As a Group with an ever-expanding reach, we understand that our impact and responsibilities extend beyond our immediate surroundings, into the lives of our employees, the environment, and our local and global communities. We take seriously these responsibilities and strive for the highest standards of ethical behaviour to protect and support our employees, our communities and our planet. We believe that every one of us has a shared responsibility to protect and preserve our planet and its environment, for this and future generations.
Despite making good progress in recent years we believe we are still early in our journey to minimise the impact we have on the environment and to drive positive change.
We also wish to create a working environment where our employees feel supported and valued, with their achievements recognised and rewarded. Though our Group operations are varied in many ways, each part of Design Group globally is committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner, with a focus on having a positive impact in every interaction we have.
During the year we have developed a framework to help shape the Group’s approach to sustainability, manage the risks and challenges faced as well as seize the expected opportunities. The framework will also enable us to demonstrate, monitor and improve our performance to drive our business forward sustainably.
Our approach to sustainability is underpinned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 goals, along with the 169 targets that underpin them, were reviewed to identify those areas which Design Group can maximise our positive contribution.
Our areas of focus
Last year we launched our sustainability framework ‘helping design a better future’ to help shape the Group’s approach to sustainability and enable us to demonstrate, monitor and improve our ESG performance.
Over the coming year we aim to further refine the sustainability framework along with the priorities, KPIs and goals that we will hold ourselves accountable to. We will also begin to track the progress of each of our key target areas and endeavour to report on these.
Link to strategy
Design Group’s sustainability framework, ‘helping design a better future’, will work alongside our strategy. Adopting a holistic business-wide approach to sustainability is a significant driver of commercial advantage and links into our existing strategic pillars: working with the winners, design & innovation and efficiency & scale.