Sustainability and climate resilience are among SPC’s major cross-cutting topics. As such, it is crucial for our institution to be exemplary in those areas.
In the past six years, SPC has improved its social and environmental performance and managed to:
- Reduce its carbon footprint by one third;
- Improve the accountability of its corporate operations;
- Raise social and environmental awareness among regional partners.
In addition, the Climate change and environmental sustainability Programme, in collaboration with the Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) Division has developed SPC's Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) Policy.
The SER policy provides a framework, including guiding principles, for SPC to ethically and sustainably manage social and environmental risks and impacts of all its activities, and to enhance social and environmental benefits. This will be done in an inclusive manner, with a people-centred approach so as to maximise whole-of-society benefits.
A people-centred approach is particularly important in the Pacific context, as issues of human rights, gender equality and social inclusion, youth and persons with disabilities, cut across all areas of development work. A people-centred approach is underpinned by a recognition of the importance of the Pacific cultural context in understanding our development challenges.
Social and Environmental Responsibility at SPC Brochure
SPC's SER approach is part of the institution's 2022-2030 strategic plan, which is developed in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and includes resilience and climate action as its primary mission.