We are committed to ensuring our land, housebuilding and partnership activity leaves a positive lasting legacy for generations to come.
As specialists in brownfield regeneration, we already have a proud history of adding lasting value through our site remediation work but we recognise that as our business has grown and diversified, so too has the impact of our operations. As a responsible business, we want to continue to be leaders in this industry.
It is with this experience in place and against the broader backdrop of the rapidly escalating climate emergency that we have developed our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework. Under three key pillars, our ESG framework sets out our high-level commitments and how we measure our performance, progress and success. We have aligned our framework to four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
We use the goals to inform our materiality process and the development of our sustainability strategy and targets.
Our ESG framework sets out a high-level commitment to being a responsible, sustainable business; principles which have always been inherent in our culture and values. With this framework in place, our cross-departmental working party is now focused on developing a full ESG strategy with clear performance targets to ensure our success is measurable and meaningful.
Our objective and high level commitments
We will embed sustainability within all areas of our business to ensure our land, housebuilding and partnership activity creates a positive legacy for generations to come.
Ensure our business activities protect and enhance the environment around us (environment)
We will ensure that our planning, procurement and build policies and practices set clear standards for responsible environmental management. Our responsibilities span throughout the project life cycle, from land acquisition to after sales care.
We will set ambitious targets to enhance nature and biodiversity across our developments, and to achieve carbon net zero as a business.
Deliver long-term social and economic value through investment in people and communities (social)
We want everybody to have a place to call home. We build high quality, affordable houses across a range of tenures. Our investment goes beyond bricks and mortar, we are committed to meeting the needs of our stakeholders and adding long-term social and economic value through what we do.
We foster strong partner and employee relationships, recognising we are stronger together, to support us in delivering thriving, sustainable communities which people are proud to call home.
We will lead by example. Strong leadership and commitment from the Board, together with a robust corporate governance framework, promotes accountability and ethical business practice across all activity.
We will make no compromises on safety as we focus on achieving our objectives.
These values and behaviours extend to dealings with our supply chain and partnerships.