Our approach to sustainability
At U+I we take our ESG – environmental, social and governance – responsibilities seriously and are constantly seeking ways of improving our approach to regeneration to be more sustainable. Our approach connects the social and environmental value we create for people, places and communities with long-term financial returns for our investors.
The world in which we operate however, is changing rapidly, exacerbated by Covid-19. This is accelerating trends that were already underway in how people live and work, and has increased the importance of responsible regeneration.
The growing shift to ‘social’ impact makes it more important than ever to support the mental health and welfare of individuals – aligned with the Government’s approach, centred on supporting people. Businesses will need a clear purpose, that pushes for a fairer society and which strengthens its role in helping communities to prosper. Delivering social benefits to the communities in which we work are the principles on which U+I was founded as we commit to delivering responsible schemes, that encourage health and wellbeing, whilst protecting the environment.
For us, sustainability is what can be achieved when we work together. It means fostering unique partnerships to secure the socio-economic success of our developments; transforming overlooked, underestimated town centres, urban places and brownfield sites into vibrant neighbourhoods; developing resilient assets and investing in our people.
We measure our material sustainability impacts in the context of our focus on complex mixed-use regeneration developments, our specialism in regeneration projects and the management of our investment portfolio.
The connection between the social, environmental and financial aspects of our performance means our approach to sustainability is integrated into our existing governance structures and management procedures. Sustainability is part of the broader conversation around specific projects at Board level, and is incorporated into the overarching brief used for all regeneration projects and asset management strategies.