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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

We are committed to driving change in the housing sector, through environmental, social and corporate governance which plays a vital role in supporting our social outcomes throughout our communities.

Here at One Vision Housing, we create a strong ESG proposition as it’s an inextricable part of how we operate.

During the 2020/21 financial year, we created a real impact, showing that as a social housing provider we go beyond simply providing homes where people can live. The outcomes of our social value work are not just felt by those living in One Vision Housing homes but also by the wider community, business’ in the region, the economy and the environment more generally.

What is Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)?

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting refers to the disclosure of data and activity covering an organisation’s operations in three areas: environmental, social and corporate governance.

It provides a snapshot of our impact and collective conscientiousness in these three areas. This reporting is used to demonstrate compliance with ESG reporting requirements for key stakeholders.


ENVIRONMENT

Environmental criteria, includes the energy One Vision Housing takes in and the output it discharges, the resources it needs, and the consequences for living being the result. Not least, environmental criteria encompasses carbon emissions and climate change. Every company uses energy and resources; every company affects, and is affected, by the environment.

Climate Change

We do more than merely be compliant with ESG laws. We lead in our area, showcasing that we are not only following laws, but actively looking at ways of improving and showcasing new ways for us to go above and beyond.

That is why the energy in our homes is run efficiently with 80% of our existing and new homes receiving an energy performance certification (EPC) of Band D or higher.


Corporate Carbon Footprint

We consider the impact our business has on our customers and service users as well as the wider community. To reach the goal of carbon neutrality we confirm that we have reduced our carbon footprint by 67% in comparison with Base Years Data 2010/2011.


Ecology

Biodiversity Impact

Building sustainable communities is essential as we transition to a better future. The protection and enhancement of biodiversity is a crucial component to our sustainability agenda. Here at One Vision Housing, we are committed to building high quality homes and communities where people want to live.

As part of this, we are increasing green space and promoting Biodiversity on or near our homes. As part of our commitment to enhance the environment through our operations, we partnered with local agencies to bring colour to our green spaces, and we created several community gardens across the Sefton borough.

Such additions can have far-reaching ecological impacts and living amongst nature areas has proven beneficial for peoples physical and mental wellbeing – a key factor in the creation of healthy, happy communities.

Flood Risk Assessments

One of our core functions is to provide our residents with suitable and safe accommodation. In order to mitigate the potential threat of flooding OVH utilise a Geographic Information Mapping System (GIS) that provides data for our areas/Estates, based on Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Seas (RoFRS) and Risk of flooding from Surface Water (RoFSW) data.


Environmental Achievements 2020/21

We have a deep commitment to the long-term sustainability of our homes and communities. That is why we have reduced energy gas consumption in our offices by 24% and we have reduced energy electrical consumption by 32%.

But being green isn’t just something we add to our agenda, it’s part of our fabric at One Vision Housing. That is why…

  • Recycling of cardboard increased by 51% in comparison with the previous year
  • And we recycled 100% of our office waste

In addition, our wider Group (The Sovini Group) has…

  • Reduced fuel consumption per vehicle by an average of 18%
  • And recycled 100% of construction waste

SOCIAL

Social criteria, addresses the relationships we have and the reputation we foster with our customers and partners in the communities where we put down roots. It includes employment relations, diversity and inclusion. We whole heartedly operate within a broader, diverse community who get involved in the betterment of the local communities in which we operate.

Social Value in the Supply Chain

All entities within One Vision Housing and those that are associated with us through our procurement arrangements and supply chains are committed to embedding the highest standards of social value governance to the heart of our company culture. We do this by focusing on integrating responsible sourcing in the supply chain.

Our Approved Suppliers are required to demonstrate how they will assist in delivering Social Value and the direct benefits they will provide through service delivery. For example, apprenticeships and workshops for tenants.

Suppliers are required to sign up to our Environment Commitment in sustaining the Environment and the neighbourhoods in which we work when procuring goods and services.


Affordability and Security

Scale of Provision

Governed by the Regulator of Social Housing we provide customers with rental options to suit all needs and circumstances, creating equal opportunities for all. From Rent to Buy and Affordable Rent to Social Housing and Independent Living. In total we provide almost 13,000 homes. A total of 86% of which are social rent and 8.11% are support housing.

Affordability

We believe in providing good quality, affordable homes for you to rent and buy, in thriving and inclusive communities. This is evidenced by the 96.5% of tenancies not in problem arrears.

As a non-for-profit organisation, you can be assured that the money from our occupants is reinvested in local communities, to provide quality services and to build new homes for those in need.


Building Safety and Quality

At One Vision Housing we believe that our service to our customers is more than just a landlord, we provide quality and safe homes in the communities we invest in.

That is why 100% of our homes have a valid Landlord Gas Safety Certificate and meet the Decent Homes Standard. In addition, of those building which require a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA), 100% are in date and compliant.


GOVERNANCE

Governance is the internal system of practices, controls and procedures One Vision Housing have adopted in order to govern our ESG impact. It supports us in making effective decisions, comply with the law, and meet the needs of external stakeholders.

Effective governance is exceptionally important in underpinning the work that we do. It enables us to manage risk effectively and take informed decisions based on evidence. We have been working hard to improve our governance framework and to embed a culture of good governance. By practicing environmental and social accountability and transparency at all levels of our organisation.

Our leadership culture is to create an organisational structure which uses core values of social responsibility when making business decisions to enable us to grow responsibly and sustainably.

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