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We are committed to creating a lasting positive social impact in our communities. Our Statement of Intent “The Time is Now” sets out our sustainability ambitions, including our commitment to create £10 million of social value by 2030.

Our Social impact strategy sets our our priorities, how we can make a difference and how a focus on social impact can bring business benefits. It puts our ambitions into practice, focusing on hyper-local issues to support our London communities.

Our approach is underpinned by four pillars:

  • Enabling healthy and inclusive communities;
  • Championing diverse skills and accessible employment opportunities;
  • Supporting the growth of local business and social enterprise;
  • Connecting people with urban nature.

The commitments and actions within our strategy are focused through three lenses:

  • Our people – using their knowledge and experience to create a more inclusive industry.
  • Our spaces  working with our supply chain partners, occupiers and community groups we can create shared value throughout all stages of the property lifecycle.
  • Our lasting impact  to be successful in the long term, we need to build enduring relationships with charities, schools, local businesses and community organisations to support the future of London.

We report progress annually through our Social impact report.

For more on how we integrate social value within our development activities, see our Sustainable Development Brief.

Breaking the cycle of youth homelessness

£360,000+

raised in the last three years

76%

of staff took part in our 2019 community day

With youth homelessness in London at record levels, we committed to a three-year partnership with Centrepoint in May 2018. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, this was extended by one year to March 2022. Centrepoint is dedicated to tackling youth homelessness across London and to getting young people back into work, this made them the obvious organisation for us to work with as our charity partner.

During our three years of engagement we have raised more than £360,000 and supported them through two Community Days.

We are also working with the Centrepoint team to find opportunities for work placements within our supply chain. This helps their young people ready themselves to return to a full-time job. Last year, we extended our partnership to provide pro bono support for their Independent Living Programme which aims to provide truly affordable housing to enable young people to live independently and move on from supported housing services.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak we increased our corporate donation and kick started their emergency appeal with £25,000. We also provided gifts in kind donations such as food supplies and hand sanitiser.

In 2019, we held our second Community Day with three activities on offer:

  1. A charity bike ride, which raised funds for Centrepoint and Groundwork London;
  2. Upcycling of old furniture in Barnet; and
  3. Improving biodiversity in a community garden in Hackney and Burgess Park in Southwark.

For more on our activities with Centrepoint during this financial year, see our Social impact report. 

Improving air quality and urban greening

Poor air quality is a key health risk impacting London communities. We partner with organisations who are focused on improving London’s air quality and increasing biodiversity, recognising the health and wellbeing benefits that access to green spaces can bring.

As a member of Wild West End and London National Park’s City Developer Forum we are working with other property owners to enhance biodiversity and increase connections with green space and nature across London. During the year, we delivered a 62% improvement in biodiversity net gain across our portfolio.

Through our community strategy, we formed a long-term partnership with Groundwork London. In total, £80,000 has been provided to improve local air quality around schools and fund the creation of the Air Quality and Green Infrastructure Toolkit for London schools.

Addressing the skills gap

Partnering with schools, colleges, and universities to provide skills and employability initiatives is essential if we are to prepare young people for the world of work and inspire the workforce of the future.

Since 2013, we have built a relationship with the University of Westminster Construction Programme. This year, we supported nearly 450 students through presentations and lectures on sustainability, BIM and smart buildings using our developments as real-life case studies. We also continued our sponsorship of Pathways to Property Pathways to Property, an initiative from Reading University working with underrepresented groups to create a more diverse property industry.

Mitigating the risk of modern slavery

service partners

We seek to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking within any part of our business or in our supply chain. See our Modern Slavery Statement and our Service Partner Code of Conduct. We also work with our design and construction teams on ethical sourcing of materials and labour, see our Sustainable Development Brief for more.

Social impact in action

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