Last update: July 2020

[GM08] Sustainable development policy

The Sustainable Development Policy was created in the frame of the  European Fellowship on Sustainable Development (EFSD), a complex programme on SDGs initiated by GEYC under the aegis of PRISMA European Network in the frame of KA2 EllE project. The program was developed for young people from Romania, between the ages of 17-30 years old.

Through the policy we want to apply the principles of sustainable development in our projects. These principles are:

A. Gender equality        

B. Social inclusion        

C. Efficient use of resources

D. Travel management        

E. Health and wellness        

F. Partnership for sustainability        

A. Gender equality

Connected with:         Council of Europe policies on gender mainstreaming

United Nations SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Vision:

All of our activities should incorporate the principles of gender equality by creating an atmosphere of gender equality through all the activities we manage. Gender balance is understood as a balance between gender representation rights, with respect to the invididuals that don’t want to associate themselves with a specific gender (non-binary).

Principles:

  1. Promoting a nonbinary approach throw our activites.
  2. Gender mainstreaming: Striving to promote gender diversity within the activities managed by GEYC

(board of directors, executive team, community, educational programs, events)

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

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Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Measuring tool

Type of indicator

Yearly Target value

A1

Including gender equality principles within GEYC’s activity

Measurement: activities promoting GEYC’s equality principles

The social media hashtag: #GEYCequality  

MAX

5

A2

Gender representation within mobility projects

Measurement: ratio between male representation rate and female representation rate

Mobility Center database

Is equal to

0.8 - 1.2

A3

Gender representation within the GEYC Board of Directors

Measurement: Number of genders represented

Associations & Foundations registry extract

MAX

2

A4

Gender representation within the GEYC Executive Team

Measurement: Number of genders represented

Personnel registry

MAX

2

A5

Gender representation during the nomination activities

Measurement: ratio between male representation rate and female representation rate

Contacting the nomination responsibles

Is equal to

0.8 - 1.2

 B. Social inclusion

Connected with: United Nations SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Vision: 

Social inclusion is the process of improving the terms on which individuals and groups take part in the GEYC Community, by improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of those disadvantaged on the basis of their identity.

Principles:

  1. GEYC’s activities have to be as inclusive as possible.
  2. To encourage and integrate in GEYC’s activities young people with less opportunities (social, cultural, economical, geographical, disabilities or any other obstacles).
  3. To assure a human rights respectful environment within the activities led by GEYC.

 

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

#

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Measuring tool

Type of indicator

Yearly Target value

B1

The number of young people with less opportunities joining GEYC’s activities

Measurement: # of participants

The social inclusion form

MAX

20

B2

The number of activities initiated by GEYC where a priority is given to young people with less opportunities

Measurement: # of activities/year

The social inclusion form

MAX

3

B3

The number of activities organized by GEYC where a priority is given to young people with less opportunities

Measurement: # of activities/year

The social inclusion form

MAX

5

B4

The number of activities organized by GEYC on human rights education topics

Measurement: # of projects/year

Partnership identification form

MAX

5

C. Efficient use of resources

Connected with:         European Commission, Europe 2020, a strategy for smart,   sustainable and inclusive growth

Vision:

In order to have an efficient use of the resources we will assess the resources needs as close to the reality as much as possible.

Principles:

  1. Striving the use of eco friendly products: reusable or convertible
  2. Recycling the waste produced.
  3. Avoiding paper and disposable plastic from our activities.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

#

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Measuring tool

Type of indicator

Yearly Target value

C1

Paper purchased

Measurement: packs of 500 sheets

General ledger

MIN

2

C2

Inventory entries

Measurement: pieces

Inventory register

MIN

2

C3

Inventory exits

Measurement: pieces

Inventory register

MIN

2

D. Sustainable travel

Connected with: The European Green Deal, Sustainable mobility

Vision :

To adopt an eco-responsible behavior for our travel arrangement in order to limit the negative impact on the environment.

Principles :

  1. Using electronic documents and avoiding as much as possible the paper tickets (check-in, buying tickets online)
  2. Preference will be given to direct flights (provided by the same airline) and to the transportation by train (which has the least CO2 emission).
  3. Travelling light: avoiding to add a check-in luggage for short travels (10 days or less). According to the UN's Environment Programme, packing light can make a significant difference to your CO₂ emissions. Reducing the weight of your luggage by 15kg decreases your emissions by around 50–100kg on a four-and-a-half hour flight.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

#

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Measuring tool

Type of indicator

Yearly Target value

D1

Percentage of travelling participants requiring an additional check-in luggage

Measurement: ratio between the # of luggages purchased additionally and the total # of participants travelling

Mobility Center Calendar

MIN

5%

D2

Average cost of travel per participant

Measurement: ratio between the total travel costs and the # of participants travelling

Balance sheet, Mobility Center Calendar

MIN

150

E. Health and well-being

Connected with: United Nations SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Vision:

 The aim is to promote and encourage people within the organization that they are part of to focus on their health and well-being by finding and keeping the balance between work and personal life.

Principles:

  1. Promote and develop a culture of trust, transparency and integrity within the organization and create an environment where people can feel safe and productive.
  2. Create an atmosphere of healthiness within the activities developed by GEYC

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

#

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Measuring tool

Type of indicator

Yearly Target value

E1

Number of projects that involve at least an activity with sport/outdoor

Measurement: projects/year

Mobility Center Calendar

MAX

5

E2

Business travel duration

Measurement: days/year/person

Unavailability register

IS EQUAL TO

10-50

E3

Annual leave duration

Measurement: days/year/person

Unavailability register

IS EQUAL TO

10-30

F. Partnership for sustainability

Connected with: United Nations SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Vision:

To strengthen and to revitalize the partnerships for sustainable development.

Principles:

  1. Engage more partnership with organizations focused on sustainability
  2. Envolve the topic of sustainability on the projects that GEYC is developing.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

#

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Measuring tool

Type of indicator

Yearly Target value

F1

The rate of new partnerships

Measurement: Ratio between # of new partners and the total # of partners (%)

Mobility Center Calendar

IS EQUAL TO

30-50%

F2

The number of long term activities organized by GEYC on sustainability education topics

Measurement: Ration between the numbers of long term projects on  sustainability and the total number of long term projects.

Partnership identification form, Mobility Center Calendar

MAX

3

F3

The number of short term activities organized by GEYC on sustainability  education topics

Measurement: Ration between the numbers of short term projects on  sustainability and the total number of short-term projects

Partnership identification form, Mobility Center Calendar

MAX

15

Acknowledgement

The Sustainability Policy was developed with the support of the fellows from European Fellowship on Sustainable Development (2019):

Alexandru Buliga

Andreea Cristina Bumbea

Cristina Capătă

Tamara Ceaicovschi

Irina Ceauș

Alin Gabriel Gramescu

Răzvan Irava

Alexandra Koszeghi

Catalin Manolache

Cristina Miron-Drăgănescu

Miruna Muresan

Georgiana Nuțu

Maria-Cătălina Văduva

Teodor Vasile

Diana Vișan

and with the key guidance from their mentors: Simion Strugar, Raluca Iftime, Eslam Ennara, Claudiu Șulea, Diana-Adela Ioniţă. The elaboration of the policy was coordinated by Gabriel Brezoiu and Raluca Dumitrescu.

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