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RIBA’s Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission: final report

RIBA’s Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission: final report

RIBA’s Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission has created a final report with recommendations on how the built environment can best reflect and engage with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s plan of action for people, prosperity and the planet.

RIBA’s Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission has created a final report with recommendations on how the built environment can best reflect and engage with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s plan of action for people, prosperity and the planet.

RIBA’s Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission: final report

The report comprises a series of nineteen recommendations, grouped under the following headings:

  1. Leadership on ethics, values and standards
  2. Collaboration and influence
  3. Ethics and sustainable development in practice
  4. Knowledge and competence
  5. International activity
  6. Governance

The findings of the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission were endorsed by the RIBA Council at its meeting on 11 December 2018, by the following motion:

  1. ‘RIBA Council reasserted the Institute’s unequivocal commitment to placing public interest, social purpose, ethics and sustainable development at the heart of its activities.’
  2. ‘RIBA Council mandated the RIBA Board to assume responsibility for delivering these commitments and to propose to Council in March 2019 a nominated Board-level member to oversee this work.’
  3. ‘RIBA Council agreed to ask the RIBA executive to nominate, by March 2019, a Director(s) to take responsibility for ethics and sustainable development and establishing a leadership group, supported by external experts as appropriate, to develop and implement a plan of action based on the Commission’s findings, aligned with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.’


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