Alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to provide a blueprint for peace and prosperity to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs or Global Goals are an urgent call to action for stakeholders in all countries to unite and address the environmental, economic and social imbalances that affect the world’s population and society.

These goals can only be achieved with the support of governments, businesses and individuals and, as the role businesses must play becomes clearer, the goals have developed into an increasingly important tool for assessing the impact of companies on society more comprehensively.

Our various stakeholders increasingly expect to see how we are contributing to the SDGs, specifically current/future colleagues, our customers and particularly investors. We have taken the opportunity to align our material sustainability issues ourselves with a global movement where governments, businesses and individuals contribute to the ambition of achieving prosperity for everyone, whilst protecting our planet for future generations. Therefore, Safestore has now joined a growing number of global organisations who are committed to supporting the SDGs.

Earlier this year we engaged an external agency to help us develop a sustainability strategy to enable the advancement of the SDGs as part of a globally recognised plan to end poverty, fight inequality and combat climate change.

We reviewed the significance of each goal to our business, the importance of each goal to our stakeholders and assessed our ability to contribute to each goal. Following this materiality exercise, we have chosen to focus the bulk of our efforts in the priority areas where we can have a meaningful impact. These are:
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 13: Climate action
We will also seek to progress towards specific aspects of the other SDGs where relevant to our business. is embedded into day-to-day responsibilities at Safestore and, accordingly, we have opted for a governance structure which reflects this. Two members of the Executive Management team co-chair a cross-functional sustainability group consisting of the functional leads responsible for each area of the business.

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