We are the UK Government’s independent adviser on sustainable development. Through advocacy, advice and
appraisal, we help put sustainable development at the heart of Government policy
Our aims are to:
- Build the organisational capability – the attitudes, knowledge, skills and resources – of Government to put sustainable development into practice through their policies and work programmes
- Help the Government to achieve breakthroughs in the areas of policy which will have the greatest impact upon progress towards sustainability
- In some administrations, hold Government to account on their progress in delivering sustainable development.
What we do
We work towards achieving our aims in a number of ways, including:
- Providing informed, evidence-based advice to government on how sustainable development can improve their work
- Developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge in government to make the best decisions for today and the future
- Holding government to account on progress towards sustainability.
What we don’t do
- Our Watchdog role is restricted to UK Government departments and agencies. As such, we do not undertake scrutiny of the wider public sector, private businesses, or individuals
- We do not make rules (or guidance). We provide advice and help the Government to deliver on sustainable development, but we do not implement policies on its behalf
- While we do aim to raise awareness of sustainable development, our remit doesn’t include helping individuals live more sustainably. There are a number of other sources of information, such as the Energy Savings Trust or Direct Gov's Greener Living pages, which are better able to carry out this role.