ACEVO is calling on third sector leaders to make reducing
their organisation’s carbon footprint a priority.
To aid this transition ACEVO has launched The Sustainability
Challenge: implications for chief executives in the third
sector which examines the role of third sector chief
executives in implementing environmentally sustainable practices
in their organisation.
ACEVO believe that delivering sustainability is fundamental
to improved leadership and a healthy future for the third
At the most basic level sustainability involves the integration
of social, environmental and economic concerns to meet society’s
needs now and in the future.
Acevo says it is not just about ‘going green’
or maintaining funding in a fragile economic climate, it
is about realising the best opportunities with the resources
you have and delivering on long-term responsibilities to
those you work with and your supporters.
“Third sector leaders don’t often see sustainability
as a priority in their role. But no organisation can afford
to put this matter off, which is why we are trying to encourage
our members and all leaders in the sector to start putting
a sustainability strategy in place”, said Stephen
Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO.
There are increasing external pressures for third sector
organisations (TSOs) to start getting a strategy in to place.
Funders are now expecting those they support to prove their
sustainability credentials and those procuring services
from TSOs are increasingly expected to deliver on sustainability
targets and passing this on down their supply chain.
It isn’t only external pressure that should incentivise
leaders to implement sustainability practices in their organisation,
there are substantial benefits they can bring. Assessing
your impact and improving performance can lead to huge savings.
BTCV recently achieved 40% saving in energy costs. This
has released resources for core activities as well as improving
their environmental impact.
Tom Flood, chair of ACEVOs Sustainability SIG, said: “There
is an increasing awareness that third sector organisations
need to deliver on the sustainability agenda, particularly
now DEFRA, DECC and OTS have announced their ministerial
task force. ACEVO is committed to leading the sector in
this direction and providing the resources which will help
CEO’s take their organisations on this journey.”