Alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As a Group, we have continued to align our sustainability priorities with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) so that our actions can contribute to a greater collective impact. By striving to achieve our business goals, we will help solve a large set of societal challenges ranging from climate change to decent work and economic growth, and responsible consumption and production.

The SDGs or Global Goals are a call to action for stakeholders across all nations 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.
Our stakeholders increasingly expect us to demonstrate how we are contributing to the SDGs, specifically our investors, our customers and our current and prospective colleagues. Safestore is now one of a growing number of global organisations which are committed to supporting the SDGs and we continue to focus the bulk of our efforts in the priority areas where we can have meaningful impact.
  • 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.



Our suppliers

We realise that 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 using the SDGs as a shared framework for defining the way we work together (SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, which refers to the need for collaboration in pursuit of all the goals by the year 2030).

In 2021, we were proud to have been awarded the highest rating of five stars by Support the Goals, a global initiative that rates and recognises businesses that support the United Nations Global Goals. This rating is awarded to businesses which are publicly engaging suppliers in their efforts towards reaching the Global Goals.

Given that a significant amount of our environmental impact comes from our third party suppliers, we have worked hard to ensure a consistent evaluation of our supply chain in relation to internationally recognised Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) standards.

From our uniform providers and point of sale print and fulfilment to our merchandise partners and more, we have taken steps to co-ordinate, collaborate and convene with our suppliers and business associates as we work together towards achieving the SDGs most relevant to our business.

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.
As we are only as strong as our weakest supplier, our intention is to continue to demonstrate our commitment, actions and progress towards the SDGs, and encourage our suppliers to work towards achieving similar goals.


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