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Sustainability SUST

The provision of advice, assistance and leadership to enable the organisation to minimise negative environmental impact.

Moving to SFIA 8 

There is an updated version of this skill for SFIA 8. 

  • The skill descriptions have been edited for readability and guidance notes have been added 
  • Details available here - SFIA 8 Sustainability 
  • SFIA 7 skill descriptions will remain available for you to use 
  • Previous SFIA assessments are not impacted by this change. 


Defined at these levels: 4 5 6

Sustainability: Levels 1-3

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at these levels of responsibility and accountability.

Sustainability: Level 4

Assesses and reports on how different tactical decisions affect sustainability. Evaluates factors and risks (political, legislative, technological, economic, social) that impact on operational processes and strategic direction. Evaluates and reports on implementation of sustainability measures in specific areas.

Sustainability: Level 5

Provides expert advice and guidance on planning, designing and implementing sustainability solutions. Evaluates and selects sustainability methods, tools and practices to be used in line with agreed policies and standards. Identifies and recommends improvements to the organisation's approach to sustainability.

Sustainability: Level 6

Develops and promotes organisational strategies, policies, standards, and guidelines for sustainability. Leads the introduction and use of sustainability techniques, methodologies and tools.

Sustainability: Level 7

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at this level of responsibility and accountability.