Sustainability:
Our Approach

Sustainability

Our Approach

We believe that ESG must be fully embedded within all activities for us to succeed. We have put in place a robust, transparent management framework and strategy to achieve this.

Our Commitment to Stakeholders

We are committed to creating and operating a responsible and sustainable business which has a positive impact on all of our stakeholders. This includes improving our contribution to the environment, our social obligations to employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which we operate.

Our activities will be guided by setting ambitious and challenging targets that will guide our strategy, operations and employees over the coming years. For more information see our ESG Strategy page.

Our Governance

We believe that we need the collaboration of all our people to successfully deliver on our ESG strategy. We have set up a robust ESG Management Framework to ensure this  (shown in graphic below ). The Board is ultimately responsible for the consideration of its sustainability policies through the ESG Committee. The Committee is responsible for identifying, managing and mitigating or eliminating ESG risks in connection with the Group’s operations and corporate activity. It is a Board level Committee chaired by the Chairman. Management is informed through reports and feedback from the CFO/CSO who manages the day-to-day ESG working Group.

9%

The growth of full-time student numbers in ESPs locations vs 5% nationally over 5 years

165,965

The excess number of applicants who were not accepted to a UK University in 2017-18, indicating the continued demand for the UK’s quality Universities

18.4%

Rental costs up 18.4% between 2012 and 2016, significantly outperforming RPI

25%

The increase in full-time student population in the last ten years