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Getting to grips with ESG – growing knowledge of the new Sustainability Reporting Standard

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 26 May 2021 10:00
  • End 26 May 2021 12:30


Getting to grips with ESG – growing knowledge of the new Sustainability Reporting Standard

Virtual workshop

With environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting becoming increasingly important for the social housing sector, this workshop will help organisations understand why it matters and how to find and capture relevant data.

According to Homes England, there is an “increasingly significant” focus on the need to demonstrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to secure the necessary investment for affordable housing development.

Large social housing investment funders are introducing progressively stricter impact criteria on their affordable housing funding streams, meaning that there is greater pressure on registered providers to evidence performance in this area.

In response, the sector has worked with financial institutions and The Good Economy to create a new Sustainability Reporting Standard, published last November, to help organisations report on their ESG performance in a ‘transparent, consistent and comparable way’.

As well as financial implications, the government’s focus on resident engagement and sustainability targets for social housing means that there will be a growing demand to demonstrate ESG compliance in future.

With no standard practice for measuring or demonstrating ESG information, many housing providers are unsure how to capture or report relevant data. A lack of cohesion between departments can lead to pertinent information falling through the cracks.

This workshop session is designed to help organisations to understand the importance of ESG data, where relevant data is being generated within different departments, and how coming changes will impact on future development activity.

Topics covered include:

  • What is ESG reporting?
  • Why are investment funders focusing on impact?
  • The government’s focus on ESG
  • The Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing: 12 themes and 48 criteria for measurement
  • Tools for collating ESG data.


  • Barry Malki, Director, Social Squared and HQN associate
  • Andy Smith, Head of Housing Impact Services, The Good Economy

About Barry Malki

Barry has worked with a number of FTSE 250 companies to develop their approach to social value, as well as developing strategies for local authorities, housing providers and central government agencies. He was recently on a review panel to make recommendations for future changes to the social value legislation and is a strategic partner of Social Value UK and Social Value International. 

Who should attend: 

  • Chief Executives
  • Executive teams
  • Board members
  • Finance professionals
  • Development teams
  • Governance teams
  • Strategy and policy people
  • Sustainability Managers.
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