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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

During the 2018/19 period Ethical Property Company housed 296 tenant organisations with 1,050 tenants being supported throughout the year.

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.

78% of whom feel we manage to make a wider social impact, while 89% agree that we offer good value for money.

EPC Tenants

Area of work

Ethical Property Company's tenants’ work covered a wide variety of activities, as the following table indicates (though many organisations could fit into more than one category, each has been placed within the most pertinent).

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.

Reducing energy use

We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our buildings and the company. We are currently working to a target of 170kW per square metre, and we are pleased to report that most of our centres are now achieving this. For those that aren’t, we are making further improvements.

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. We are pleased to report that 97% of business travel expenditure was on public transport, and the vast majority of our people travel to work via sustainable methods.

NB staff may use more than one mode of transport to get to work, so the percentages of respondents add up to more than 100%

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

Ethical procurement

The company 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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