Both organisations will now benefit from the knowledge and experience of some of the leading thinkers and practitioners of sustainable development in Wales. They will also put themselves at the heart of key debates and discussions on sustainable development policy, which is particularly relevant at a time when the Welsh Government is considering how it might legislate across the public sector to create a stronger commitment to sustainable development.
The roll call of members has grown significantly since the network launched in May 2010. Organisations that have signed up to the SD network come in all shapes and sizes and hail from a variety of sectors. They include:
- major multinationals such as Sharp electronics UK, Lloyds TSB and Carillion Plc
- key public sector organisations such as the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, British Waterways and Cardiff University; and
- high profile voluntary organisations like the National Trust, Keep Wales Tidy and Wales Millennium Centre
Speaking about the SD networks continuing success, John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, said:
“Our SD Charter urges organisations to put sustainability at the heart of their development and ensure that their decisions promote the long term, sustainable wellbeing of people and communities.
“I am delighted that such a wide range of organisations across Wales have shown their commitment to sustainable business and decision-making by signing up to our Charter. I urge other organisations in Wales to follow their sustainable lead.”
Dr Rosetta Plummer, Director of the National Botanic Garden of Wales outlined why they had signed the Charter:
“As the National Botanic Garden of Wales, our guiding principles are conservation, education and inspiration; and just as our work is committed to understanding and helping stop the loss of biodiversity and habitats, so, too, are we obliged to behave and act responsibly and sustainably in all that we do. Our aim in our outreach, public engagement and learning activities is to become an exemplar of the ways in which we all, by making fundamental and incremental changes to how we live our lives, can make a positive contribution to the sustainability agenda. We are delighted to be a signatory to the Charter”