Making positive improvements for people and the planet


29 May 2020

IMAGE: A young girl looking at the worldOptivo aims to ‘think globally and act locally’ and has recently made a commitment to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These goals will align with our Strategic Plan 2020-25 and help us assess our contribution to global targets.

There are 17 global goals which were introduced by the United Nations in 2015.

The goals are a response to a call for action urging all countries to work in international partnership to achieve the blueprint for “a better and more sustainable future for all”.

As one of the largest housing associations in the UK, we have a responsibility to take the lead on making positive improvements for people and the planet.

We believe meeting the SDGs promotes our corporate social responsibility, improves investor confidence and attracts new talent to the organisation. We can also demonstrate to residents that we care about impacts we have on the environment and the community.

There are ten of the 17 goals where we are making a direct impact and where we can measure our performance. We can also report annually on the other seven indirect impacts. We’ll use data collected through our SHIFT environmental management KPIs to measure our progress. This way we can work towards achieving continuous improvement.

These are:

Direct impact:

• Goal 1: No Poverty
• Goal 2: Zero Hunger
• Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
• Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
• Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
• Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
• Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
• Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
• Goal 13: Climate Action
• Goal 15: Life on Land

Indirect Impact:

• Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
• Goal 4: Quality Education
• Goal 5: Gender Equality
• Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
• Goal 14: Life below water
• Goal 16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
• Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

* For more information about the UN SDGs, please click here.

* For more information about Optivo’s approach to meeting the UN SDGs, please email Optivo’s Head of Energy and Environment, Diana Lock, at