Feb 21, 2022

Developing an environmental strategy for social landlords – SHIFT roundtable session

In response to SHIFT client requests, this roundtable took place on 13th January 2022. UK housing associations representing around 80,000 homes took part. The key points for discussion were:

  • KPI’s for environmental performance
  • Developing long-term and interim targets
  • Monitoring your progress
  • Engaging the board, directorates, residents, and staff

From the opening remarks it was clear that many landlords were at various stages of strategy development and so the session would be useful to “fill in the gaps”. The session began with an overview of how SHIFT assess a strategy before moving on to the discussion points.


How SHIFT assesses a strategy

When we review a standard, we look for the likely efficacy of the strategy. This is a combination of factors including:

  • Senior level commitment – either through CEO statement or that the strategy is clearly live and part of a document control system
  • A single job title had responsibility for delivering the strategy – this may include delivering actions in their own directorate, but reporting on progress of other directorates
  • Public accountability – this helps commitment to long term targets
  • SMART targets – Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Timebound
  • Covers all environmental issues relating to housing and operations


The chart shows the likely efficacy of environmental strategies reviewed by SHIFT in the last 12 months.

SHIFT score –                15 = highly likely to be effective                    0 = unlikely to be effective


For further information on the discussion, please visit our publications page to access and download the full review.

If you would like help developing an environmental strategy for your organisation, please contact us.




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