NEWS: UKGBC research proves that leading built environment businesses are adopting increasingly ambitious sustainability commitments

Latest report ‘Leading the Way’ looks at sustainability trends and insights from UKGBC’s 50 industry-leading Gold Leaf member businesses.
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February 26, 2019

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Today, UKGBC Gold Leaf members gathered in central London to hear insights from research into their sustainability progress. UKGBC’s third annual Leading the Way report presents trends and analysis from research conducted as part of UKGBC’s annual Sustainability 360 Reviews into each of these member companies.

The UKGBC team reviewed the commitments of the charity’s Gold Leaf members and collected best practice examples across UKGBC’s five key impact areas: Climate Change, Resource Use, Nature & Biodiversity, Health & Wellbeing and Socio-economic impact.

The report identifies future trends and the business case for taking action on sustainability and sets out the strategic commitments of Gold Leaf members. It provides insight on how organisations within the built environment can transition towards more sustainable business practices and how UKGBC is working with its members to make this possible.

Headline findings include:

  • 40% of Gold Leaf members have a strategic commitment relating to circular economy (up from 6% in 2017)
  • 22% of Gold Leaf members have committed to biodiversity net gain (up from 9% in 2017)
  • 48% of Gold Leaf members have linked their strategy to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (up from 23% in 2017)

 

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC said:

“It is encouraging to see the proportion of our Gold Leaf members making ambitious commitments to sustainability more than doubling in some areas in the past year. This goes to the heart of the rationale for introducing our annual Sustainability 360 Review for these aspiring sustainability leaders – to chart their progress and link this to our own impact as a charity.

“That said, the daily reminders of the extreme urgency of some of the environmental and social challenges we face, the increased pressure coming from young children around the world, and the ever-strengthening business case for taking more radical action all point to the need for progress to accelerate even further.

“This review also recognises such challenges and opportunities, and outlines progressive next steps our members can take towards a more sustainable built environment. We look forward to continuing to support and challenge our Gold Leaf members to take an even more progressive stance, and to collaborate and innovate in order to achieve more transformational change in the years ahead.”

In addition to Leading the Way, the most recent 360 review process also informed UKGBC’s Insights into Nature and Biodiversity report published earlier this month.

All Gold Leaf UKGBC members receive an individual sustainability 360 report, with organisation-specific feedback to help inform their sustainability approach. If you are interested in finding out more about how your organisation could benefit from Gold Leaf membership of UKGBC, please contact Munish Datta.

For more information about this report or UKGBC’s Sustainability 360 review process, please contact Anna Surgenor.