Our approach to sustainability is about considering the future. It is about developing the homes and places of the future without compromising the ability of the younger generations to meet their needs. We consider the long term impacts of our activities and ensure that we take action to reduce them both in terms of running our business efficiently and considerately and by developing sustainable homes and places.
The diagram below outlines our approach to sustainability. Click on each area to see how we promote sustainability in our day-to-day business activities and through the homes and places we create.
We design our developments to strengthen local community, improve quality of life and have lasting social impact.
To do this we use our Creating Successful Places toolkit and have community plans on our large regeneration sites.
We recognise the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity and aim for all new developments to have more nature afterwards than before.
We are working to mitigate our impact on climate change and have set a science-based targets (SBTs) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We also incorporate features to ensue our developments and homes are resilient to the most relevant impacts: flooding, water shortages and overheating.
At all stages of construction, environmental risks and opportunities are considered through a robust environmental assessment process.
We'll continue to have a systematic approach to environmental management and work with our contractors to continue to achieve good environmental management on site.
We are working to reduce our impact on key resources including water, waste and paper. We require all our timber to be certified.
We'll continue to work closely with our contractor to use resources responsibly.
In 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. We have reviewed the SDGs and the targets that sit beneath them, to understand how they relate to our business and where we can make the most significant contribution. Although all the goals are important and interconnected, we have identified four that we have the greatest ability to influence. Further information can be found here.
Berkeley Group is proud to be have been named Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards for the last two years running.
Our approach to sustainability is integrated into our long-term business strategy, called Our Vision. Performance updates on our sustainability-related and other commitments can be found here.
Key sustainability documents published by the Berkeley Group, including carbon and climate change disclosures, can be found here.
In order to work towards the achievement of our sustainability objectives and commitments we have a governance and management structure in place.