Our commitments

Progress on our twelve sustainability commitments

 

Creating jobs and opportunitites

Community employment

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Commitment (Existing)

Help a total of 1,200 people furthest from the jobs market secure employment by 2020 

Progress
Complete

Since 2011 we’ve secured employment for 1,336 people furthest from the job market through our programme. In the year we set a new commitment, to create £25m of social value through our community programmes by 2025

Fairness

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Commitment (Existing)

By 2020, ensure everyone working on our behalf, in an environment we control, is given equal opportunities, protected from discrimination and paid at least the Foundation Living Wage

Progress
On track

We continue to be an accredited Living Wage employer and this year we joined the Living Wage Employers' Group, a cross-industry partnership tasked with driving adoption of Foundation Living Wage rates in the supply chain

Diversity

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Commitment (Existing)

Make measurable improvements to the profile – in terms of gender, ethnicity and disability – of our employee mix

Progress
On track

We continue to meet Hampton Alexander targets with 40% of the Board and 42% of Executive Committee and direct reports being female versus targets of 33%

Health, safety and security

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Commitment (Existing)

Maintain an exceptional standard of health, safety and security in all the working environments we control

Progress
On track

We continually prepare the business to anticipate and respond to incidents and this year have enhanced our training and advice for employees and partners. We continue to lead and participate in several cross-industry forums in the fields of health, safety and security

Efficient use of natural resources

Carbon

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Commitment (Existing)

Reduce carbon intensity (kgCO2e/m2) by 40% by 2030 compared with a 2013/14 baseline, for property under our management for at least two years

Progress
On track

Reduced carbon intensity by 39.8% compared to 2013/14 baseline, significantly outperforming our target pathway

Renewables

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Commitment (Existing)

  • –    Ensure 100% of our electricity supplies through our corporate contract are from REGO-backed renewable sources 
  • –    Achieve 3 MW of renewable electricity capacity by 2030

Progress
Complete

We continue to procure 100% renewable electricity across our portfolio through our corporate contract. At least 15% of gas volumes are from green sources

Progress
On track

Our current on-site renewable electricity capacity has reached 1.5 MW

Energy

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Commitment (Existing)

Reduce energy intensity (kWh/m2) by 40% by 2030 compared with a 2013/14 baseline, for property under our management for at least two years

Progress
On track

We‘ve reduced energy intensity by 18.2% compared to 2013/14 baseline year

Commitment (Existing)

–    Send zero waste to landfill
–    At least 75% waste recycled across all our operational activities by 2020

Progress
Complete

We continue to divert 100% from landfill

Progress
On track

Recycling 74.7% of operational waste

Sustainable design and innovation

Resilience

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Commitment (Existing)

Assess and mitigate physical and financial climate change adaptation risks that are material across our portfolio

Progress
On track

Conducted further climate change resilience research to determine how climate change will affect our portfolio, helping inform our activities across the property lifecycle. Our investment and divestment activities this year have reduced the risk to our portfolio from extreme weather

Materials

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Commitment (Existing)

Source core construction products and materials from ethical and sustainable sources

Progress
On track

Progressed the design of our developments against this target and have included responsible sourcing guidelines in our design guides, providing our design and delivery partners with strict environmental and ethical parameters

Biodiversity

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Commitment (Existing)

Maximise the biodiversity potential of all our development and operational sites and achieve a 25% biodiversity net gain across our five sites currently offering the greatest potential, by 2030

Progress
On track

We extended our biodiversity commitment to our assets in London and are assessing opportunities for installations in the year ahead. We planned biodiversity enhancements to five assets, which will deliver net gain in biodiversity of between 5% and 25%

Wellbeing

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Commitment (Existing)

Ensure our buildings are designed and managed to maximise wellbeing and productivity

Progress
On track

We adopted wellbeing clauses in our engineering specifications and design briefs, ensuring our developments deliver market leading wellbeing outcomes. Our commercial office developments focus on the delivery of optimal air and water quality, daylighting, acoustic and thermal comfort

Sustainability overview

Follow the link below to download a summary of our Sustainability activities and progress over the last year:

Download Sustainability Performance and Data Report 2019