Sustainability:
Our ESG Strategy

Our ESG Strategy

ESG Strategy

We believe that to deliver upon our ESG Strategy, which was informed by a comprehensive materiality assessment carried out in 2021, we need all our people to deliver upon the following key priorities:

Becoming a sustainable business and achieving net zero

We intend to become net zero in our operations, property portfolio and energy consumption by 2035. We will reduce our environmental impact of our buildings annually as part of a strategy through investment in energy and resource efficiencies and encourage our students to increase their sustainable behaviour. We have also set a wider target of being net zero in all our emissions (adding scope 3) by 2050 or sooner.

For more information on our progress, see our ESG Reporting page.

Excelling in providing health and safety

We continue to build on our established good practice in Health and Safety where we operate. We also understand the need to create environments that make our students and employees feel safe.

For more information on the actions we have taken and our key aims, see our ESG Reporting page.

Enhancing mental health and wellbeing

The wellbeing and mental health of our students and employees is a top priority for us. We also know how it can also make a positive impact on our business and the wider community.

During the last year we undertook a number of different actions to address this, including: our staff carrying our mental health first aid training, wellbeing weeks signposting resources and launching a survey so we could better understand where we can add more value.

For more information on our initiatives and aims to have a positive impact upon mental health and wellbeing, see our ESG Reporting page.

Providing opportunities for all

We believe that being inclusive improves opportunities for our students, employees and people living in the communities we operate in. This will not only create long-term value to our business, but also society.

During the last year we have become a Living Wage employer and set measurements in place for staff training, among other initiatives. To find out more about our progress and our wider aims, see our ESG Reporting page.

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