Key Partner and Collaborate Initiatives
Stakeholder Engagement: Ensuring each of our five key stakeholders is aware of our sustainability ambitions is key to identifying opportunities for collaboration. Our five key stakeholder groups are: Investors, Customers, Suppliers, Communities and Employees.
Retailer Sustainability Forum: In 2015 we established a retailer sustainability forum, bringing together retailers from different sectors to discuss key issues and opportunities for collaboration. Following the launch of our Net Positive objective, we will be working to create further partnerships that deliver net positive outcomes.
Retailer Awards: We launched the Positive Growth Awards across the UK Shopping centre portfolio in 2016. The awards will run again in 2017.
Retailers complete an online assessment of in-store sustainability, and are awarded a status as well as provided with feedback and help to improve this.
Customer Engagement: In 2014 we ran the Big Positive Weekend, taking sustainability to the masses with a nationwide roadshow that travelled around nine of our shopping centres.
The event was a success and has spurred further centre specific engagement activities. In 2017, we are looking to create in-centre collaborative engagement events with our charity partners.
Investor Engagement: Engagement with our investors on sustainability and is growing as their expectations regarding good environmental, social and governance increase. We use one to one meetings, conferences and webinars to ensure our investors are kept up to date with our sustainability initiatives and performance. The increasing number of ethical and SRI focused funds are an important source of shareholder interest in the company.
We are included within the key investor sustainability indices FTSE for Good and the DJSI and participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project to provide transparent data. Our sustainability reporting is externally assured and compliant with sustainability reporting best practice standards of GRI and EPRA.
Our sustainability.hammerson.com website provides our latest performance data and updates for our investors.
Supplier Survey and Report: Our annual supply chain survey allows us to understand current practice amongst our suppliers, and ensure they are aware of and signed up to the Hammerson Code of Conduct.
By completing the survey, our suppliers are given a score and associated award level- Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. We share the scores of our suppliers each year in our Annual Supplier Report.