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 Friday 23 June, 16 brave graduates from across the UK climbed Mount Snowdon in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. This inaugural graduate charity challenge was a big success, raising and donating £10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Volunteering

GVA members of staff are now given an additional day’s leave to volunteer. Many used this to support a dementia friendly garden project. The garden project has helped encourage care settings make better use of their outdoor spaces.

Raising Awareness

GVA supported ‘Dementia Awareness Week’ with an internal campaign focusing on how the property sector can implement dementia friendly design into buildings and places.

Our 2016-2018 goals

Raise and donate money for our chosen national charity partners

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

Our 2016-2018 objectives

Donate a percentage of our revenue to charitable organisations

Develop our partnership with the Woodland Trust, our environmental charity

Create opportunities for staff to donate money, time and skills

Build a partnership with our “People’s” charity, as chosen by our staff

Continue to be a Foundation Partner of LandAid, the property sector charity

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 conducted dementia friendly audits on managed properties and using the action plan to make improvements

Statistics

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

2015

2016

2017

Achievements

Feedback

“Myself and the corporate partnerships team at Alzheimer’s Society love working with the team at GVA, 2017 was a fantastic year for our partnership with more than £120,000 was raised for the Society. However, our partnership with GVA goes so much further than just fundraising.

 

Throughout 2017 the team volunteered on a number of key projects, including redecorating the Templeton Day Centre. The team also supported through gift in kind, giving the society use of their meeting rooms across the UK. Thank you GVA for uniting with us against dementia.”

 

Georgie Davies, Senior Regional Corporate Partnerships Executive – Greater London