Sustainability is a priority for our leadership team, and their commitment has galvanised support across our business. Our Chief Executive takes overall responsibility, with the wider Board receiving an annual update.
Our sustainability assurance is conducted by EY, who are also our financial auditors. This is part of our journey to embed sustainability across the business and enhance the integrity, quality and usefulness of the information we provide. This assurance was planned and performed in accordance with ISAE300 (Revised) and to meet the requirements of a Type 2 assurance engagement as defined by AA1000AS (2008). The EY statement discusses this assurance in more detail.
Read our 2020 Assurance Statement [PDF]
Our Sustainability Committee
Ongoing oversight is carried out by our Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by our Chief Executive and attended by our Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability and Group HR Director – all members of our Executive Committee – together with our Sustainability Director and senior representation from our Office and Retail businesses. The Committee meets quarterly and is the senior forum for determining our sustainability strategy and reviewing performance.
Our Sustainability Team
Our Sustainability Team sits at Group level and supports the entire business with all aspects of sustainability. The team’s remit includes community programmes, charity partnerships, volunteering, environmental management and energy and waste management. The team is led by the Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability.
Every year the business sets itself a series of annual key performance indicators (KPIs). These are linked to executive and senior management remuneration. Sustainability issues inform all of our business KPIs in some way but we also have a number of indicators specific to sustainability. For this coming year, we have KPIs on our social value creation and on energy management.