The Environmental Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) was created in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness for sustainability within the Alliance IVS organisations, in their camps and among volunteers.
The ESWG gives advice, provides information and learning material and organises common events to encourage the IVS organisations and the volunteers to reflect on and deal with sustainability, and to facilitate the implementation of sustainability in offices, camps and everyday life. Besides that, the ESWG aspires to build a bridge between the Alliance, other networks and initiatives active in the field of sustainability, giving consideration to the global character of the sustainability challenge and the need to tackle it conjointly.
In 2014, the General Assembly adopted a Sustainability policy paper, which reinforced the work of the Environmental Sustainability working group.
The Sustainability policy paper was updated by the General Assembly 2017.
ESWG members, as all Alliance organisations, share the will to transform our communities. They strive for a fairer world, one that is more sustainable, healthier and with more balanced resources and social justice; a world that will lead towards the development of people, communities, their happiness and solidarity. This is indeed the main mission that Alliance has.
More information about the the tools developed and the activities organized by ESWG in the framework of the International campaign for Sustainability in Voluntary Service are also available in the Alliance website.
The specific tasks of Environmental Sustainability Working Group for 2018 are described in the strategic Plan of Action 2018-19 adopted by the General Assembly of members 2017.