Stylecraft has formed part of a collective group of Australian businesses, that have banded together to urge the Federal Government to remain focused on the need for a sustainable future as it creates policies to aid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter issued to the Prime Minister this week, Stylecraft and corporate and industry peers have called for the Government to use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for policies that would strengthen the economy and ensure “a better future for all”.
The SDG’s exist to provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world — laying out a road map of where we collectively need to go and how to get there. The initial goals include: zero waste to landfill and incineration; zero discharge of hazardous pollutants and chemicals; 100% sustainable material inputs that are renewable, recyclable or reusable; science-based emissions reduction in line with a 1.5°C pathway; 100% resource recovery, with all materials and products recovered and recycled or reused at end of use and land degradation neutrality including zero deforestation.
Stylecraft’s Sustainability & Social Responsibility Leader, Jacqui Wagar, discussed that “As a result of the global pandemic, there’s going to be a lot of change in our industry in the future. We believe that collectively we need to embed in that change the goal of shared success for all and are in a unique position to use the SDGs as the basis for a socially just and green recovery.”
Other signatories to the letter include Optus, Pacific Hydro, IKEA Australia, Country Road Group, ANZ and World Vision and was co-ordinated by the Global Compact Network Australia – the local network of the UN Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.