Gabriella Mangham

Recent posts by Gabriella Mangham

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Why Your ESG Report Should Be Auditable?

By Gabriella Mangham on 01/05/24 14:52

Convene ESG have recently been informed that some KPMG clients have been told to ensure their ESG reports should be auditable. Before we deep dive into why this is the case, it is important that you know Convene ESG provides a complete audit trail that is available to be exported at a moment’s notice. If you would like to learn more about Convene ESG’s extensive capabilities, please see our full features page.

Topics: Governance Sustainability ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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Convene ESG and RITTERWALD Host Housing Associations and Lenders Lunch

By Gabriella Mangham on 26/02/24 13:57

On the 21st February Convene ESG and RITTERWALD hosted a lunch to help facilitate a network and discussions between housing associations and lenders about the realities of ESG Reporting and Financing. We wanted this to be an opportunity to air grievances and see the paths forward, and thankfully there were many productive conversations that have started because of this. 

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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Webinar: Convene ESG looks forward for 2024

By Gabriella Mangham on 20/02/24 16:26

Today Convene ESG hosted yet another successful webinar about what you can expect in the Housing ESG realm in 2024. 

Topics: Sustainability ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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Webinar: Anna Haskins talks SRS 2.0.

By Gabriella Mangham on 24/10/23 12:23

Today we hosted yet another insightful webinar in our SRS 2.0. Series. This time we were joined by Anna Haskins from The Good Economy to discuss the implications of the SRS 2.0. and how Housing Associations should prepare themselves to report against it. Here is our brief summary of the discussions.

Topics: SRS for Social Housing
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Convene ESG Hears From Experts At Networking Event

By Gabriella Mangham on 18/10/23 10:03

Last week Convene ESG hosted another networking event for Housing ESG professionals. We had many interesting discussions during the cocktail hour about how best to approach ESG as an organisation. A common topic was how Housing Associations are working to embed a culture of ESG in their day-to-day activities.

Topics: Sustainability ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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Webinar: Convene ESG and RSM discuss the SRS

By Gabriella Mangham on 12/09/23 10:22

Last week (after a few technical difficulties) Convene ESG joined RSM to produce a star-studded webinar. We were joined by Anna Haskins from the Good Economy, Michael Cook from Thirteen Group, Steven Radcliffe from RSM and of course our very own Arturo Dell.

Topics: SRS for Social Housing
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Webinar: Richard Hunt from CAF Bank

By Gabriella Mangham on 15/08/23 14:12

Today Convene ESG hosted another constructive webinar, this time we were joined by Richard Hunt from CAF Bank to talk about what borrowing green loans looks like. 

Green Loans are a loan that the borrower has to exclusively use for sustainability projects. Increasingly in the Housing Sector, this means providing the lender with an SRS Report. During this webinar, Richard Hunt explained that there are 4 components that go together to form a Green Loan:
Use of Proceeds -demonstrating what the green loan will be used for.
Project Evaluation and Monitoring - ensuring funds are used appropriately.
Management of Proceeds - separate green loan bank account and providing invoices.
Reporting - ongoing proportionate reporting on the project.

Richard Hunt also detailed that we need a holistic approach. Sustainability is on everyone’s agenda, both customers, financing organisations and housing associations acknowledge its importance, but no one can make economic or governing decisions without data. The benefit of green loans may be the discounts, but the tying together for a common purpose is the key point. Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability is economically sound not only because for some rent and heating are costing the same amount but also because it will provide better risk management.

Sustainability in finance and green loans are the future, so investing now will save money in not only the short but also the long-term. If you would like to learn more, please rewatch the webinar here.

From all of us at Convene ESG, we want to thank Richard Hunt for his valuable insights and for sharing his knowledge. We believe that the Housing Sector working together can make great strides towards positive change, and Green Loans are a major part of this. Convene ESG want to be able to host more discussions like this in the future and already have some major events planned. To see more, visit our events page here

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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Julia Miranda talks about her process

By Gabriella Mangham on 27/06/23 14:02

At Housing 2023 we are joined by Julia Miranda, a graphic artist, who has helped us put together visual representations of trending issues in the sector relating to governance and ESG. We recently spoke to her about her process in creating these works. 

Topics: Housing
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What is Earth Day?

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/04/23 00:00

Today, 22nd April, the world is celebrating Earth Day, but what is it exactly?  

Topics: Sustainability ESG
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How To Raise ESG Concerns At Board Level

By Gabriella Mangham on 17/04/23 10:27

From Public Companies, Housing Associations to Private Enterprises, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) concerns are becoming an increasingly discussed topic. You may be thinking about how to start raising these ESG issues to your Board of Directors, so we have written this helpful guide.

Topics: ESG Business Insights
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How Does An ESG Software Save You Money?

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/03/23 17:31

Forbes estimates that organisations can save up to $4 million annually through automating simple processes with software. It has also been proven time and time again that investing in ESG saves you money. But why is this, and how can you apply this to your ESG reporting?

Topics: Sustainability ESG SRS for Social Housing Why Convene?
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Webinar: ESG Reporting: Cutting through the complexity

By Gabriella Mangham on 21/03/23 16:41

Today Convene ESG sponsored Inside Housing’s Webinar on “ESG Reporting: Cutting through the complexity”, with guest speakers including Andy Smith(The Good Economy), Julie McDowell (Chair, Blackwood Housing), Russell Smith (ESG Lead, Orbit Group), Brendan Sarsfield (Chair, Sustainability for Housing) and our very own Arturo Dell (Convene ESG). We want to thank everyone for an insightful discussion into the status and future of ESG in Housing. In case you missed it, here are our key takeaways. 

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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How To Integrate ESG into Your Housing Governance Processes

By Gabriella Mangham on 10/03/23 17:09

Housing Associations are paving the way for other sectors with their ESG efforts, but the task of ESG shouldn’t just fall on one ESG manager. ESG needs to be integrated into everyone’s day-to-day task management and governance processes. Here are our helpful tips on how this can be achieved simply and seamlessly.

Topics: Governance Sustainability ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing
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The Women Who Changed Computers

By Gabriella Mangham on 07/03/23 19:14

Did you know that “computers” existed before software and hardware. Not too long ago, we relied on “human computers” to get our calculations and from the 1800s onwards this task was predominantly performed by women. 

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Webinar: An Introduction To Ritterwald

By Gabriella Mangham on 07/03/23 16:03

Today we were joined on our webinar by Dr. Ad Hereijgers from Ritterwald to discuss what their label means for the future of the SRS. 

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing Housing

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