ESG

We believe that having a robust ESG strategy is essential to building a responsible, sustainable business. It benefits not only our customers and employees, but also our local communities and wider stakeholders.

We continually set ourselves challenging environmental, social and governance targets, so we can maintain and grow a strong, sustainable business. This page outlines our ambitions, how we are working to deliver on our responsibilities, and how we’re embedding them within our business DNA.

Environment

We recognise the impact that our business has on the environment, and are committed to rising to the climate change challenge. We take ownership of the environmental impact we make, and work to reduce and minimise this wherever possible.

 

Our portfolio of workspaces is a combination of owned and leased buildings, spanning modern properties through to iconic, listed buildings. While this creates some complexities for us – in particular the buildings where we don’t have direct control, or the listed buildings where interventions are much harder to implement – we are committed to the challenge. And this reaches beyond our own business to working with our partners and the wider office space industry, to drive change and continual improvement.

 

In order to achieve our aspiration of creating a climate-resilient business, we’ve set ourselves these key targets:

 

Environment
Carbon Footprint
We’re committed to measuring, monitoring, and reducing our carbon footprint annually, including all scope one and two emissions.
Net Zero Carbon
We are working to achieve Net Zero Carbon for our business, and create a climate-resilient portfolio. We are currently developing a clear roadmap for delivering on this.
Zero Waste to Landfill
We’re committed to increasing our recycling rates each year, and achieving Zero Waste to Landfill across our business.
Supporting the wider industry
We’re striving to drive the sustainability agenda forwards and collaborating with the wider industry. We will work with like-minded businesses to share best practice, learn from each other and collaborate to find solutions.

For more information about our Environmental Policy, click here. 

 

SOCIAL

We are committed to empowering our employees, supporting our customers, and taking an active role in the wider community we’re part of.

 

Argyll has a deep affinity for London – where our business lives and thrives. We believe that there are great opportunities for us to use our passion and our skills to support the continuing prosperity of the capital, and the people who live there.

 

In striving to achieve our ambition, our key focus areas are:

Social
Customers
Creating opportunities to support the local community that our customers can get involved with.
Employees
Ensuring that we foster a culture that empowers, unifies and develops exceptional people, who deliver on our premium service values.
Community & Charity
Working to raise career aspirations and providing access to work experience opportunities for those in need – in particular, young people.

 

Our 2020 Love4London initiative set out to give back to the communities on our doorstep. We chose seven local charities close to Argyll buildings in our local communities, and close to our hearts. Over four months, our team collected toiletries, toys and unwanted items, donated furniture, hosted a quiz, created a cookbook and raised funds to support those who need it most – and we had fun doing it. We look forward to building on this work.

“For the 1 in 8 children who have no books at home, we are grateful to the Argyll team for helping us keep London’s children reading during these difficult times and beyond.”  –  Doorstep Library

 

In 2021 our charitable partner, as voted for by our team, is The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields is a homeless charity in central London, supporting thousands of people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London.

They do this by tackling the underlying causes of rough sleeping as well as offering practical help. They provide immediate practical relief with accommodation, hot meals, laundry and showers, and also give tailored specialist advice, support and training so that people can make longer-term changes and recover from homelessness. 

We will be launching various initiatives to support them throughout the year, but in the meantime you can find out more about their work here. 

 

Governance

We operate a strong, transparent governance and reporting framework to drive our business’ success.

 

Argyll recognises the importance of creating and maintaining a strong and robust governance and reporting framework, that underpins our business and is essential to our success.

 

In delivering on our ambition, our key focus areas are:

Governance
Talent & Diversity
Creating a strong culture of diversity and inclusion across our business. Encouraging and fostering diversity of thoughts and ideas, and ensuring we are the best we can be.
Health, safety and wellbeing
Recognising the importance of health, safety and wellbeing, and putting it at the core of our business operations.
Transparency
Continuing to be open and transparent about the areas our customers and employees care about. We celebrate what we’re good at, and are honest about what we need to work on.