Capturing the Value of Sustainability: Identifying the links between sustainability and business value

Thursday 18th January 2018

Published by UK Green Building Council

The purpose of this report, and the guidance within it, is to empower businesses and individuals to make the business case for improving environmental and social impact activities and to enable them to measure and demonstrate the value their organisations derive from such practices.

11 value drivers were identified for built environment businesses. A value driver is defined as: “Any variable or factor (i.e. a resource, activity or condition) that can be influenced, measured, managed and controlled and, in turn, affects the value of the business by one or more of the following means: reduces risk, increases profitability, leads to future growth in profitability.”

Sustainable business activities may positively impact one or many of the value drivers and in turn enhance business value. The four highlighted value drivers (cost saving; talent attraction and retention; brand and reputation; and customer attraction and retention) were identified by UKGBC members to be current high priority drivers of value and are the focus of the report.

Published by UK Green Building Council

The purpose of this report, and the guidance within it, is to empower businesses and individuals to make the business case for improving environmental and social impact activities and to enable them to measure and demonstrate the value their organisations derive from such practices.

11 value drivers were identified for built environment businesses. A value driver is defined as: “Any variable or factor (i.e. a resource, activity or condition) that can be influenced, measured, managed and controlled and, in turn, affects the value of the business by one or more of the following means: reduces risk, increases profitability, leads to future growth in profitability.”

Sustainable business activities may positively impact one or many of the value drivers and in turn enhance business value. The four highlighted value drivers (cost saving; talent attraction and retention; brand and reputation; and customer attraction and retention) were identified by UKGBC members to be current high priority drivers of value and are the focus of the report.