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Social targets

Achieve an employee engagement score of 80 by 2030
Achieve a minimum tenant satisfaction score of 80%
and placement in the 2nd second quartile industry performance for all regions
Achieve 40:40:20 gender diversity at all levels of our business

Contributing to our communities

Improving biodiversity by planting trees

As part of BREEAM improvement works at our property in Nove Mesto, Slovakia, Cromwell, our tenants and the community planted trees, bushes and built insect holes and birdhouses. The activity was coordinated with the Kočovce and Beckov communities and included tenants and families from the area. It was coordinated based on an ecological report to help improve biodiversity. Local children and their families created groups with tenants to plant the 50 trees provided and build birdhouses.

Supporting causes that matter to our people

After losing their daughter Daniela to Glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumours in 2021, Kevin Dwyer, Senior Property Manager in Canberra and his family started the Daniela Dwyer foundation. The foundation’s goal is to change the current approach to diagnoses and fund early intervention through routine blood testing without the need for invasive biopsies. Cromwell supported this positive legacy through a donation of $5,700 in FY23. The funding goes towards the QIMR Rao research lab which is working closely with oncologists to accelerate the progress of new blood tests and drug screening platforms. This will enable them to become a routine part of clinical practice for brain cancer patients.

Cleaning up the neighbourhood in Italy

Our Italian team contributed to a clean-up of Giardino Marcello Candia, a green space local to Nervesa21, our sustainable office redevelopment, in Milan.

Taking part alongside Plastic Free, Nessi & Majocchi and Elettromeccanica Galli, the Cromwell team spent the morning collecting 150 kg of plastic and litter from the area, improving the space for the community and showcasing our commitment to investing in the local areas where we operate.

Helping to reduce the impacts of domestic violence

ReLove’s Free Store is a safe place for people in crisis to shop for everything they need to furnish their new home. The organisation provides furniture to help people restart their lives with the agency to choose how they want to live. Cromwell participated in Re-Love’s #1000 Homes Project, aimed to raise enough funds to support #1000 families into housing, donating $5,000. Our CEO, Jonathan Callaghan and members of the executive team attended the launch event on show our ongoing support of this great initiative.

We believe that in order to harness diversity, we need inclusion, where all employees are able to be themselves at work, and equity, where everyone is treated fairly.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Respect@cromwell framework

Cromwell is committed to taking an active role in advocating against violence against women. In Australia, we have created, and started implementation of, our action plan for helping to address gender-based violence – including domestic violence and sexual harassment. We will work to extend this advocacy into the communities in which we operate and have influence. We launched our Respect@Cromwell framework in Australia – part of our ongoing strategic commitment to make the prevention, and early intervention, of sexual harassment a leadership priority.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

In FY22, Cromwell lodged its application with Reconciliation Australia to create our First Reconciliation Action Plan. In FY23, our RAP Committee deepened its understanding of the RAP Framework, our sphere of influence and impact. We commemorated National Reconciliation Week in Australia at our offices and properties and consulted on the use of Acknowledgement of Country plaques, which have been installed in our major properties in Australia. In FY24, we will further engage internally on the importance of First Nations partnerships.

Proud member of the Diversity Council of Australia

Cromwell is a member of Diversity Council Australia – the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

We continue to collaborate with key voices on diversity, equity and inclusion, both those within and outside our organisation, ensuring we are championing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Embedding ESG across our business

Colleagues from all European offices participated in the Climate Fresk workshops, an ESG initiative aimed at increasing climate change awareness across all levels of the business, which provided staff with the knowledge to play an active role in the climate transition. The success of these initial workshops has led to the roll-out of European-wide ESG training programme.

Kildean Business Park I Connecting with the local community

In FY22, Cromwell and construction partner B+K delivered new offices for M&G on behalf of Stirling Development Agency. The building has been designed to meet stringent sustainability objectives, scoring BREEAM Excellence and using a number of zero and low-carbon technologies.

The building was designed to WELL standards, with health and well-being as priorities. The office has secured cycle storage, with showers and dressing rooms to encourage tenants to commute by bicycle. There are internal well-being and prayer rooms, an external exercise area, herb garden and terrace

In addition, a number of social and community benefits were achieved

  • 14% of employed labour was local
  • 1 long term unemployed person obtained a position with a subcontractor
  • 55% of project value spent locally, 45% spent within 30 miles
  • 100 staff hours dedicated to local schools and college visits
  • 78 hours of volunteering support to local community project
  • 2 team members trained as mental health first aiders
  • 148 training week opportunities created
  • 50 tonnes of CO2 emissions saved
  • +1,500 miles “low” or no emissions from staff vehicles
  • Initiatives to reduce or replace single use plastics