Social Impact Pledge

Scottish Natural Heritage

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Social Impact Pledge logo

Scottish Natural Heritage pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to increase the positive impact we make on our local community and make better use of our assets – our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next six months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact.                                                                                                        

Signed, Signature CEO, Ian Jardine, September 2016.                                                                                                                                                                     

1st Commitment

Hold more of our stakeholder engagement receptions and public consultation meetings in community buildings.

Most of these meetings are held in our own offices, in hotels and in other public buildings. We recognise that community buildings can help generate income for community bodies and support wider activities. By holding meetings in community buildings we can help to support community organisations and provide opportunities to exchange ideas more directly. In future, our first port of call for meetings with the public and communities will be to use a local community building wherever possible.

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland-wide

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2nd Commitment

Develop two ideas for piloting participatory budgeting approaches by the end of 2016/17.

Participatory budgeting has growing support from Scottish Government, local authorities and communities through the new Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and through Community Choices funding. We will develop two ideas for piloting participatory budgeting and then deliver them in 2017/18. This will help us learn more about how participatory budgeting works, particularly in relation to our work and to environmental issues.

Geographical location of impact

  • Two locations (yet to be decided)

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3rd Commitment

We will expand our successful employment, skills and training programme for young people through an additional 5 student placements in 2017/18.

We are helping young people gain skills and experience of environmental and other work undertaken by SNH so that they can secure longer-term employment. Since 2012/13, we have provided apprenticeships and placements for 37 young people. We currently have 9 student placements and we will expand this to 14 student placements in 2017/18.

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland-wide


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Additional Information

Scottish Natural Heritage works with a wide range of communities throughout Scotland. In early 2016, we published a statement on our website setting out our commitment to community empowerment (see We have set out below some of the recent activities we have delivered with different communities:

  1. SNH and Young Scot have established ReRoute, a national youth panel on biodiversity to explore how best to engage young people in the delivery of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Route Map. The panel will set out its proposals towards the end of 2016/17. The panel has members aged between 13 and 23 drawn from across Scotland (Yell in Shetland to Wishaw in Lanark).
  2. Since 2012/13, we have supported 10 Management Apprenticeships (with 7 having completed) and 18 graduate placements (including 6 placements for 2015/16). We also provide 9 student placement opportunities, including at some of our National Nature Reserves.
  3. Each year, we provide funding that helps 1,400 young people be given volunteering opportunities. In 2014/15, there were some 282 young volunteers on our National Nature Reserves contributing nearly 2600 volunteer days.
  4. We have published a toolkit for communities called “Talking About Our Place”. This is designed to help communities to understand and shape their local places. It provides communities with a range of guidance and practical tools on how to talk about their place, celebrate it, and consider ways to improve it.
  5. Inviting communities to develop their own proposals for Marine Protected Areas alongside proposals from SNH. This included a proposal from the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (for the common skate) and a proposal from the Small Isles community for Nature Conservation MPAs. A proposal for a Fair Isle Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Area, developed by the Fair Isle Marine & Environment Tourism initiative, is also being considered.