Thirteen publishes its first Environmental, Social and Governance report

Thirteen Housing Group has this week published its first ever Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report.

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25 Oct 2021

From improving energy efficiency in customers’ homes, to supporting colleague wellbeing and measuring and reporting on carbon emissions, the report highlights Thirteen’s social and environmental progress and how the organisation plans to build on this in future.

Heather Ashton, executive director of business change and improvement at Thirteen, said: “I am delighted that we have published our first Environmental, Social and Governance report and that as an organisation we are committed to delivering change in these key areas and being transparent about the steps we are taking to achieve our goals.

“As a social housing provider with more than 70,000 customers, we know that housing is about so much more than bricks and mortar, but often our broader social purpose isn’t well known to the wider world.

“Over the next five years, our commitment to our social purpose means we’ll invest over £1bn to improve our services, customers’ homes and their neighbourhoods, as well as deliver new, affordable homes.

“By adopting a sector-wide reporting standard that takes in the social, economic and environmental issues that matter most, we can begin to evidence the impact of not just Thirteen’s efforts but of our sector as a whole.”

Thirteen’s ESG report brings together a summary of the organisation’s activities and achievements in 2020, showcasing the impact it has made across 12 key indicators, as set out in the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing.

The Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing is a voluntary framework for housing providers to report on their ESG performance in a transparent, consistent and comparable way. Thirteen is an early adopter of the standard and one of the first housing providers to publish its ESG report.

View the report here