Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) is increasingly proving to be a competitive advantage for businesses, helping to future-proof your organisation, make it more competitive, and foster a more people-oriented culture, increasing staff satisfaction and engagement.

Housemark’s Housing Data and Analytics Summit on 6th October will put the spotlight on the importance of effective ESG data management with a session led by Andy Smith, Head of Housing Impact Services at The Good Economy and Ad Hereijgers, Director of Business Development at RITTERWALD. The session will focus on:

  • The motives driving current need
  • Challenges and opportunities for the housing sector
  • Why leadership is crucial to collection, sharing and reporting

ESG strategy has become an essential part of brand and public relations, with a direct correlation with the bottom line. Increased social consciousness combined with greater transparency has resulted in many consumers using their purchasing power to ‘reward or punish’ companies that don’t place sufficient importance on ESG commitments. This session will give you an understanding of the importance of ESG data, the opportunities it can bring and the significance of leadership in the data management.

Andy Smith leads on housing at The Good Economy, working with clients to design impact measurement and management systems and deliver independent impact reports. He has developed the TGE Affordable Housing methodology and also led the development of the Sustainability Reporting Standard criteria – now being used by over 100 housing providers and lenders. Since joining The Good Economy in 2018 Andy has overseen TGE’s growth in impact services for housing clients.

Andy has a background in operational delivery and monitoring & evaluation in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector. He joined The Good Economy from Social Finance, where he was the project manager of an innovative tech product that helped local authorities provide better support to young people leaving the care system.

Ad Hereijgers is Business Development Director of RITTERWALD Consulting, heading the Amsterdam office and leading the RITTERWALD Sustainability Team with colleagues from Berlin, Frankfurt and London. He is the initiator of the pan-European Certified Sustainable Housing Label and other sustainability related services (strategy, finance frameworks, reporting). He has extensive experience with public and private sector clients in social and affordable housing and urban regeneration in the Netherlands, UK, and USA.

Ad’s professional career spans over 35 years and prior to joining RITTERWALD was partner in boutique consultancy firms for housing and urban planning in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and New York. He serves as trusted board room advisor for strategic consulting, project director for public private partnerships and joint ventures of housing companies. He teaches masterclasses on housing and urban growth strategies and has authored several books, papers, and articles.

Find out more about the UK’s largest data event dedicated to the social housing sector and book your tickets for the Housing Data and Analytics Summit here.

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