How am I meeting the United Nations SDGs?
When you consider doing business with me, I’m sure you’ll want to know where I stand on some of the most important ethical issues of our time. That’s why I’m proud to show you how I’m meeting many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so that you can feel positive about working with me.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action for countries to work towards solving the most important issues that face us as a global community. The SDGs recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth. At the same time they must tackle climate change and work to preserve our oceans and forests.
I’m currently a small business but I have ambitions to grow into one of the world’s most pioneering Wellness companies. That’s why it’s important to me to build my business on foundations I can be proud of. I have chosen to use The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the governance framework upon which I can operate my business sustainably and ethically. I still have work to do on many of the SDGs, but I’m proud to share with you the ones that I’m currently meeting.
SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing
Wellness and Wellbeing is embedded in the philosophy of everything I do at Natasha Stromberg Wellness and is the foundation stone of my company. I promote mental and physical Wellness through healthy eating, growing your own food, sharing and understanding the importance of emotional balance, re-connection with Nature and time spent outdoors. I share practical knowledge about health and wellness to a wide audience via my weekly Wednesday Wellness blog and deliver Webinars and workshops on health, wellness and living a more spiritual and purposeful life. I am a Registered Member of the Complimentary Medical Association which keeps me up to date with developments in the complimentary medical field and am an Accredited member of the National Council of Psychotherapists. As a member of both organisations, I am bound to follow industry codes of conduct and to maintain a high standard of knowledge and ethics when it comes to Health, Wellness and Wellbeing.
SDG 5 Gender Equality
I have been a long time advocate for women and girls and continue to promote entrepreneurial initiatives in the female-led business community. I have specialist coaching programmes for women and girls and I work to ensure that I operate through a gender equal lens when buying or selling services. I also undertake pro bono coaching for young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds every year.
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Natasha Stromberg Wellness is a pioneering Wellness company which encourages people to consume less material ‘stuff’ and more wisdom. Through blogs and workshops, I encourage people to feel more fulfilled emotionally so they don’t turn to unsustainable consumerism out of loneliness or boredom. My research necessitates a lot of reading and I endeavour to source as many books as possible from my local library or buy second hand books. Every year I embark on a six month no shopping programme and encourage others to do the same, I also give my audience tips and tricks on living a sustainable lifestyle whilst still enjoying their lives.
SDG 13 Climate Action
My vision of Wellness is based on the Foundation of Wellness in Nature. I believe that as humans, we cannot be mentally or physically well if we live in a degraded natural environment. As part of my commitment to tackling climate change, I run a monthly Carbon Cutdown webinar to help people reduce their carbon footprint. I provide simple actionable goals to help people in their everyday lives.
On a day- to- day basis I work from home, which reduces my own carbon travel footprint. When I do travel, I walk to meetings or take public transport 95% of the time. I use a renewable energy provider for my home office and I eat a plant- based diet and ask for meat free alternatives at external meetings. My personal pension is divested from animal agriculture, fossil fuels, Tobacco and Defence industries.
SDG 15 Life on Land
I personally try to live this goal every day. In have planted 6 semi mature trees in my garden in the U.K, we built a pond to support wildlife and ( planted many nectar rich flowers for bees. Since moving to Canada, I’ve created a small urban garden in my backyard and planted flowers and food which attracts butterflies and bees. I actively support charities working to halt Bio Diversity Loss, factory farming and animal cruelty they are: Compassion in World Farming which aims to end Factory farming globally, the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting of endangered species and The Brooke who work to protect working horses and donkeys globally.