All of our work shall be permeated by the need to develop future-proof solutions and support a positive impact on society. Our greatest contributions to sustainable development are made by offering knowledge and expertise, supporting sustainable research and providing test beds and demonstration environments for the sustainable technology of the future.
Our services help our customers to develop sustainable products, processes, methods and services that positively contribute to meeting economic, environmental and social challenges – covering everything from the impact of climate change and urbanisation to providing high-quality care for the elderly. We combine expertise in a wide range of fields with the most up-to-date research in order to meet increasing demands for interdisciplinary, sustainable solutions.
We place a great deal of emphasis on delivering independent solutions and advice. This means that we are also able to dissuade customers from implementing unsustainable or otherwise inappropriate solutions.
Our work in the field of sustainability
Sustainability work at RISE is based on common policies, objectives and strategies. These are governed and monitored by group management with responsibility delegated to various levels within the group.
We work to evaluate our operations based on the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We do so by monitoring our projects and assignments to see how they contribute to a sustainable society and which of the SDGs they support. We call this the RISE Sustainability Declaration. The goal is that by 2020, all of our services and solutions will come with a Sustainability Declaration.
These declarations provide us with a coherent picture of how we are working towards achieving the UN’s SDGs. This assists us in our improvement work and means that our customers and partners can rest assured that RISE is focused on sustainable projects and solutions.
Financial responsibility generally rests centrally, although it is based on reports from various areas of the organisation. Many processes and initiatives linked to corporate social responsibility are also managed centrally. While environmental work is conducted via a large number of central and local initiatives, local projects dominate. Some of the areas in which RISE conducts environmental work are waste management and sorting, chemicals handling and energy-saving initiatives, for example during redevelopments.
As our mission is to work nationally, our employees travel a relatively large amount, both on business and while commuting. RISE always strives to minimise both the number of journeys and the environmental impact of the journeys that are undertaken. We therefore provide facilities for remote meetings and require that all journeys are made using the most sustainable available means of transport.
RISE’s activities are knowledge-intensive. It is therefore important that we ensure that our staff are able to continuously develop their skills. In addition to the skills development that takes place in our day-to-day operations, RISE arranges a large number of training courses.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With this, the world’s nations have undertaken to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequality and injustice and solve the climate crisis by 2030. The 17 SDGs are illustrated in the adjacent image. Learn more at www.globalgoals.org.