Sustainable Development Charter
The Sustainable Development Charter is a voluntary network a network of businesses and organisation who are committed to improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of Wales.
Cynnal Cymru was commissioned by Welsh Government to grow and support the existing network and services. This included a review of the existing support, resources, reporting processes and mechanisms.
As part of this review 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.