Our ESG Report
For the third year running, we have published our ESG Report, showcasing our efforts across the three areas of Environment, Social and Governance.
This report is a crucial one for a few reasons. Firstly, it gives us another chance to demonstrate where we have invested during the last financial year on these themes which are fundamental to our role as a housing association. For instance, in 2021 we secured a £250m sustainability bond, so this report is particularly important to demonstrate actual outputs and improvements in our sustainability plan.
This report also allows us to demonstrate to our Regulator, how we are operating in an ethical way. Increasingly the spotlight is on our sector so we need to share how we’re working within the stringent parameters of the Regulator to provide services for our valued customers while fulfilling our social purpose.
We were one of the first to do an ESG Report back in 2020, and each year we’ve tried to make the information easier to understand. This year, we have pushed this further and produced it in an interactive, online format. We’ve also as an early adopter, indexed our delivery against the Sustainability Reporting Standard (SRS) for social housing. This standard has been rolled out over the last few years and will mean we can be more easily compared to others in the sector.
Similar to last time, we’ve also benchmarked our credentials against the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These universally recognised goals include a focus on reducing inequalities, creating sustainable cities and communities, and addressing climate change.
The ESG Report includes an overview from our group chief executive officer, Bjorn Howard sharing some highlights from the last year. You can check it out online here.
We hope you like the new format of the report. Let us know your thoughts – we’d love to hear from you.
Adam Hackett, transformation director – sustainability
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