Sustainable development is part of Green Office

WWF Green Office aims at sustainable development and combating climate change. The environmental programme helps offices meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the help of the Green Office environmental management system, offices have many ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the UN’s goals is to take account of environmental, human, and economic concerns. 

The Green Office programme is directly related to most of the SDGs. The practical measures we help you with pay particular attention to the goals relating to the environment and wellbeing, such as fighting climate change, conserving biodiversity, and developing sustainable forms of livelihood.

In addition, the annual fee for the Green Office network is used to fund WWF's work around the globe. WWF is an international organisation with many partners and a strong pedigree in global action. Green Offices are indirectly involved in supporting all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

WWG Green Office and the UN's sustainable development goals

Green Office encourages companies to promote the wellbeing of their personnel, for example by promoting everyday exercise and a good working atmosphere. Among other emphases of the programme are indoor air quality and ecological cleaning chemicals.
Naturally, water consumption is also taken into account in Green Offices. The environmental programme always includes at least one measure for reducing water usage. This could be, for example, using water-saving devices, or cutting water consumption through monitoring.
Energy conservation is an important part of Green Office, and is also one criterion of the programme. Green Office strongly recommends switching to renewable energy.
Green Office encourages business models that make sustainability a priority, with the understanding that economic growth can be compatible with caring for environment. Promoting sustainable production and consumption (e.g. through the FSC- and MSC-certifications) is also easier with Green Office.
Efficient resource use is easier with the aid of Green Office, as is the adoption of clean and environmentally friendly technologies and production processes. Sustainable production processes and innovations such as the rotation of economy and responsibility certificates (among them FSC and MSC) is more achievable through Green Office.
Green Office encourages the use of public and non-motorised transport instead of private cars. This contributes to the development of public transport systems. Waste treatment management contributes to the development of public waste recycling systems. Green Office also emphasises energy efficiency and sustainability in property management.
Among the means Green Office uses to encourage sustainable use of natural resources are recommendations and advice on switching to renewable energy and making energy savings. One Green Office criterion is procurement instructions that consider the ecological and ethical aspects of office supplies and other work-related products. Green Office requires annual reporting, which allows the model to be integrated into monitoring and reporting. The results can be put to use in corporate responsibility reporting.
Green Office aims to curb climate change by the most practical means, such as by reducing work commuting and energy emissions from offices. The programme increases staff knowledge of climate change and how to slow it.
Green Office recommends the use of WWF’s country guides on sustainable seafood, which help to ensure responsible consumption by favouring certified (MSC, ASC) fish products. Pollution of the seas can be prevented with the help of sorting and recycling of waste.
Another Green Office criterion is drawing up a responsible procurement manual. Green Office encourages companies to reduce consumption of paper, and favour responsibly produced (FSC-certified) paper products. We also recommend the use of other FSC-certified wood products in the office. Green Office promotes maintenance of biodiversity.
Green Offices throughout the world help to further sustainable development and support the UN’s common goals. The annual fees paid by Green Offices are used to support WWF's work. In this way, goals are met not only directly in offices through informed choices, but also indirectly, through WWF’s activities.
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