In early December I was pleased to take part in a panel discussion at the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Smaller Housing Associations’ conference.
The session ‘How can smaller housing associations communicate their engagement with ESG matters?’ shone a light on how smaller HAs had found ESG reporting so far. Some of my key takeaways from myself and other panelists are included below:
- The SRS is easy to engage with, has no targets and is not audited, making it accessible for smaller HAs
- After initially aiming ESG reports for professional audiences, some now want to make their reports more resident friendly
- Smaller HAs often use local suppliers and business which can be demonstrated via the SRS
- Revisiting the SRS each year can help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses
I would like to thank the NHF for inviting me to speak and I look forward to engaging with more small HAs in the future.
Sarah Forster, board member, SfH