Speaking to signatories of the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Development Charter, Communities Minister Jeff Cuthbert today outlined how the Charter is being relaunched to provide more practical support and advice to its 155 members.

The Minster said: “Sustainable development involves putting in place structures, systems and processes that are right for the present day but also prepare us for the future. It draws on science, economics and social knowledge and at its best applies creativity, exploration and innovation.

“I want to reaffirm the importance that our approach to sustainable development has for the Welsh Government, its relevance for Wales and the role that the Charter network plays,” he added.

Members include leading business names such as BT, Tata Steel and Marks and Spencer, key public sector organisations including British Waterways and Cardiff University, and voluntary organisations such as the National Trust and Keep Wales Tidy.

Organisations will be encouraged to collaborate around themes such as skills, tackling poverty, good growth and climate change.

“Currently, every Charter signatory sets an annual challenge for their organisation but we think there are wider benefits if joint, collaborative challenges are set. This will encourage organisations to pool their expertise, build strong relationships and deliver great results” added Cuthbert.

Leigh Stringer

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