Alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) 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 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. Safestore has now joined a growing number of global organisations which are committed to supporting the SDGs.
 
We reviewed the significance of each goal to our business and 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 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • 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.

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Our suppliers

Our suppliers play an important role in our business, and we expect them to act ethically, and share in our commitments to maintain sustainable business practices.

We aspire to have a positive impact on the development of the world through co-operation and strengthened relationships with our suppliers, using the SDGs as a shared framework for defining the way we work together going forward. As a result of this, Safestore has worked towards SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals), which refers to the need for collaboration in pursuit of all the goals by the year 2030.

This year, Safestore was commended by Support the Goals, a global initiative that rates and recognises businesses that support the United Nations’ Global Goals. Its key aims are to raise awareness of the goals amongst businesses, and promote a structured approach to planning, target setting and reporting in relation to the goals.

We are proud to have been awarded the highest rating of five stars by Support the Goals, recognising Safestore as the third member of the FTSE 250 to achieve this. This rating is awarded to businesses which are publicly engaging suppliers in their efforts towards reaching the Global Goals.

Like most businesses, a significant amount of our environmental impact comes from our supply chain. We recognise that we need to take steps to co-ordinate, collaborate and convene with our suppliers and business partners as we work together towards achieving the SDGs most relevant to our business. Therefore, we engaged TBL Services, which helps organisations operate more sustainably, in our bid to involve our suppliers in our strategy setting, communications and reporting.

Working with our suppliers and business partners, our focus remains on:
  • creating decent workplaces which treat people fairly and with respect;
  • conducting business lawfully and with integrity; and
  • responsible sourcing, consumption and production.
We believe that individually we can have a positive impact but with partnerships we can do even better. Our intention is to continue to demonstrate plans, commitments, actions and progress towards the SDGs, and encourage our suppliers to work towards achieving similar goals.

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