Establishing our strategy
In order to achieve our purpose of making a difference, we need to deliver significant environmental and social impact throughout everything we do. Our founder, William Sutton, a Victorian philanthropist, set us on our mission. It was simple: to provide good homes to those who needed them most.
That was 120 years ago and we’re not stopping now. Today the world is different, and the difference we make is more important than ever.
Whilst the cost of living has never been higher, we are also bearing the environmental costs of a planet taken for granted. The world needs net zero carbon, and we are leading the transition to net zero carbon homes by 2050, generating over £3bn worth of social value along the way.
Importantly, we’re not starting from scratch – we’re building on the great progress we’ve already made. We’re just turning up the dial to ensure that everything across Clarion, everything we build, everything we own, everything we do is making a difference for our people and for our planet.
We’ve aligned our strategy with the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and our pledge is to be transparent, accountable and real on our journey. Our reporting is aligned with the Sustainability Reporting Standard (SRS) for Social Housing, covering 48 Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria.
Reflecting on Clarion Housing Group's performance in 2022/23
Not starting from scratch
All the success we've achieved this year is just a continuation of the significant progress we've made, we're now just turning up the dial to ensure that every action we take across Clarion, every home we build or manage is fit for our residents, our people and our planet.
In 2022/23 we:
- Delivered more than £139m in social value, of which £137m was a result of Clarion Futures activity in our communities nationwide
- Directly invested £20m in energy efficiency measures
- Achieved EPC C or above on 73% of our existing homes.
Sustainability at Clarion
At Clarion, we are committed to delivering significant environmental and social impact throughout everything we do.
Find out more about our sustainability strategy, work and priorities.
Making a difference
Energy and carbon
We need to move towards renewable energy as fast as possible, and in doing so reduce our carbon emissions to net zero
Renewables and materials
We need to use less and reuse more within a circular economy
Biodiversity and nature
We need to implement biodiversity strategies to enhance and protect our natural environment
Restoring social equality
We need to eliminate fuel poverty and deliver positive social impact through everything we do.
Wellbeing and placemaking
We need to build and manage places that improve the physical and mental health of our residents
We need to ensure our developments and communities are protected from the future risks of climate change
Disclosure and sustainable finance
We need to openly compare ourselves to other businesses and ensure we lead the way in transparent and honest communication of achievements and challenges
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
We need to celebrate the richness of our diversity and reflect the communities we serve
Ethics and procurement
We need to uphold the highest standards across every aspect of the business
“Our focus is on making a difference and being a force for good for both people and planet.”