Keeping Our Creative Space Sustainable By Meeting The SDGs: Spenbeck’s Social Goals
Here at Spenbeck, we are committed to meeting the UN’s SDGs, providing sustainable creative space in which companies can thrive. In our second blog post exploring how are achieving these targets, we outline how we are working towards the UN’s social sustainability goals.
What are the SDGs?
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established in the United Nation’s 2015 General Assembly, are essentially a blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. They address numerous global challenges humanity faces including poverty, inequality, climate change and more. These 17 goals, intended to be achieved by the year 2030, summarise the steps we need to take to create a better world for ourselves.
These goals have been set not just for governments, but for every company, business and community, meaning we all have a key part to play. Spenbeck are committed to helping our tenant businesses meet their SDG goals by providing sustainable and inclusive creative space in Nottingham’s Lace Market, all near local transport links, providing a physical environment in which businesses can flourish.
In our recent survey ‘Generation Z and Workplace Sustainability’, 85.7% of participants agreed that businesses should implement the SDGs as much as possible. SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) play a key role in the economy, contributing to economic growth and employment. As a result, we are hoping to set an example and lead the way in effectively integrating the SDGs into our business.
In this blog, the second in a series exploring how are aiming to achieve the UN’s 17 SDGs, we explore how Spenbeck are meeting the UN’s social sustainability goals.
Spenbeck and Social Sustainability
Spenbeck aims to meet as many of the SDGs as possible. We have split these into three pillars: Environmental, Economic and Social.
Social sustainability is defined by UN Global Contact as ‘identifying and managing business impacts, both positive and negative, on people.’ Below, we explore some of the methods we are using to achieve these goals, creating inclusive and accessible office spaces for all.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Spenbeck has created an online archive to celebrate The Birkin Building and educate others about its significant role in Nottingham’s Lace Market. The archive, made in partnership with our previous tenants Kind, is an immersive and interactive experience with virtual tours, artefacts, and more.
As The Birkin Building is not public, it provides access of Nottingham’s industrial and social heritage – which would otherwise be inaccessible – to all.
As you may have seen from our Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin posts, Spenbeck has recently taken on two interns from the University of Nottingham – Anousha Bhugun and Matteo Everett. Throughout the duration of their internships, Anousha and Matteo have been given the autonomy and freedom to make big changes to the company, something we have supported through frequent feedback and mentoring. The responsibility we have given them has allowed both our interns to make the most of their experience with us.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Here at Spenbeck we frequently engage with our local tenant community to understand their needs and allow them to widen their employee pool by welcoming neurodiversity. Through ensuring a universal design, installing a life and accessible signage, we have made our spaces inclusive and accessible.
As a female-led company, Spenbeck strives to decrease the gender inequality of leadership positions by setting an example. In addition, our COO has undergone mental health training and is a trustee at Autism East Midlands, while our CEO is a trustee at Emmanuel House. Both these positions have allowed our directors to gain a mere diverse understanding of others and their situations to ensure our spaces are as accommodating as possible.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable
Creating and maintaining a sustainable local environment is a key priority for Spenbeck. Within our creative space, as well as regular recycling provision, we have launched a battery recycling scheme and food waste composting services.
All our tenants have access to well-connected public transport links. As well as being surrounded by local bus stops, our buildings are only a five minutes’ walk from The Lace Market Tram Stop, and ten minutes away from Nottingham Train Station. Moreover, our on-site covered bike racks and handy repair kits, as well as our tenant showers, are also provided to encourage sustainable commuting. The majority of our tenants are also locally based, providing economic growth and stimulation for the Nottingham area as a whole.
Finally, our company directors are directly involved in the community Our CEO, Victoria Green, sits on the NCC Heritage Panel while our COO, Becky Valentine, is a member of the executive board of Nottingham Civil Society, allowing knowledge sharing to make our community as sustainable as possible.
Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals
Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
Spenbeck strives to provide a platform for collaboration and co-creation through seeking partnerships with other local entities. These partnerships allow us to develop and meet our objectives, while ensuring others are able to do the same. Some of our key partners include:
- The University Of Nottingham Energy, Innovation and Collaboration Team, who have funded internships and provided expert advice
- B&M Installations and McNeil Construction, who continue to help deliver our energy efficiency upgrades and heritage regeneration, such as our ongoing HAZ Phase II renovations of The Birkin Building
- Urban Fabric Architects, who specialise in conservation projects to help our buildings’ heritage and culture during renovations
- Stonebridge City Farm, to whom we deliver our compost waste for them to use in their gardens
How Are We Making Our Creative Space Socially-Sustainable?
Be sure to keep an eye out for our final blog in our SDG series, where we will be detailing how we are working to fulfil the UN’s Economic targets.
If you or your business are striving to meet your SDG goals and are looking to move into a sustainable workplace, get in touch to find out how we can make our creative spaces work for you.
Anousha Bhugun & Becky Valentine