Corporate

Responsibility

Report 2018

Shaping the future

Environmental Stewardship

Protecting our resources, reducing our impacts

Culture and Wellbeing

Maintaining and enhancing our status of employer of choice

Governance and Ethics

Business operations with a conscience

Sustainability in Services

Leading the market towards a sustainable

built environment

Community and Charity

Working together to create opportunities

Over the last three years, we have enjoyed an excellent partnership with our people charity partners – the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland. During this time, we built strong links with the charities, raising over £240,000 through our fundraising campaigns, volunteering on many projects and spreading awareness of dementia.

Most importantly we have turned our partnership into a strategic relationship by utilising our real estate skills to make large-scale change to the lives of people living with dementia. This was achieved through providing pro-bono advice on their buildings and estate, auditing the properties we manage to ensure they meet high standards of dementia care, and also lending the Alzheimer’s Society our meeting room space for strategic planning.

Graduate charity challenge

On 11 August, 17 brave graduates from across the UK took part in a grueling half marathon for our partner charity, Alzheimer’s Society, raising £6,000. The challenge was a marathon hike along Hadrian’s Wall, one of England’s most distinctive historical landmarks.

Dementia Friendly Group

In partnership with Notting Hill Genesis, GVA launched an industry working group to tackle dementia in the build environment. The Dementia Friendly London Housing Group formed to help deliver the Mayor of London’s 2017 – 2022 dementia strategy.

Funding dementia research

In 2018 we extended our people’s charity partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society for an additional year. All fundraising this year has supported a dementia research project progressing knowledge on the genetic risks of Alzheimer’s disease.

Our 2016-2018 goals

Raise and donate money for our chosen national charity partner

Provide time and skills pro-bono via our national charity partners

Our 2018 objectives

Build a UK wide charitable foundation

Develop our partnership with our People’s charity, as chosen by our staff

Create opportunities for staff to volunteer in their local community

Alignment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 3: Good health and well-being
UN SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Challenge:
Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

The property sector has an important role to play in making cities safe, resilient and sustainable.

GVA action:
Dementia is one of the greatest health challenges we face in society today. GVA has started on its journey to becoming a dementia-friendly organisation helping to address the impact of dementia.

GVA is a co-chair of the Dementia Friendly Housing working group formed to help deliver the Mayor of London’s 2017 – 2022 dementia strategy.

Statistics

GVA continues to collect, monitor and publish the levels of financial contribution made to our chosen charity partners

2016

2017

2018

Achievements

Feedback

“Thank you GVA for your incredible support over the last 3 years. It has been fantastic working with the team over the last year and it’s incredible to see how much has been achieved since the partnership began in 2016.”

 

Georgie Davies, Senior Regional Corporate Partnerships Executive – Greater London