We lead the implementation of our strategy by promoting transparency and integrity so that we maximise quality, our relationships and the value we create for society.
Our strategy is predicated on key principles that shape how we work, helping us to embed our vision for sustainability and enabling us to evolve our approach through an active dialogue with stakeholders.
Our strategy is founded on a robust approach to governance with the involvement of senior management from across our three operating companies. Our vision for sustainability is a priority for Canary Wharf Group’s leadership team and their involvement means that our approach is informed by the future direction of the business, and the needs and concerns of a wide range of stakeholders.
Our Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) oversees our approach to responsible business and meets six times a year. The CRG is chaired by a managing director from within the Group, and membership includes senior management from across our three operating companies. They provide additional focus on a range of issues and have responsibilities defined within our ISO14001 and ISO 50001 certified Environment and Energy Management Systems.
Our business activities are guided and driven by a number of codes and policies. Our Code of Business Practices and Ethics provides an overarching benchmark. It is supported by a series of policies, including our Corporate Responsibility Policy, Modern Slavery Policy and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy (see www.group.canarywharf.com). Responsibility for compliance rests, ultimately, with all our employees. It is they who implement our programmes, achieve our targets and enable us to achieve our ambitions, helping us to push the boundaries of best practice and retain industry leadership.
We also recognise we live in a fast-changing world, and a future we are helping to shape. Although our governance structure has served us well, we are always exploring ways to improve our management and communications framework.
Materiality & Alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals
Growing stakeholder expectations of openness and transparency are driving demand for the management and reporting of a broader range of issues. It’s vital that we address these expectations while maintaining clear and effective communication of our performance. That is why our priorities are informed by and aligned to those of the local, national and international communities that we operate within.
Leading businesses are developing sustainability strategies and targets that support the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud to have aligned our strategy to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and will continue to use this framework to ensure we have set ambitious and appropriate objectives.
We maintain an ongoing effort to prioritise, identify, measure and manage our sustainability impacts, activities and opportunities. By taking into consideration corporate risks, stakeholder expectations and the trends and issue most relevant to our sector we can be confident that we have the right strategy in place and are communicating our progress in an engaging and concise manner.
Following our first materiality assessment in 2015 we continue to evolve our approach to materiality analysis and evaluation, improving our understanding, driving our progress and enhancing our long-term performance as a result.