We will reinforce this policy by aligning to well established ESG standards, ensuring a robust governance and transparency, and demonstrating our commitment to social and environmental performance improvement. Furthermore, we will continue to ensure compliance with all appropriate legal requirements, as this is key to managing the company’s operations in a responsible manner.
Hargreaves strives to implement design and operational features, and management strategies to optimise our assets’ health and wellbeing outcomes. To achieve this, we will integrate wellbeing principles into new developments and refurbishments.
We seek to minimise our environmental impact through proactive waste management. We will maintain current good practices such as zero waste to landfill and will seek to strengthen the company’s processes to advance waste management in line with the waste hierarchy and best practise. The company will implement actions to increase recycling rates and will work to reduce the overall waste generation across our assets.
We will focus on concrete actions such as improving data quality to better understand our current consumption and installing more efficient equipment to reduce energy use. At the same time, we will seek to set science-based targets, develop asset-level roadmaps, and, where possible, switch to renewable energy to reduce our portfolio emissions. As part of our roadmap to improve energy efficiency, we will aim to achieve higher building energy ratings across our portfolio, ensuring that we are well prepared to respond to the upcoming changes in the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations.
We will create and maintain environments where our employees can thrive and where we support our local communities. We aim to increase gender balance, support our employees’ professional development and prioritise local employment. Furthermore, we will continue to support community groups and charities through partnerships, donations and volunteering.