Our climate change commitments
As a mutual, we take the long-term view when looking at what’s best for our investments, business, customers, members and society as a whole. We have a legal duty to act in the best interest of our customers, which is why we've developed our own climate change action plan.
We might not be able to predict the future, but we can prepare for it by understanding the risks and opportunities arising from climate change. We believe by doing this, we can help to safeguard the long-term interests of our customers.
Recognising that climate change is an issue that can impact all areas of our business, we’ve created a strategy that applies to our investment activities, operations, approach to risk management and our commitments to our stakeholders.
We have five key commitments:
Climate risk policy
We require our asset managers to develop and put in place a climate risk policy.
Low carbon economy
We’ll promote the case for moving to a low carbon economy to policymakers and influential stakeholders.
We’ll consider climate change risk within our risk management and business planning.
We’ll consider climate change risks and opportunities in our own operations.
Keeping you up to date
We’ll report on our progress in our annual report and on our website at least once a year, in line with recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
We know that climate change will have a long-term impact on customers and society, our investments, business and of course, our planet.
That’s why we have five key climate change commitments in place.
We require our asset managers to put a climate risk policy in place. We believe this helps to ensure the companies we invest in are playing their part to support the transition to a low carbon economy.
We’ll promote moving to a low carbon economy to influential policymakers and stakeholders.
We’ll consider climate change risk within our own risk management and business planning.
We’re also examining the fine details of our own operations, like how we can limit our carbon footprint, work more efficiently, and launch initiatives that will help us play our part in tackling climate change.
We’ll report on our progress in our annual report and on our website at least once a year, so you can stay up to date with what we’re doing.
We might not be able to predict the future, but we can prepare for it by having these commitments in place. We believe doing this can help to safeguard the long-term interests of our customers.
And help to protect our most valuable asset of all – the environment.
We’ve already made a start
It’s important to us that we look for ways to make our own business more efficient, so that we can reduce our own carbon footprint and the impact our offices have on the environment.
We’ve reduced our CO2 emissions by 495 tonnes in a year, from 3,395 in 2017 to 2,900 in 2018.
We’ve removed paper coffee cups across all our offices, as well as single-use plastic cups.
We’ve invested in meeting technology to reduce the amount of travel between our offices.
As part of our ongoing commitment to fighting climate change, we’re creating an Environmental Improvement Plan that will set environmental targets across our offices and operations in relation to energy efficiency and carbon emissions.
Some of these include:
- Achieving a BREEAM Certification of Very Good or above for any new offices
- Reducing energy usage and carbon emissions in our current buildings per head
- Setting targets for reducing waste per head
- Continuing to send no office waste to landfill
- Improving the way we separate waste to increase our recycling
What this means for you
We’ll continue to look for ways to reduce our impact, become more efficient, and always think about the environment when making decisions about our offices and operations.
We take this responsibility seriously, so we’ll measure how we’re performing against our commitments on a regular basis, and will report our own environmental footprint publicly to our customers and members, too.