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UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a clear and ambitious framework for progress towards a more sustainable world.

We are cognisant that, as part of the business community, we have a role in tackling the global challenges which the SDGs seek to address. We have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of our business against the individual targets underpinning each SDG to identify the areas where we can have the most significant positive impact and align our own targets. 

As Master Developer, SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities – is the primary SDG which is directly relevant to our organisation and stakeholders. We believe this goal encompasses key elements of our sustainability approach with its focus on proactive climate risk management, inclusive prosperity and the creation of vibrant communities. We have also identified eight additional SDGs where we can make a positive difference and on which we will focus our efforts through the Sustainability Framework. 

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Relevant targets

11.2: Access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport. 
11.3: Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanisation. 
11.6: Reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities. 
11.7: Access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Direct and indirect contribution to the delivery of sustainable transport infrastructure. 
  • Continuous engagement with existing and prospective users to understand critical local needs. 
  • Pursuit of net zero carbon development sites and environmental net gain in all locations. 
  • Delivery of significant public open space and comprehensive landscape strategies and long-term maintenance plans. 

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Relevant targets 

4.4: Increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
4.A: Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and
gender sensitive.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Supporting good quality local jobs for people living in Urban&Civic local areas. 
  • Provision of focused training and apprenticeship opportunities to help upskill young, local people. 
  • Investment in the development of Urban&Civic employees, encouraging personal empowerment and stimulating growth in learning though formal and on-the-job training.
  • Delivery of high-quality community infrastructure including educational facilities. 

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Relevant targets 

7.1: Ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. 
7.2: Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. 
7.3: Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Commitment to achieve net zero carbon in our own business operations with an ambition to extend that goal to capture all direct and indirect emissions generated by our sites. 
  • Pushing the highest energy efficiency standards and implementing flexible energy strategies based on highly efficient sources to reduce operational carbon. 
  • Deployment of renewable energy on our sites and prioritisation of “green” electricity tariffs. 

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Relevant targets 

8.5: Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, and equally pay for work of equal value. 
8.6: Substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship through the Master Developer (MD) model, embracing an agile operating model which allows us to continually evolve. 
  • Supporting good quality local jobs including upskilling young people. 

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Relevant targets 

9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development and human wellbeing. 
9.3: Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises into value chains and markets.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Provision of resilient outdoor space, utilities and extensive green, grey and blue infrastructure. 
  • Prioritising local suppliers, particularly small and medium-sized (SME) businesses, to stimulate prosperity for local communities. 
  • Collaboration with trusted partners to create places that are designed to last, flexible and adaptable to respond to a changing climate, new technology and new ways of living. 

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Relevant targets 

10.2: Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all. 
10.3: Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, promoting appropriate policies and action in this regard.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Crafting sociable and inclusive places that bring people together. 
  • Delivering community programmes with local parishes, councils, school boards and trusts. 
  • Supporting good quality local jobs for people living in Urban&Civic local areas. 
  • Fostering an inclusive workplace which encourages personal empowerment and seeks to nurture a happy and productive workforce which feels valued. 

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Relevant targets 

12.2: Achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. 
12.5: Substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Maximising the incorporation of key circular economy principles in our sites to ensure efficient use of natural resources. 
  • Reduction of construction waste generated on our sites through effective management and diversion of any unavoidable waste from landfill. 
  • Monitoring of environmental factors during construction, demolition and excavation activities. 

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Relevant targets 

13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters. 
13.2: Integrate climate change measures into strategies and planning.

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Enhancing the climate resilience of our operations through effective management of the physical risks associated with climate change and the acceleration of our net zero carbon transformations.
  • Provision of extensive green infrastructure which contributes to overall ecological enhancement and also forms part of our climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy.

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Relevant targets 

15.1: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats and halt the loss of biodiversity and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species. 

Urban&Civic impact 

  • Biodiversity net gain pursued on all our sites for stronger and more resilient local ecosystems. 
  • Delivery of landscape which brings demonstrable benefits in terms of ecological enhancement, carbon reduction, and wider health and wellbeing benefits associated with access to nature. 
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