On the 25th September 2015 all 193-Members of the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.
The goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
PRISM Alba has taken these ambitious goals and working with a bias towards the Triple Bottom Line principle, which seeks to balance financial growth with corporate responsibility, short-term gains with long-term profitability, and shareholder return with other stakeholder interest, has created the National Green Standard Award (NGSA). In essence the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals lie at the heart of a NGSA, which has taken the ethos of these goals as the basis for a framework that is pragmatic and aspirational.
The NGSA is no less ambitious than the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and its development will contribute to a more sustainable world. The Scottish Government is no less ambitious and published its draft climate change plan on 19th January 2017 Tackling Climate Change to take its commitments to tackling climate change as set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act (2009) even further. This ambition requires a minimum 42% cut in emissions by 2020 (including international aviation and shipping) and defines annual emission targets from 2010-2050.
So how can your organisation help and be recognised for your efforts at the same time?
Register today for a NGSA and begin the journey toward a Green or Gold Award. We will be with you every step of the way, guiding you on your journey of good practice whilst supporting the shift towards a circular economy. We cannot continue to build our future on a ‘take-make-dispose’ model and organisations need to use resources in a smarter, more sustainable way.
Once you have registered online for the award you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and then be connected with your personal assessor. This assessor will bring experience, knowledge and networks to ensure the assessment is a journey towards achieving recognition for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally friendly working practices. The assessor will use visitation, interviews and observation to combine hard assessment metrics with “softer” interview based data collection to gather the information needed to verify that your organisation meets the award criteria. You will then receive a comprehensive report and Action Plan to help you improve your organisation further and by displaying the NGSA logo you demonstrate to customers, staff and competitors that you are committed to looking after your people, the planet and investing your profits wisely.
To start your journey today towards the National Green Standard Award CLICK HERE.