For decades, one of the great fears of economic growth was that it might come at much too high an environmental cost. The economy-environment trade-off was almost an orthodoxy of growth and development tensions. Today, multiple drivers, levers and incentives help us manage and mitigate this – from sustainable development frameworks, to explicit ‘green growth’ strategies; from considerable international and national statutory net zero requirements, to local decarbonisation policy goals.
- Make inclusion strategic intents as explicit and as early as possible in the formulation and design process- and seek to embed them in the goals and purposes of the programme or project
- Build relevant inclusion indicators of success/metrics into the operational performance management, monitoring and evaluation intelligence systems, commencing with a clear baseline starting point
- Agree at an early stage ‘touchpoints’ for communities of place and interest involvement, and the degree to which target inclusive growth beneficiaries can have agency in the leadership and management of the intervention
- Ensure the intervention is as aligned and connected as possible to wider city/city-region strategic priorities with strong links to local innovation, enterprise, skills, infrastructure and community eco-systems
- Do promote core inclusion and sustainability driven standards (e.g.Real Living Wage/good work pledge, net zero/low carbon solutions, circular economy/supply chain procurement); and proactively curate activity(e.g.tenancies, local testbeds/living labs, access and animation) to drive and assure inclusion impacts