Today we hosted our final webinar in our SRS for Social Housing series for this year. This webinar focused on SRS Version 2.0, and we were joined by Andy Smith from The Good Economy to help us get up to speed on this update.

Here is a brief summary of the discussions.

First, we began the webinar with a talk from our very own Arturo Dell, who discussed Convene ESG and how to maximise your SRS report.

Then, there was a live demo of how to generate a SRS report in Convene ESG, and also an update on changes to the software. This included the ability to assign individual SRS metrics to individuals, meaning collaborators can be added to areas they are responsible for exclusively. 

Andy Smith then spoke about SRS Version 2.0, and what this update meant for the Housing sector, which was followed by a Q&A.

He discussed why the decision was made to launch a new version of the SRS, and what these changes actually manifested into. There have been additional principles added to Version 2.0, focusing on how criteria should evolve to reflect the emerging best practices, while also being kept consistent.

The overall changes made involved the introduction of year-on-year results, as well as a comply or explain approach and the addition of various enhanced reporting options. There was also a reordering of the criteria to E-S-G, putting environmental standards first and highlighting an increased focus on environmental reporting. 

There was a general emphasis that this update better reflects the priorities of the sector, striking a balance between investor requirements and the realistic capabilities of Housing Associations.

If you are struggling to get to terms with the Sustainability Reporting Standard 2.0. then you should read our latest whitepaper - SRS 2.0: What's New? 

You can also access the full recording of the webinar here.

How Can Convene ESG Help You?

Convene, working with our vast number of Housing Industry clients, have developed a new software tool, Convene ESG, to help you produce the best ESG and SRS reports possible. By simplifying and automating much of the process, you can be sure that your ESG report building runs smoothly, so you can focus on developing your sustainable strategies. 

With Convene ESG, you can develop a collaborative workflow, assigning certain sections of the ESG or SRS report to the required people. Once all the sections are filled in, Convene ESG will produce a formatted Word Document or spreadsheet ready for you to publish!  

Convene ESG also has a built-in comparison feature, which allows you to compare against competitors' formatting of their publicly accessible reports, and their results! This will help the whole of the housing sector develop the best reports possible!

As a software provider already trusted by 100s of housing organisations, including Orbit Housing, you can trust us to provide you with dedicated service.

If you’d like to learn more, you can read about our early adopters here, or contact us for a free demo. Also keep an eye on our LinkedIn and Instagram as we will be scheduling more free webinars soon!

Lottie Wright

Written by Lottie Wright

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