Our vision is to become the go-to place for changemakers – tenants, investors, partners and staff. We believe that property should be used in the best interests of society, the planet and the economy. By bringing impactful organisations, staff and tenants together we have shown that real change can happen.
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Underpinning this vision is a set of values that have remained strong and consistent since we first launched Ethical Property in 1998:
Equity and fairness – through the provision of property we support organisations that are striving to create a more equal and just society.
Sustainability – we support physical and social structures that lead to a sustainable lifestyle with a positive environmental impact that uses only our fair share of the planet’s resources.
Responsibility – every decision we make will take account of financial, environmental and social impacts.
Collaboration and partnership – we believe that the world’s problems are better solved by people working together rather than alone.
Learning – we will implement a process of continual learning, with regular evaluations of our services and practices to ensure we constantly evolve the way we do business with the aim of ensuring best practice.
With these values at our heart, Ethical Property has grown from two people with a vision to a family of three companies, operating in three countries.
As part of our commitment to strong management and good governance, we also created The Ethical Property CompanyQuintessentials – five core principles that apply to all companies within the Ethical Property family.
The first of these is our commitment to the ‘Triple Bottom Line’. First described in The Economist in 1994 by John Elkington, a sustainability consultant, this encapsulates the idea that a business’s success should be assessed not only in terms of its financial profitability but also its impact on society and the environment (people, planet, profit). Since then a range of forward-thinking businesses have adopted the approach, from large companies seeking to address issues of sustainability and equality in their corporate strategy, to social enterprises seeking to deliver positive impact through trading goods and services.
In addition to using this threefold approach for measuring our performance, we increasingly use the Triple Bottom Line in our day-to-day decision-making, whether reviewing an existing centre’s environmental performance or weighing up the viability of a new project venture. Many of the indicators we use are set out in more detail in our Quintessentialsand more information about our commitment to the Triple Bottom Line can be found in our Annual Reports.