Sustainable Development Charter
The Sustainable Development Charter was a voluntary network a network of businesses and organisation who were committed to improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of Wales.
Building on Cynnal Cymru’s existing networks and experience, Cynnal Cymru was commissioned by Welsh Government to grow and support the Charter in line with the development of the Well-being of Future Generations Act (formly the Sustainable Development Bill). This included a review of the existing support, resources, reporting processes and mechanisms as well as providing opportunities and events to contribute to the development of the Act.
As part of this review process we identified the need to strengthen the yearly report system by introducing a standard Charter Challenge which required all new signatories to submit their Sustainable Development Policy within the first year. This helped to set a baseline from which the annual reporting could build on, allowing us to monitor achievements and progression more effectively.
As part of this re-development we also launched a strong and confident new brand identity, that included certificates and digital badges that signatories could use to demonstrate their commitment to the Charter. These new certificates have proved to be an effective communications tool, where signatories have proudly shared photos on line to demonstrate their commitment.
As part of the development of new tools and resources, a new website was also commissioned to provide a central hub for news, resources, case studies and a directory of signatories. The directory in particular, allows signatories to upload case studies and reports that demonstrate their individual achievements.
From September 2012 to March 2016 we signed up 260 new organisations including Arriva Trains Wales, National Theatre Wales, Brecon Carreg, Costain and BIFM (Wales). Overall 392 pioneering organisations have demonstrated their commitment to sustainable development by signing the Charter and are creating momentum for positive change.
July 2017 update – The Charter is currently inactive and under review following the establishment of the Office for the Commissioner of Future Generations, however Cynnal Cymru continues to work with businesses and organisations across Wales in supporting their sustainable development objectives. This is achieved through it’s Membership, training, consultancy and networking.