We have published our new Responsible Business Report, underlining our sustainability credentials.
Highlights include that women make up more than a quarter of our 915 employees. At 26.9%, the proportion is more than double the industry average. (According to ONS statistics, women represent just 12.8% cent of the overall national construction workforce)
Other key achievements include:
- A 25% reduction in our rate of carbon emissions (calculated against turnover) since 2015 and a 57% reduction since 2010
- A record health and safety performance with our lowest-ever accident rates, including a RIDDOR accident frequency rate of 0.13
- 95% of construction waste diverted from landfill (2015: 89.5%)
- On average, for every £1 spent on our developments, we generated £2.09 for the local community
- Our staff volunteered at 263 community projects, donating 3,692 hours of staff time and contributing more than £124,000 to community initiatives
- We achieved three Gold Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) awards; 31 Silver CCS awards and 75 Bronze. The CCS awards are only given to construction firms which show high levels of consideration in their project delivery
- We recruited 15 graduates and 53 management trainees in 2016
Forward-thinking, responsible business
Managing director Jonathan Goring says: “As a forward-thinking, responsible business, looking after communities, the environment and our own people are a central part of everything we do. This report highlights some of the actions we’re taking to keep improving our performance as a sustainable and socially responsible business.
“I’m very pleased that we’re out-performing industry norms in a number of key areas, an achievement which reflects the hard work of our teams across the UK and their commitment to ensuring we have a positive impact on the communities where we work and the wider world. But we’re far from complacent: the report also sets out our continuing strategy to bring about further improvements, including our 2017 War on Waste campaign, which is continuing to successfully drive down our waste production.”
Initiatives detailed in the 2016 Responsible Business Report include our pioneering uses of LM3 – a system which enables us to demonstrate the economic boost which our housing projects bring to local communities by showing where the project income is spent. The report also looks at our focus on encouraging our supply chain to work as sustainably as possible.