Together We Can
Make Sustainability Real
2019 Sustainability Report
A letter from our CEO
What does the future look like?
At a time like this, it seems harder than ever to predict what the next few years will hold. As we write this introduction, the UK and the world are facing a global crisis unlike anything faced before. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to re-evaluate the way we work, travel and interact.
Covid-19 has demonstrated beyond doubt that we are living in a single biosphere. What happens in Wuhan can have consequences in Westminster in a matter of days. The great benefits of our increasingly interconnected, globalised world can also bring new dangers.
Canary Wharf is a place with resilience built into its very fabric, and that is what has allowed us to respond so quickly and efficiently to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is that same resilience that will allow us to build back better from this pandemic, founded of close relationships with our tenants, customers, suppliers and community in order to tackle the climate crisis together.
We are proud of what our team has achieved over the last year, in particular our pioneering work on reducing plastic waste and eliminating waste going to landfill. This report sets out some of those achievements.
But we can go much further. As we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, there is an unprecedented opportunity to come back greener and smarter. Our commitment to ambitious Science Based Targets demonstrates our renewed determination to effect real, measurable change. The science is increasingly clear and compelling.
We must all take responsibility for climate change and act now to reduce our emissions. It is time for everyone in a position of influence to step up and shoulder responsibility. Only then can we look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them we have done our duty to the planet which they will inherit.
As Chief Executive Officer, I take full responsibility for the environmental, social and governance priorities of our business. We are steadfast in our resolve to do not only all we can as an organisation, but to harness the power of our stakeholders to do everything we can as a collective. This means involving our entire value chain, our tenants, our suppliers, and our community in this mission.
It is only by working collaboratively through innovation and determination, that we can deliver the change we need to see.
Together we can do it.
Canary Wharf Group plc