Octego announces sustainability goals

Blackpool-based energy consultancy Octego has published its sustainable development goals, which include caring for its workforce and helping to keep local beaches clean.

The goals align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals or SDGs, which have been implemented to tackle extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030.

The 17 UN goals were agreed by 193 world leaders in 2015, who called for the support of governments, businesses and individuals.

While Octego's objectives cover the full range of goals, there is a particular focus on the three which match closest to its current position, including its recent accreditation as a Living Wage Employer, a programme to promote mental health in the workplace and activities to help keep Blackpool’s beaches clean.

Roy Bidder, head of operations for Octego, said: "With only 10 years to go until 2030, businesses really need to get behind the Global Goals now.

Businesses really need to get behind the Global Goals now.

"As a full-service energy consulting firm serving the UK’s largest energy users, we’re ideally positioned to contribute to goal 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy. We are also committed to providing our employees with excellent working conditions and minimising the use of our planet’s finite resources, so our plan also includes a focus on goal 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth, and goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production.”

By publicly listing its business on the Support the Goals website, Octego has achieved a maximum four-star accreditation from the initiative. In 2020, it plans to become a certified B Corporation - a rigorous certification awarded to businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental performance, as well as accountability and transparency.

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