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The Ethical Property Company

Social performance

The Ethical Property Company supports innovative and progressive organisations working for social change by taking care of their property needs. 

The Company aims to reduce the environmental impact of its properties as much as possible, investing in appropriate buildings in the areas which need it most.

Their social audit provides detailed and extensive information on its social and environmental performance. The content of this audit is determined by the Quintessentials, a set of over-arching reporting standards for all companies in the Ethical Property Family.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Number of social change organisations supported

The Company's core tenants are social change organisations, defined as those that work to effect a structural change in society to reduce inequality, deprivation or environmental degradation. They also include organisations working directly with marginalised or disadvantaged groups to help them break through social barriers and deprivation.

82% of their tenants were very positive about how their Centre impacts their day-to-day operations and 84% reported that being located in their Centre had a positive impact on their strategic objectives.

KSPI 2 - Size of tenants, by annual income

The Company aims to achieve a good spread of tenants in terms of size and tries to support smaller organisations as much as possible. Every tenant is asked to report on their annual revenue in the annual survey.

In 2016, 5.6% of respondents had an income of less than £50,000 a year.

Common environmental performance indicators (CEPIs)

CEPIs are environmental performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

The company consistently monitors and looks to improve upon its energy and water use, staff travel and waste management procedures.

It purchases as many of its products and services as possible from ethical sources and looks at new ways to improve the energy efficiency of its existing buildings. New-build centres are constructed or renovated to exacting environmental standards, typically higher than those set by government.

Carbon emissions

The Company put considerable effort into how they manage and report on the energy usage in their Centres.

In the last year, overall CO2 emissions (kg per m2) – supplier mix electricity fell by 28.4%.

Travel to work

Although the Company cannot dictate the way in which staff and tenants travel to work, it try to promote sustainable transport choices and make it as easy as possible for building users to avoid car use. The company provide facilities for non-car users such as cycle racks and showers in many of our centres and deliberately avoid generous provision of parking spaces. The Ethical Property Company also chooses to locate their Centres in areas that have good public transport connections.

As an indicator of the Company's success in promoting sustainable transport, it reports each year on the proportion of staff travelling to work by car and other modes of transport.

Of the 69 staff who responded to the travel survey, 57 individuals walked or cycled to work. Others used various other forms of transport including public transport and electric vehicle. Only 10 where lone users of a car.

Waste and recycling

All Centres have extensive recycling facilities, with most offering paper, card, glass and plastic recycling as a minimum. The Company provide the resources and contractors necessary for food recycling in all Centres where tenants are prepared to have this in place and are keen to participate.

Staff teams arrange periodic special bulky items collections for tenants at all buildings, when there is sufficient demand or when the Company have their own materials requiring removal. The company also organises electrical goods collections from time to time, making it easy for tenants to send defunct or obsolete equipment to be re-processed.

Common social performance indicators (CSPIs)

CSPIs are social performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Community investment

Nine of the Ethical Property Company's Centres fall within the most deprived 30% of local areas in the country, according to the Indexes of Multiple Deprivation. All of the Company's properties are in local areas classified as being among the top 50% of the most deprived local areas.

Ethical procurement

The Ethical Property Company is on target to use electricity suppliers which purchase their electricity from 100% renewable sources by the end of 2018. The company also purchases its phone calls and systems from the Phone Co-op.


The Ethical Property Company produces social accounts. These accounts have been externally audited since 2010.

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