Luke Mellon joined PulteGroup in October to help lead the company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts, otherwise known as “ESG”. In this interview, get to know Luke professionally, personally, and learn what ESG means for PulteGroup.

Q: Tell us about your career and how you ended up at Pulte?

A: Right out of college I started a business with a friend of mine that focused on auto financing. It was a great experience running a business and I learned a lot from that time. After doing that for several years, I was ready for a career change and decided to go into corporate finance. I joined The Home Depot in 2016 on their investor relations team.

At The Home Depot, I helped initiate a formal ESG program that aimed to address the growing demand, specifically from the investor community, on ESG topics. Given how wide reaching ESG topics can be, this program grew to be one of the largest cross-functional teams in the organization.

I became really engaged with ESG and found the space to be interesting and fun work. I decided I wanted to lean into ESG more specifically, and that’s what led me to Pulte. When Pulte decided to create this role, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me.

Q: How would you explain ESG to a Pulte colleague?

A: ESG is another lens through which to view and gauge how a business is performing, specifically on non-financial metrics. Most people understand what it means when a company’s revenues or expenses go up or down each quarter, but ESG takes a long-term view and looks at metrics that aren’t directly captured in a company’s financial statements.

Examples of ESG metrics can include:

  • How well a company fosters and encourages a diverse and inclusive working environment;
  • What is the structure and selection process for the company’s Board of Directors;
  • Or, whether a company is a heavy emitter of greenhouse gasses.

ESG comes from the idea that companies need to consider all their stakeholders, including employees, customers, shareholders, and the communities in which they operate.  Research shows that companies that work to the benefit of all stakeholders, often outperform companies that don’t.

Q:  What are some of PulteGroup’s ESG priorities for 2022 and how are we going to measure this progress?

A: The first big thing that we’re looking to tackle is a greenhouse gas assessment for our organization. This assessment will calculate everything from the greenhouse gases that come from the electricity that we use to run the lights in our offices, to the energy that’s used in our model and spec homes.  This work will allow us to start capturing and measuring the amount of greenhouse gases that the organization emits each year, and then going forward we can potentially set goals and targets to reduce them.

A reduction in greenhouse gasses not only benefits our environment but it can also reduce business costs if the company can find ways to consume less energy.

Other things that we’re looking at is enhancing some of our policies to ensure our business partners operate with the same ethical, safety and environmental standards that we expect out of our own company.

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

A: I have a seven and a four-year-old who keep me very busy and take up most of the free time that I might have outside of work. But beyond spending time with them, I love being outdoors, specifically rock climbing. I’ve been climbing for more than 10 years now and have been lucky enough to travel the country climbing.

Recently, I’ve also got into mountaineering. In April, I climbed the tallest mountain in the lower 48, Mount Whitney in California. Prior to that, I climbed Mount Rainier just outside of Seattle and those were both multi-day expeditions.

 Q: If Pulte colleagues are interested in learning more or have ideas, how can they contact you?

A: If anybody has questions, interests, or thoughts around ESG and corporate sustainability, I’d love to hear from you! I’m new to Pulte and to the industry in general, so I’m all ears and open to hearing what people in the organization think is important for us to be looking at. Feel free to reach out to me at Luke.Mellon@pultegroup.com.

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