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The importance of designing homes for social value with Jo Cowen

Amid the ‘wild west’ environment of ESG reporting, we must take a step back and think about what social impact really means when designing housing schemes, writes Jo Cowen

The government’s Social Value Act arguably flew under the radar when it was first tabled in 2012. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) was still a relatively new acronym to the private sector and poorly understood, not least in real estate, which was still getting to grips with the ‘E’ and its implications. 

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