27 September 2017
Over 200 members from WPA and sister organisation CPA attended our joint Autumn Reception on the Terrace Pavillion at the House of Lords last night.
The Baroness Couttie, previous Leader of Westminster City Council, hosted the event and welcomed members to the Palace of Westminster. The Baroness discussed her work on Corporate Social Responsibility, a cause she has been championing in the Lords, and welcomed CPA and WPA’s commitment to subscribing to a CSR code of practice (which is detailed below).
Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader of Westminster City Council, was due to speak but was unable to attend so Cllr Tim Mitchell, Cabinet for Finance, Property and Corporate Services, delivered a speech in her absence. Cllr Mitchell told members how the City Council was encouraging growth in the West End and highlighted how the emerging City Plan would seek to balance a vibrant local economy with increased jobs, prosperity, and more affordable homes. To read the full speech click here.
To close the speeches, Deputy Alastair Moss of the City of London Corporation discussed the future of the City post-Brexit. Confidence and investment remained high and the City was experiencing new and diverse occupiers which signalled one of the City of London’s’ enduring strengths – its ability to adapt. As Chair of the Property Investment Board Alastair also explained the Corporation’s role for supporting future investment in the City.
Members then resumed their evening of networking in the historic surroundings of the House of Lords with drinks and canapés. Photos of the event can be found here.
CWPA’s CSR code of practice
The City & Westminster Property Associations (CWPA) are committed to business responsibility, and expect our members to also act responsibly. Below is a set of principles we vow to support as membership organisations.
- Helping young people into employment through initiatives such as internships and apprenticeships
- Promoting diversity and equal opportunities in recruitment of staff, and providing a healthy workplace
- Commitment to pay SMEs within 30 days of receipt of invoice
- Encouraging corporate volunteering by offering staff at least one paid day a year to volunteer with charities and social causes
Hosted by The Right Honourable The Baroness Couttie