Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

The Well-being Goals and business

At Cynnal Cymru, we turn sustainability aims into action and accelerate positive impacts towards a low carbon economy, a thriving natural environment and a fair and just society through the provision of advice, training and connections.

Earlier this year, we worked with the Future Generation’s Commissioners Office to identify how the Well-being Act was understood and being used as a sustainable development framework for some large private sector organisations in South Wales. Hafren Dyfrydwy, a provider of water and wastewater treatment services in North East and Mid Wales, invited us to discuss their ongoing contribution to the Well-being Goals at their Board Strategy Day.  Keen to work with leading organisations in Wales, we jumped at the chance.

On 4 October, Karolina and Sarah travelled to Hafren Dyfrdwy to participate in a dedicated workshop built around Hafren Dyfrdwy’s ongoing contribution to the Act; its relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Company’s PR24 planning.  The Board also discussed approaches taken by other large companies in Wales to align their approaches to the Act.

The session was informative, as well as interactive and energetic. For example, we used the Future Generations Prompts as an catalyst to spark the Board’s strategic thinking and group brainstorming activities to map out future strategic activity and progress against each goal.

The workshop highlighted the excellent programme of activity that Hafren Dyfrdwy already does to contribute towards the Well-being Goals and prompted discussion around further opportunities to support their ongoing positive social and environmental impact. 

“Massive thank you to Sarah and Karolina for running a fantastic, creative and energetic session on the Well-being of Future Generations Act at our recent Board Strategy Day. It gave us real food for thought in terms of how we better bring to life our existing activities that supports the Act’s goals, and helped us think more broadly about areas where we can go further. Thank you again.”

(Tom Perry, Strategy Manager)

Dr Karolina Rucinska is our Sustainability advisor who often uses facilitation, research and workshopping methods in work with our clients. Sarah Hopkins is the director of Cynnal Cymru, with an expertise in fair work and sustainability in global supply chains and a firm understanding of the public and private sectors.

If you are interested in finding out more about our work, please contact us at shwmae@cynnalcymru.com to let us know how we can help.

How do you measure the progress of a nation?

The plan, now out for consultation, outlines how 40 national indicators will help the Welsh Government measure the nation in areas such as health, environment, education and the economy.

Indicators, which will help Wales as a whole achieve the ambitious goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, include:

  • Healthy life expectancy for all
  • School leavers with skills and qualifications
  • People in work
  • Quality of housing
  • People using Welsh Language in everyday life; and
  • Air quality

A report will be published every year showing what progress has been made across Wales in achieving the seven well-being goals in the Act, using the national indicators.

The First Minister said:

“People’s education, quality of life and the general environment in which they live are crucial for a nation’s prosperity – but how do you measure these things?

“Today we are launching a major consultation to get people’s views on what our national indicators should be. To put it simply, how do we, as a government measure a nation.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for public bodies, individuals and organisations to have their say on how we continue to develop and build the Wales we want.  The Well-being of Future Generations Act places a duty on us all to work together to ensure that decisions taken today are made with future generations at their heart.

“Under the Act, the National Indicators have to relate to the well-being of everyone in Wales, from the individual, to communities, across government to the wider public sector and business. They are not solely about government’s aims or achievements, but are aimed at giving a much more rounded picture of progress for the nation as a whole[:]

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