UN Sustainable Development Goals workshop launched for spa businesses

The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) has launched a new workshop for spa businesses and hospitality professionals, which will help them align themselves with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to lead the way to achieving a triple bottom line business.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, are a set of 17 integrated and interrelated goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that humanity enjoys peace and prosperity by 2030. They relate to big ticket global issues, such as climate action, responsible consumption, affordable and clean energy, clean water and sanitation and sustainable communities. SDGs are supported by 193 countries and form a framework designed for everyone and everything, from individuals and families to businesses of all sizes – and all the way up to national governments. 

The SSA SDG Workshop is designed for heads of departments, management and professionals – or assigned sustainability teams – who are responsible for leading the organisation through sustainability, social innovation and impact measurement. It is also as a step towards becoming an Accreditation Sustainable Business

During the interactive workshop, delegates will learn the methodology and process to integrate:

• Value chain and stakeholder mapping             

• Impact mapping with the Spa 4D Sustainability Canvas in their businesses

• Sustainability priorities matrix         

• Introduction to SDGs               

• SDGs in their spa business context                 

• Setting sustainability goals with targets and key actions       

Delegates will also benefit from direct support from course tutors for 12 months after completing the course.         

The online, privately-tutored course is designed for between two and eight participants at £500 members’ price. 

The course will be tutored by two experienced spa industry professionals: Sarah Watterson (trainer at SSA and global operations manager at Resense Spa) and Helen Norman (trainer at SSA and the founder and director of MyWellnessGuru). 

“Integrating the UN SDGs into your business’s goals is a significant trajectory step forward for taking the lead in sustainability,” Helen Norman says.

“The workshop will ensure delegates are fully briefed on the SDGs, so they can embed them into their sustainable strategies. It will also help them find what works best for their businesses and discover how to set priorities for their sustainability agenda. Sharing your SDG-based achievements shows commitment to sustainable actions and brings positive brand reputability, as well as creates trust with all stakeholders.”

Sarah Watterson added: “The workshop will provide spa owners, managers and teams with a comprehensive roadmap to identify relevant sustainable practices in their daily operations and set achievable goals. It will break down the often overwhelming topic of sustainability into areas everyone can relate to, so your business can discover ways to contribute to the SDGs and have a meaningful impact.”

SSA Spa Members and Brand Partners enjoy preferential course rates for the workshop.

To learn more and to book your workshop, visit: www.sustainablespas.org/education