Increasing pressure could be the hidden gem to crystallising our industry’s approach to delivering true social value.
In recent times we’ve seen our social value focus sharpened by a series of crises that have each presented society with previously unchartered adversity – but if recent experience has taught us anything, it’s that by joining together with our peers, clients and stakeholders across the built environment community we can solve the big problems that our world faces.
We must remain unified in our human focussed responses, but once again step up a gear in our ambitions to deliver true, tangible value back to the communities in which we exist, demonstrable by enhanced lived experiences.
To scale up and multiply positive impact, I believe we must learn from a decade of progress; we must reframe our ambitions and evolve performance measurement; and we must work in partnership to share the knowledge and tools to ensure commitments live on within the communities in which we operate.
ISG’s latest research report, ‘The power of place: The True cost of inaction’, which canvassed occupiers, asset owners and investors alike, highlights the defining role the places around us have on the fabric and future vibrancy of our towns and cities. The good news is, we’re now facing a prime opportunity to revive our society and communities through a focus on the physical infrastructure, buildings and places that knit them together – both the desire and the pathway for communities to take control of their own destiny and revival is crystallising.
Why Cambois is still the UK's best location for a gigaplant
Peter Millett shares his thoughts on why Cambois remains a prime location for re-energising the North-East and the vital role ISG’s social value team plays in making a positive difference to individuals, communities and the long-term health of the planet.
But how do we play a role in turning rhetoric into outcomes that matter? I believe we need to take an empirical approach to winning minds, whilst still winning hearts.
Accountability has to start at home, but not by acting alone – collaboration is the cornerstone of progress.
We know the footprint of what we do extends beyond the delivery of the physical asset.