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RNLI lifeboat volunteers and an RNLI lifeguard standing on the beach at Tenby with Tenby’s Tamar class all-weather lifeboat on the slipway in the background


At the RNLI, we recognise that we must all play our part, no matter how big or small, to ensure a more sustainable future for all. And so that, together, we can save lives for generations to come.

Our sustainability vision is:

To operate as a good citizen in all our activities to sustain and secure the future.

We are committed to spending your money wisely, and how we do things is just as important as what we do. We understand that the three pillars of sustainability include our environmental, social and economic impacts and that if there is an impact on one pillar, it is likely there will be knock-on impacts to the other pillars.         

That’s why we’re taking action across all three pillars, aiming to reduce the things that we’re doing that may or do have negative impacts, and doing more of the things that do or can have positive impacts.   

This is our watch

What we do today lays the foundations for the sustainable RNLI of tomorrow. Our Watch lays out our shared intent for 5 years from 2020 to 2024. In order to achieve the six Outcomes outlined in Our Watch in a more sustainable way, we have committed to consider sustainability in everything we do.

Aith RNLI Mechanic Kevin Henry with the station’s Severn class lifeboat, Charles Lidbury 17-14, and wind turbine in the background
Environmental sustainability
We strive to implement innovative, efficient and sustainable ways to manage our environmental impact, minimise our carbon footprint and reduce costs. 
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Teddington lifeboat crew raising river safety awareness in their local community
Social sustainability
It’s our social responsibility to look after our people and work in partnership with communities and stakeholders to help us maintain a sustainable organisation.
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Aerial shot of Kilmore Quay RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat, Killarney 16-18
Elimination of modern slavery
The RNLI does not accept modern slavery in our operations or supply chain, and will work with suppliers to ensure compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
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