The Good Economy has a strong track record in providing impact measurement and management services to investors in social and affordable housing – working with specialist local investors to the world's largest global real estate investment firms.
We also play a leading role in developing ESG and impact reporting standards for the wider social housing sector, as a founding partner of the ESG Social Housing Working Group.
Affordable housing is recognised as a universal social good within the Sustainable Development Goals. “Access to adequate, safe and affordable housing” is a core target for Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
But housing is not just about 'bricks and mortar’. Having a decent, affordable home is an important determinant of people's health and well-being (Goal 3), has a positive effect on children’s education (Goal 4), can help people get and sustain employment (Goal 8) and can provide a route out of poverty (Goal 1). Housing’s carbon footprint can also be reduced through the right energy efficiency and construction measures (Goals 7 and 13).
Sarah Forster on why ESG reporting in social housing could open up the sources of capital required to rebuild in the new normal
Sarah Forster on a TGE collaboration to develop a standard approach to ESG and impact performance reporting for investors
The third annual Impact Report for Civitas Social Housing PLC, which was launched in 2016 as the first Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) specialised in investing in social housing, with a focus on specialist supported living
A consultation paper setting out recommendations to enhance ESG reporting by housing associations to boost flows of investment