Our Positive Places Strategy

Positive Places incorporates and represents all sustainability activity at Hammerson including our new objective - to become net positive by 2030.

Our Positive Places Commitments

Five core commitments underpin the way we think and behave as we create more positive places. These commitments each have their own set of targets and actions with key programmes for delivery. They reflect our commitment to leadership, partnership, the protection of our environment and support of our communities and the importance of our people in delivering and managing complex, challenging projects. These commitments will help to focus our efforts as we strive to achieve our ambitious sustainability vision and Net Positive objective. 


CHALLENGE AND INNOVATE: We will challenge the status quo and trial new approaches and solutions to support the transition to a net positive business

SERVE AND INVEST: We will deliver social value to the communities we serve, measured in net positive jobs, skills, civic pride and investment

PROTECT AND ENHANCE: We will protect and enhance our natural environment by minimising resource consumption and delivering restorative projects to deliver a net positive environmental impact

PARTNER AND COLLABORATE: We will take a stakeholder led approach to create collaborative projects that deliver net positive outcomes

UPSKILL AND INSPIRE: We will invest in our people, as well as recognising and rewarding those delivering change that delivers on our net positive objective

Statement from Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability

'Hammerson’s business vision is to create desirability for consumers, brands, commercial partners and communities. Our Brand Strategy Framework sets out the key pillars of work for achieving this vision.

Positive Places directly supports the delivery of this overarching vision for the business. We strive to ensure we are the best at generating value for all our stakeholders through creating and managing retail assets that deliver positive impacts, environmentally, socially and economically.

Our assets have significant material impacts on the landscape, the environment, their local communities and local and regional economies. Such significant impacts must be managed responsibly, through real collaboration with our suppliers and clients; with respect for their local communities and with enough ambition to make them fit for the future generations they will serve.

We are designing assets now that we expect to be part of our built landscape for the next 50 years and beyond. Making sure they are designed to remain fit for purpose over such a significant time frame and through a period of rapid environmental, technological and social change is a major challenge that will require an ambitious and constantly evolving approach to the way we work.

It is clear that the good work being done by us, and a number of other companies, to reduce our impacts, is not sufficient. The evolution of our Positive Places strategy and the creation of our five key commitments in 2015 was the first step towards a much more ambitious sustainability strategy.  Now, in 2017, we have taken the bold step of setting out a strategy to become Net Positive for Carbon, Resource Use, Water and Socio-economic impacts by 2030."