Sustainability in the spotlight
Sustainability underpins everything we do at Legal & General Capital (LGC). That’s why, in 2020, we committed to making all of our new housing net zero-enabled by 2030. The following year, we took our commitment further with the appointment of John Alker as our Head of Sustainability for LGC.
A big part of John’s role involves challenging the business to be as ambitious as possible in its sustainability commitments. What does sustainability mean to him?
“For me, it’s about enabling people and planet to thrive together,” he says. A sustainable place might look different in different parts of the world, depending on the geographical context, but ultimately “society and our economic system are dependent on the environment – we have to view them holistically, not separately”.
John’s vision for delivering sustainability at Legal & General Captial (LGC) involves “creating positive social and environmental impact across all of our investments – and being able to evaluate and demonstrate that impact in a really transparent and robust way”. Investing in areas that help to better society is “in the company’s DNA”, he says, but achieving sustainability comprehensively and across the board is still not easy.