Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

The Berkeley Group takes a proactive approach to Environmental, Social and Governance issues.

A Purposeful and Responsible Business

We have always been driven by a clear purpose - to build quality homes, strengthen communities and improve people's lives.

Building on these foundations, in 2010 we created a long-term strategy to guide our business and we called it Our Vision. Our vision is to be a world-class business, trusted to transform the most challenging sites into exceptional places and to maximise our positive impact on society, the economy and the natural world. We have now launched Our Vision 2030, Berkeley Group's ambitious strategy for the future which sets out our roadmap for the next 10 years across 10 strategic priorities. Read more here.

A Sustainable Business

Our Vision 2030 includes three key sustainability topics as strategic priorities for the business; communities, climate action and nature. This is supported by a dedicated sustainability strategy, standards for our project teams and detailed management system to maintain high standards. Read more here.

We are proud to have been in the first 350 companies worldwide to set science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction which align to a 1.5 degree pathway and have been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). Read more here.

Read our latest Sustainability Report to find out more about our approach, progress, and achievements from 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021.

Sustainability Report 2021

Sustainability Report 2021

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Sustainable Development Goals

Berkeley Group is committed to helping to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We have identified six of the goals as being most relevant to us, based on a review of our business activities and value chain against the goals and their underlying targets. We consider that we have the greatest opportunity to contribute to the achievement of these six goals, particularly through the implementation of the Our Vision 2030 business strategy.
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Further information can be found here

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Our Performance and Disclosure

Our latest performance on ESG topics is included within our Annual Report, together with disclosure against the Financial Stability's Boards (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

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Environmental, Social and Governance Performance 

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'A-' Leadership Rating

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Better Society Awards 2022

Benchmarks and Indices

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
CDP Climate Change rating 
Rating  A- A-
An ‘A’ leadership score was obtained in 2020/21.
Company is featured on the FTSE4Good Index Series
Y/N  Y Y
Berkeley has been featured on the Index since 2003.
MSCI ESG rating
Rating   AAA  AAA   AAA  
We have achieved a AAA rating for the past five years. 

Sustainable Homes

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Completed homes with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least a ‘B’
% 96 94 93
The average EPC score was 84 (B rating). 
Completed homes to be supplied with low carbon or renewable energy96
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70

70  72
The proportion of completed homes with low carbon or renewable technology.
Average water efficiency of completed homes
Ippd  104.5 102.7 102.6
The average internal water efficiency of legally completed homes in litres per person per day.
Homes constructed on brownfield land 
% 88 89 -
The proportion of homes built on previously developed land. 
Completed homes with internal recycling facilities
% 96 100 94
The proportion of completed homes provided with recycling facilities. 

Sustainable Places

Measure Unit 2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
New developments committed to deliver net biodiversity gain 
10 
Each site is a new site submitted for planning permission which has committed to delivering a net biodiversity gain. 
Developments regenerating brownfield land 
84  76  85 
Proportion of developments under construction on previously developed land. 
Developments with sustainable urban drainage systems 
91  94 98 
Proportion of developments under construction with water management practices such as swales and permeable paving. 
Developments with cycle storage 
100 100  100 
71,604 cycle spaces were being provided on sites under construction in 2020/21. 
Developments with electric car charging points 
84  76 74 
7,440 points were being provided on sites under construction in 2020/21. 

Environmentally Responsible Operations

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Environmental prosecutions
The number of environmental prosecutions in the year. 
Greenhouse gas emissions – scope 1 
tCO2e  2,351  3,215  3,808
Direct emissions from natural gas, directly purchased fuels and business travel in company owned and company leased vehicles (utilising conventional fuels as an energy source).
Greenhouse gas emissions – scope 2 (location-based)
tCO2e  6,247  5,936 6,246  Indirect emissions from electricity, heat and business travel in company owned and company leased vehicles (utilising electricity as an energy source). 
Greenhouse gas emissions – scope 2 (market-based) tCO2e
196  160 172
Indirect emissions from electricity, heat and business travel in company owned and company leased vehicles (utilising electricity as an energy source). Market-based emissions take into account Berkeley’s purchase of Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) to certify that 100% of UK electricity is backed by a renewable source (i.e. solar, wind or hydro power).
Greenhouse gas emissions – scopes 1 and 2 (location-based)
tCO2e  8,598 9,151 10,054
The location-based emissions resulting from our office, sales, modular factory and site activities reported for our operational boundary. 
Greenhouse gas emissions – scopes 1 and 2 (market-based) tCO2e
2,547 3,375 3,980 The market-based emissions, once procurement of renewable electricity in the UK is taken into account. 
Total energy consumption (including non-renewable and renewable) MWh  37,936  36,792  36,607
Energy consumption associated with scopes 1 and 2 emissions has been calculated and reported on a gross calorific value (CV) basis. This total figure includes energy from non-renewable and renewable sources. 
Renewable energy consumption MWh
 26,223  22,881  21,483
The energy consumption from renewable sources, including biodiesel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), on-site generated renewable energy and purchased electricity in the UK which is backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs).
Greenhouse gas emissions - scope 3 (categories 1 and 11)
tCO2e 792,452 793,545 870,117  Indirect emissions that occur in our value chain for material scope 3 categories, which are category 1: Purchased goods and services (61% of 2019 baseline year scope 3 emissions) and category 11: Use of sold products (34% of 2019 baseline year scope 3 emissions). 
Greenhouse gas emissions - scope 3 (category 1: Purchased goods and services)
tCO2e
538,295 533,103 558,647  Estimated emissions arising as a result of purchased goods and services calculated using two raw data sources for the reporting year; spend data and contractor fuel purchase data. 
Greenhouse gas emissions - scope 3 (category 11: Use of sold products) tCO2  254,157  260,442  311,470 We use the Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) of completed homes in the reporting year to estimate their carbon impact over a lifetime period of 80 years. 
Water consumption m3  240,232  214,517  224,443  The volume of water consumed across our regional offices, development sites and sales suites.  
Total waste generated (including construction, demolition and excavation wastes)
tonnes  382,824  637,509  709,311  Total waste produced by our development sites, including wastes from demolition, excavation and construction works.
Total waste reused or recycled
tonnes  362,227  573,724  644,608  Total waste generated that has been reused or recycled. 
Total waste reused or recycled
% 95  90  91  Proportion of total waste generated that has been reused or recycled.  
Total waste classified as hazardous  tonnes   2,602  13,689  84,927  Hazardous waste generation is dependent on project activities during the year, including materials contained within any buildings demolished and any contaminated land encountered during groundworks. 
Total waste sent directly to landfill   tonnes    9,666 46,882  53,055  Waste sent directly to landfill for disposal typically relates to hazardous waste arising from demolition and excavation activities that cannot be treated in another way. During 2021 we had fewer sites of this nature.  
Construction waste generated   tonnes    154,409  177,572  142,648  Construction waste produced by our development sites. This excludes any demolition and excavation waste.  
Construction waste reused or recycled 
96  95  94  Proportion of construction waste that has been reused or recycled.  
Construction waste classified as hazardous   tonnes    397  1,210  722 Hazardous waste generated as part of construction works. This normally consists of used spill kit materials and containers for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) items.

Considerate Construction

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Average Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) score 
#/50  43  43  43 
Based on independent audits by the CCS. Within 2020/21 three visits (3%) were scored beneath 40/50. 

Supply Chain

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Days taken to pay suppliers on average 
# 29 28  30 
In line with the period outlined as part of the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter. 

Employees

Measure  Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Total Employees  # 2,705  2,844  2,664 
The total number of employees at 30 April each year. 
Board of Directors - Male  %
71%  75%  75%   
Board of Directors - Female  %   29%  25%  25%   
Senior management - Male  % 40%  43%  50%   
Senior management - Female  60%  57%  50%   
Reporting to senior management – Male 
%   68%  79%  80%   
Reporting to senior management – Female  %   32%  21%  20%  
Total Employees - Male 
64%  63%  62%   
Total Employees - Female  %   36%  37%  38%   

Skills and Training

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Direct apprentices and training 
6.5  9.3  10.3 
Calculated as the average monthly percentage of our direct workforce who are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students. 
Number of directly employed apprentices
# 135 100  151 
Number of employees on an apprenticeship throughout the year. Apprentices work across many disciplines in our business. 

Health and Safety

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Annual Injury Incidence Rate per 1,000 people 
1.24  1.17  1.14 
The number of reportable injuries during the year in relation to Berkeley employees and contractors working across our sites. 
Work-related employee and contractor fatalities 
There were no fatalities during the year. 
Hours of training delivered on health and safety matters 
24,843  34,126 30,792 
In 2020/21, some the training was adapted to be delivered virtually. 

Charity and the Berkeley Foundation

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Employees involved with Give As You Earn 
32  33  32 
We maintain a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Diamond Award for payroll giving. 
Staff involved with the Foundation
% 53 63  65  Based on internal data collection. 

Customer Experience

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Net Promoter Score
77.9  78.8  73.5 
Six-month rolling average to March 2021, compared with a sector average of 42 (HBF, 2021). 
Customers who would recommend us to a friend 
98.3  98.5  97.1 
Year to March 2021, compared with an industry average of 91% (HBF, March 2021). 

New Homes

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Completed homes  # 3,254  3,158  3,959 
The number of homes that legally completed during the year including our joint ventures. 

Contribution to Society and Community

Measure Unit  2020/21  2019/20  2018/19  Notes 
Contribution to GDP  £  2.5bn 2.6bn 3.0bn
Berkeley’s calculated overall contribution to GDP. 
Tax
£ 595m  675m  816m
This includes taxes paid directly by Berkeley and the taxes paid by its customers and suppliers as a result of Berkeley activities.
Affordable housing and wider contributions 
£m  204  270  525
The contribution we make in affordable housing subsidies and wider community infrastructure benefits delivered or committed to during the year.

Sustainability Reports & Disclosures

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