Midland Heart publishes first ESG report

Leading housing association, Midland Heart, has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report.

11th Oct 2021 - Corporate news
By  Sarah O'Leary

The report details the organisations’ contributions to the UN’s sustainable development goals, climate change, structure and governance, residents voice and more.

Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Finance and Growth, said: “Last year we were able to demonstrate our strength and resilience as an organisation through unprecedented times. We are keen to demonstrate our commitment to our communities and the wider environment, and how our work as a Housing Association contributes to the UN sustainability goals. . Having signed up as an early adopter of the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing, I’m delighted that we will have a rigorous and transparent way of recording this important journey.

“With 90% customer satisfaction, compliance on building safety and delivering 4,000 new homes by 2025, our record for achieving top quality housing management, by getting the basics right first, speaks for itself. I am determined that we will apply this same grounded approach to decarbonisation, taking a measured approach to the different interventions we can make to make a positive impact for our customers, communities, and the wider environment."

Some of Midland Heart’s key commitments are:

  • A planned retrofitting programme across existing housing stock, initially focusing on ensuring 60% of properties meet a minimum of EPC C with remaining properties meeting a minimum of EPC D by 2025.
  • Continuing to build as many new homes as possible, delivering the core product of genuinely affordable homes, piloting future building regulations technologies.
  • Introducing a new Office Environment Policy, building on the work already done to improve energy efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Launching a Carbon Reduction Plan.

The full report is available to read here.