5 ways of working

The Act puts in place a ‘sustainable development principle’ which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act.

Public bodies need to make sure that when making their decisions they take into account the impact they could have on people living their lives in Wales in the future. There are 5 things that public bodies need to think about to show that they have applied the sustainable development principle. Following these ways of working will help us work together better, avoid repeating past mistakes and tackle some of the long-term challenges we are facing.

5 ways of working

  • Long Term - The importance of balancing short-term needs with the need to safeguard the ability to also meet long-term needs.
  • Prevention - How acting to prevent problems occurring or getting worse may help public bodies meet their objectives.
  • Integration - Considering how the public body’s well-being objectives may impact upon each of the well-being goals, on their other objectives, or on the objectives of other public bodies.
  • Collaboration - Acting in collaboration with any other person (or different parts of the body itself) that could help the body to meet its well-being objectives.
  • Involvement - The importance of involving people with an interest in achieving the well-being goals, and ensuring that those people reflect the diversity of the area which the body serves.
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