Statement from Louise Ellison, Group Head of Sustainability
"Hammerson’s business vision is to create desirability for consumers, brands, commercial partners and communities. Our Brand Strategy Framework sets out the key pillars of work for achieving this vision.
Positive Places directly supports the delivery of this overarching vision for the business. We strive to ensure we are the best at generating value for all our stakeholders through creating and managing retail assets that deliver positive impacts, environmentally, socially and economically.
Our assets have significant material impacts on the landscape, the environment, their local communities and local and regional economies. Such significant impacts must be managed responsibly, through real collaboration with our suppliers and clients; with respect for their local communities and with enough ambition to make them fit for the future generations they will serve.
We are designing assets now that we expect to be part of our built landscape for the next 50 years and beyond. Making sure they are designed to remain fit for purpose over such a significant time frame and through a period of rapid environmental, technological and social change is a major challenge that will require an ambitious and constantly evolving approach to the way we work.
It is clear that the good work being done by us, and a number of other companies, to reduce our impacts, is not sufficient. The evolution of our Positive Places strategy and the creation of our five key commitments in 2015 was the first step towards a much more ambitious sustainability strategy. Now, in 2017, we have taken the bold step of setting out a strategy to become Net Positive for Carbon, Resource Use, Water and Socio-economic impacts by 2030."