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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