Our World - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the autumn of 2015, countries adopted a new sustainable development agenda and a global agreement on climate change in the ambitious aim to end poverty, hunger and assure gender equally while building a life of dignity for all over the next 15 years.
“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit in September 2015.
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.