Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company which owns B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, has surpassed its original target to help one million people by helping to improve homes and supporting community projects across Europe.
In 2016, Kingfisher set a target to help more than one million people with housing needs by 2025, as part of the Group’s commitment to fight to fix bad housing. Through charity partnerships Kingfisher and its retail banners have supported projects that range from helping families with home repairs, to renovations for rehousing projects and teaching people essential DIY skills. Last June, the Group doubled its ambition and now aims to help two million people by 2025.
Kingfisher colleagues have played a role in supporting initiatives to improve housing for those most in need. In Poland, colleagues transformed empty buildings into safe and secure homes as part of a ‘Repurposing Empty Spaces’ project with Habitat for Humanity. In France, ‘DIY advisors’ travelled to rural communities as part of the Bricobus project to teach socially isolated people essential DIY skills. In the UK, projects have included the building of a summer house for a children’s hospice in Northern Ireland and the refurbishing of flats for young people leaving care in England.
Caroline Laurie, Director of Responsible Business and Sustainability at Kingfisher said:
“Everyone deserves a home where they can feel warm, secure and safe. Our commitment to fight to fix bad housing is part of our ambition to lead the industry on responsible business practices and is integral to our strategy, ‘Powered by Kingfisher’. We’re committed to using our knowledge, experience, and scale to achieve a positive impact and to make better homes accessible for everyone.
“We’re proud to have reached the target we originally set ourselves of helping one million people across Europe. But we know there is more to do, so last year we doubled our ambition to help two million people who live in unfit housing by 2025. We have now established charitable foundations in all of our businesses and believe this will help to accelerate our progress so that we can help more people live in better homes.”
Each of Kingfisher’s retail banners has achieved significant milestones in helping the communities in which they operate, including:
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter said:
“Home is everything. Yet the housing emergency means millions of people in Britain are trapped living in unfit homes. Every day at Shelter we support families who are living in poor conditions or desperately trying to keep a roof over their heads. We know all too well the stress and suffering that comes with not having a safe and secure home.
That’s why we are incredibly grateful for Kingfisher’s ongoing support. Through our partnership with B&Q, our DIY Skills Advisers continue to provide help and training on home improvements to those who have experienced homelessness or bad housing, supporting them to create a safe and happy home.”
Notes to Editor
Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with over 1,400 stores, supported by a team of 80,000 colleagues. We operate in eight countries across Europe under retail banners including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix, TradePoint and Koçtaş. We offer home improvement products and services to consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and via our e-commerce channels. At Kingfisher, our purpose is to help make better homes accessible for everyone. www.kingfisher.com
Kingfisher’s Responsible Business strategy focuses on four key priorities:
It uses its industry-leading Sustainable Home Product guidelines, developed with experts Bioregional, to improve the sustainability performance of all its product ranges.
Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home and fight the devastating impact the housing emergency has on people and society. Shelter believes that home is everything. Learn more at www.shelter.org.uk