I am pleased to present Vicinity Unwrapped – Our Sustainability Story, an overview of our business’ Sustainability journey so far, as well as a summary of our historical and more recent performance up to the end of FY17.
Our purpose of Enriching Community Experiences recognises that through our centres, we have an important role to play in shaping better and stronger communities – an essential element for our success as a business.
Over the past 18 months, Vicinity has continued rolling out a refreshed Sustainability strategy focused on creating shared value – this means creating value for our business while also generating positive outcomes for the environment and our communities – including our consumers, retailers, securityholders, our people, business partners and local communities.
Our broader sustainability objectives are integrated into our Group strategy, guiding our operational and investment decisions to build a low carbon and climate resilient portfolio and invest in our communities, creating sustainable destinations and shaping better communities.
During FY17 we established a community investment program focused on tackling youth unemployment and disengagement in the communities in which we operate. An integrated energy strategy was formulated to strengthen our commercial position while also significantly reducing our carbon emissions. We are also working to integrate climate resilience considerations into our key business decision making processes.
Additionally, we continually improved our governance, people and culture, and digital and operational platforms to provide a strong foundation for Vicinity to succeed sustainably. New health and wellbeing and learning and development programs are enabling our people to be their best and also help us attract and retain top talent.