In this section you can find out how Berkeley addresses the three pillars of sustainability; social, economic and environmental, including the management processes and governance structure we have in place to manage sustainability through our whole development process.
Berkeley no longer has a standalone sustainability strategy, we operate through an integrated business framework; Our Vision, this incorporates the three pillars of sustainability but also contains additional strategic commitments covering our business practices.
We are delighted that our commitment to sustainability is often recognised by a range of industry and national awards. In 2014 we were honoured to be awarded with the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development for five years of continuous achievement. For the last eight years we have come top of the NextGeneration benchmark initiative which ranks the UK's 25 largest homebuilders according to their sustainability strategy and performance. Our sustainability reporting was also 'highly commended' in 2014 at PwC's Building Public Trust Awards for Sustainability Reporting in the FTSE250 category.
This is Berkeley's plan for the business. It sets out our goal to be a world class business generating long term value by creating successful sustainable places where people aspire to live. We have set ourselves 16 commitments across five areas which we will deliver between 2014-16. Berkeley's key sustainability targets are included in this plan.Read more about Our Vision
At Berkeley, environmental sustainability means managing and minimising the environmental impact from our operations and delivering homes and communities that are environmentally sound, as well as being designed and built to a high quality.
At Berkeley, we define social sustainability as being about people's quality of life, now and in the future. It is about creating strong communities on our sites as well as running our business with respect and consideration for the workforce, local people and our customers.
This is about applying our resources to maximise the positive impact Berkeley can have on local economies for the long term. Each development generates more jobs, tax and economic activity. This in turn supports growth for individual boroughs and the national economy. By running our business sustainability, we contribute more to the success of local communities and increase shareholder value.
The Berkeley Group has a strong governance structure in place for sustainability to ensure we continue to progress in our aim to become one of the most successful and sustainable companies in Britain. The system of committees, working groups and champions around the business ensures we manage sustainability effectively at all levels and implement our Vision2020 framework.