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Sustainability in the humanitarian sector encompasses numerous factors from reducing our carbon footprint to giving agency to local communities, but ultimately sustainability is about improving conditions for people to ensure that future generations are able to thrive.

We at RedR will continue to listen and adapt to the needs of the sector to ensure that we are acting in a sustainable way and encouraging those we work with to do the same. 

Localisation is at the core of what we do. RedR has a leading role in training local humanitarians specific knowledge and skills, to ensure that the jobs stay with them and their organisations and that those first on the scene are able to make a real impact and not be negatively impacted by larger INGOs. Watch Andrew Lamb’s video below discussing how keeping the manufacturing of resources and the individuals on the ground local, we not only act sustainably, but we can support communities to become better prepared for global threats they face, helping them to bounce back.

But sustainability is not limited to the environment; it can also be used when referring to organisations, society and the economy. The circular economy is a system which seeks to remove waste and regenerate natural systems. Nick Jeffries, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, explains this and its sustainable impact.

The drive to live more sustainably is not just present in the humanitarian sector, but across industries, and when talking to our engineering partners it is clear that adopting more sustainable operations and materials is the future for engineering and engineering for disaster relief. Listen to Meredith Ettridge discuss sustainability in the engineering sector.

RedR UK has not only been looking at ways to make our organisation more sustainable, from the way we run as an organisation to the materials we use but also at our impact around the world. Our Acting CEO Jo de Serrano highlights our latest training course - Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.