ESG

Taking our responsibilities seriously

Supporting our community. Empowering our people. Protecting our customers.

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We’re serious about having a positive impact on the environment, the communities our borrowers serve and the talented people that make up our team.

From rewarding borrowers that use environmentally sound practices and contributing to social regeneration in underinvested regions, to supporting our employees’ career development and fostering diversity and mental health awareness, we get it done when it comes to ESG.

Underpinning our business with these principles helps us have a positive impact on the society we live in, while providing better returns and long-term value to our investors and stakeholders.

Green Bond Framework

This Green Bond Framework sets out the process by which LendInvest makes and monitors investments in energy efficiency projects, and to demonstrate the alignment of this process with the ICMA’s Green Bond Principles.

Environment

We have a track record of providing buy-to-let and development loans that incentivise borrowers to build energy-efficient properties or improve the existing energy efficiency rating (EPC rating).
We finance borrowers that are developing sustainably and regenerating old housing stock, avoiding demolition where possible and improving the energy efficiency. We will continue to offer innovative products in the future that promote sustainability and decarbonisation while also using the scalability of our platform to plug into different market segments in need of ‘green’ finance.
Our technology provides borrowers with an end-to-end paperless application process, significantly reducing unnecessary paper waste, water usage and significantly reducing CO2 emissions. We have withdrawn the use of non-reusable plastics, encourage staff to cycle or walk to work and our London office has both an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and a ‘B’ EPC rating.

“At LendInvest, our ESG values and principles are central to the success of our platform. The nature of our business means that for many of the loans we originate new housing stock is put into the system, which helps to alleviate the housing crisis, or older stock is improved to comply with higher energy efficiency standards, which helps minimise the carbon impact of housing.”

Rod Lockhart, Chief Executive Officer

Social

We provide finance to SME landlords and developers. These borrowers are vital in alleviating the undersupply of housing to the UK market and benefiting the local economy. We are committed to supporting borrowers that are adding additional stock through new development or regeneration and fostering a political environment that supports our borrowers.
The LendInvest Property Development Academy, launched in 2016, is a non-profit initiative designed to improve the skills of SME property developers, that has had over 400 graduates across 6 UK cities.
Over 3,000 new homes built or being brought to market are contributing to the real economy, by helping to create 13,000+ jobs through our development lending programme.

“From supporting our employees’ career development to fostering diversity and mental health awareness programmes, we go to great lengths to ensure our actions reflect our strong values.”

Melanie Oakley, Chief People Officer

Empowering people

As a team we are passionate about celebrating our differences, and ensuring we have representation from all backgrounds across the business.
Supporting our employees' growth and development is a high priority for the team. Our in-house mentoring scheme has helped connect employees together to share experiences and expertise.
Creating an open dialogue around mental health goes hand in hand with good management, we prioritise providing our employees with the support they need, when they need it.

“Our commitment to our ESG principles allows us to create a sustainable business that provides long-term value to our stakeholders, and better risk-adjusted returns to investors.”

Hugo Davies, Head of Capital Markets

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