Murphy Mulhall ESG Policy

Welcome to the Murphy Mulhall ESG Policy. At Murphy Mulhall we believe that sometimes the smallest of steps can make the biggest impact. Whilst we are a niche commercial property firm, we cannot and will not overlook our responsibility in doing good and providing a robust platform from which we can grow.

By 2030, our aim is to be carbon negative in our operations.

We appreciate that this is a bold statement, but we have devised a pathway to get there, all building upon small, manageable steps.

Our ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Policy is outlined as follows.

Environmental:

We are a niche Irish commercial property firm. Our approach to environmental sustainability works on a practical and detailed level. When reflecting on where our biggest contribution was being made, we identified 4 core areas that we could address:

Travel:

Across the team, we have all committed to reducing kilometres travelled and where possible opt for public transport with lower emissions. The nature of our work is that we need to visit sites around the country. We provide access to our team to Dublin Bikes to allow for local travel within the city. We also support the Bike to Work Scheme and we offset our carbon emissions when we have to travel overseas.

Use Less:

Ultimately across every touch point, whether it’s electricity, paper, or fuel, we acknowledged that we could make clear reductions. Murphy Mulhall is moving towards being a paperless business. All packaging and paper within the business is recycled. Electricity and gas usage has been reduced and we continue to look at efficiencies in each area.

Biodiversity:

We are lucky and proud that our offices have front and rear gardens. We invest in these areas to encourage biodiversity in our city centre location. We have developed a pollinator plan for both gardens that encourages avoidance of extinction of our native bee species. We have signed up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan for Business. Our pollinator team includes family members who carry out key activities to support this scheme.

Social:

The concept of being a socially conscious organization is not a new concept for our business, however, there is always room to reflect, grow and improve. The endeavour is to be as conscious, inclusive, and aware as possible. We are and continue to be a fair and an open opportunity employer. We are of the mindset that we thrive when we embody many viewpoints from all walks of life. We strive for a 50/50 gender balance in the team.

In addition to the day-to-day operation, we have a strong local presence and support many local initiatives that are close to the team and their communities.

Such activities include;

  • Transition Year Programmes: giving these students the opportunity to work alongside our team to develop an understanding of the Irish property market.
  • Sponsorship of Stars of Erin Minor Ladies GAA Team (Local Club): James Mulhall has been a team coach with the Stars of Erin for over 15 years.
  • Ballyliffin Golf Club Initiative: we have developed an initiative where local youth (who would not otherwise get the opportunity) can access golf.
  • Annual Dublin Mountain Community Corporate Golf Challenge: James Mulhall has organized this event for over 10+ years and valuable funds are raised for a local Community Centre.
  • Supporting An Cosan’s Annual International Women’s Day Lunch: helping this charity to transform lives by providing pathways for all ages to learning, leadership and enterprise, through courses from basic level to BA degrees.
  • We provide pro-bono property advice to various charities.
  • We support various Irish charities including LauraLynn and Concern.

Governance:

Our mantra is to do the right thing, every time.

The commercial property industry is highly governed and as a result, we are legally obliged to adhere to many protocols to ensure explicit governance to protect all stakeholders within and outside of the organisation.

There are strict compliance processes derived from meeting the requirements set by the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). We are regulated by both entities. In addition, we are partners with the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and Gerald Eve. Both partnerships have codes of compliance, ethics, and policies, to ensure all partners operate with integrity and efficiency.

Our internal risk management follows a suite of other policies including GDPR in our data processing and Nostra policies in our IT. Murphy Mulhall has a flat management structure, meaning that all members are treated equally and there is an open-door policy. At an individual practitioner level, each member has the relevant registered valuer or operating licenses.

Murphy Mulhall is governed by a Board of Directors. The board is present to manage all strategic matters, investments, recruitment, and anything that could impact our people of Murphy Mulhall.