At Kingdom we have a long and successful track record of sustainable development. Our Sustainability Policy identifies our intentions and confirms our commitment to the integration of sustainability considerations into all our business decisions.
Sustainability means different things to different people and is defined in different ways. We have adopted the Brundtland definition of Sustainable Development (1987) as part of our policy, which confirms that we will try to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainability applies to people, properties and the environment and we aim, as far as practicable, to ensure that all actions and business operations undertaken by us, both directly, and on our behalf, reflect our commitment to sustainability. The following provides a couple of examples of how we try to achieve sustainability objectives through the work we do.
Sustainable Development; We have a large capital investment programme and aim to provide an additional 2,500 new affordable homes during the 5 year period up to 2022/23. All our new homes are designed to achieve high sustainability and environmental standards. Examples of projects where we have achieved this include our Turner Crescent and Pittenweem projects, along with the Housing Innovation Showcase project we developed in Dunfermline.
Maintenance; Through our asset management strategy we maintain our homes to the highest standards and try to ensure they meet the highest possible Scottish Housing Quality and Energy Efficiency Standards for Social Housing.
Tenants and Customers; In addition to providing high quality, affordable, sustainable homes, to meet peoples housing needs, we provide a full range of support, assistance and advice services to assist tenancy sustainment.
Support & Care Services and our Care & Repair Project; We provide care, support, advice and assistance services to help individuals sustain their homes and facilitate independent living.
Staffing and Employment; We promote a culture with a focus on educating, training and motivating staff, to manage change and conduct their activities in a sustainable manner.
Procurement; We have developed a Sustainable Procurement Strategy which identifies how we aim to demonstrate a sustainable, clear and structured approach to all our procurement activities.
Supporting Sustainable Communities; We provide a range of community initiatives projects which help build and sustain communities, including resident and community projects; training and employment services; environmental and energy efficiency projects; education and schools initiatives and public art projects.
If anyone would like to find out more about the work we do, or have any suggestions on how we can further enhance our sustainability approach please contact us at Kingdom@kingdomhousing.org.uk
Bill Banks, Kingdom Group Chief Executive