Our CEO Ed Warner, shared Motionspot’s expertise on inclusive design for the retirement living sector as part of a panel session at the Care Homes & Retirement Living Conference.
What is ESG?
ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. It is a set of behavioural standards used by socially conscious businesses and investors.
Why is inclusive design so important to successful ESG strategies?
The ‘Environmental’ and ‘Governance’ aspects of ESG are reasonably well addressed. ‘Social’ is not, but inclusive design can support it by:
Enabling developments to cater for customers and staff of different faiths, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and genders, as well as people with visible and invisible disabilities, particularly neurodiversity
Helping improve the sense of wellbeing and belonging
Designing communal and private spaces that promote inclusion and reduce loneliness
Supporting the recruitment and retention of the best staff
Care Homes & Retirement Living Conference highlights
For us, some of the key takeaways from the conference included:
The non-negotiable need for the industry to embrace all aspects of ESG
The most successful retirement and care developments will be those that embrace inclusive design from the outset
Auditing existing buildings against inclusive design principles will highlight areas for improvement
Getting this right will deliver significant social and commercial benefits for developers and operators
Early-stage user engagement workshops and post occupancy evaluations will enable the industry to deliver a deep commitment to end users and their needs
Cleverly selected design-led accessible products will enhance wellbeing and independence for residents, staff, and visitors
The global economic slowdown and supply chain pressures will impact care and retirement living markets. But inclusive design will help to future-proof developments for years to come. It will also deliver associated social and environmental benefits
Motionspot inclusive design consultancy
To discuss how we can support your ESG agenda, speak to one of Motionspot’s inclusive design experts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3735 5139. And check out our Grace House case study which is an award-winning, accessibly designed, over-55s housing scheme in London.
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