Health, safety and security
We’re committed to maintaining an exceptional standard of health, safety and security in all the working environments we control. The effective management of health, safety and security is fundamental to the productivity, culture and reputation of our business.
This year, once again we maintained our OHSAS 18001 certification, the benchmark for health and safety management systems, across 100% of our sites.
Following the Grenfell fire, we worked closely with customers and partners to consider the potential ramifications of cladding in our portfolio. These consultations included our insurers, surveyors, local authorities and the London Fire Brigade. We assessed every asset in the portfolio during the year; remedial works to cladding and fire stopping are in progress.
Our ongoing work with the Health in Construction Leadership Group as well as our Customer Improvement Groups helps ensure we give health the same billing as safety, with mental health as important as physical health. A highlight of the year was the progress made on mental health, within the business and across the industry. This was underlined when Landsec won the best Health and Wellbeing Strategy Award at the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM) 2018 Awards. We will continue to push ahead in this area.
In partnership with Revo (formerly the British Council of Shopping Centres), this year we held a suicide awareness and prevention roundtable. Increasing awareness around suicide and enhancing mitigation strategies are now clear priorities for Landsec and other Revo members. Through working with the wider industry, we strive to help support the wider government suicide prevention strategy and are engaging with our local stakeholders to help prevent suicide incidents.
During the year we enhanced security training and advice for employees and partners. We also reviewed measures to address hostile use of vehicles and acted where required. We have introduced a group-wide response plan that enables us to respond to an increase in national threat in a proportionate and cost-effective way. Through our Security Customer Improvement Group, we’ve engaged with our security partners to establish a consistent approach to physical security across our portfolio.
Our physical and cyber security is supported by robust processes, policies and governance, together with mandatory training for employees in relevant roles. We continually prepare the business to anticipate and respond to incidents and we take part in several cross-industry forums. And we integrate security architecture into the way we design buildings. Our security teams are introducing new and innovative ways to reduce the opportunity for crime at our properties, protecting value for our customers.
Accessibility for all
Around one in five people in the UK has a disability or impairment and more than half of households have a connection to someone with a disability. Their collective spending power – the purple pound – is almost £250bn, but they often find shopping environments difficult to access, navigate and enjoy.
We aim to give every customer a great experience, so this year we joined the Purple initiative to make our destinations a positive environment for those with a disability. Our goal is to ensure our centres are a champion in their catchment (known as Disability Confident Level 3) by the end of 2019.
Bluewater led the way when it became the first UK centre to achieve Level 3, in October 2018. We then celebrated the launch of the first Purple Tuesday accessible shopping day by turning Piccadilly Lights purple.