The UK's Largest Volume Housebuilders and the Sustainable Development Goals

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2020) The UK's Largest Volume Housebuilders and the Sustainable Development Goals. Property Management, 39 (1). pp. 139-152. doi:10.1108/PM-06-2020-0036

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed at a United Nations General Assembly in 2015 embrace an ambitious and wide-ranging set of global environmental, social, and economic issues designed to effect a transition to a more sustainable future. The United Nations called on all governments to pursue these ambitious goals but also acknowledged the important role of the private sector in addressing the SDGs. This paper offers an exploratory review of how some of the UK’s largest volume housebuilders publicly claim to be committed to addressing the SDGs .: The paper provides an outline of the characteristics of sustainable development, of the SDGs and of the frame of reference and method of enquiry employed in the study, prior to reviewing the findings from the largest UK housebuilders .The findings revealed that seven of the largest housebuilding companies claimed to be committed to contributing to the SDGs, though the scale and the extent of their claimed commitments varied. In reviewing the housebuilders approach to the SDGs, the authors drew attention to three challenges the housebuilders may face in pursuing their claimed commitment to the SDGs, namely, concentrating on specific goals, measurement, and reporting. ..The paper offers an accessible review of how seven of the UK’s largest housebuilders claimed to be committed to addressing the SDGs.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; Housebuilding Companies; UK; Reporting; SDG Wash; Housebuilding Companies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 09:17

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