Governance and Management, Risk and Opportunities

Risks and Opportunities

Understanding and addressing our sustainability risks and opportunities helps us operate as a successful and responsible business. Our key sustainability risks, and how we address each, are outlined in the table below. Further information on our corporate risks and opportunities can be found in the Annual Report.

Key Risks

Risks  Financial impact  Management approach 
Poor environmental efficiency during our operations Higher operating costs due to increased energy use, water consumption and waste production

Performance targets in place, including:

  • 10% reduction in operational carbon emissions intensity by April 2018
  • 10% construction waste reduction by April 2018
  • 5% reduction in site water use per operative by April 2018

Regular site sustainability assessments undertaken

Pollution incidents on site
Reputational damage and fines
Regular site sustainability assessments undertaken
Increased frequency of extreme weather events such as flooding, water shortages and high winds
Delays to the build programme
Mitigating our impact on climate change

Increase awareness of risks and adapt our production approach to minimise the risks
Disruption to the supply of materials or services due to extreme weather events
Costs of finding alternative suppliers and/or delays to the build programme
Integrating an assessment of sustainability into our selection process
Poor site management, including Health & Safety
Reputational damage and higher operating costs
Communicating our sustainability requirements to all contractors

Having dedicated commercial teams who are able to monitor and respond to material availability
Increasing legislative/regulatory environmental requirements
Increase in cost of building homes 

Increase in research and development costs
Engaging with policy makers and keeping up-to-date with regulatory proposals and changes  

Provide consultation responses
Negative impact on local communities
Reduced likelihood of gaining planning permission within the same area and poor reputation with potential customers
Consultation with the community early in the planning stages so they are informed about the development

Regular site sustainability assessments undertaken

All sites register with the Considerate Constructors Scheme
Failure to meet expectations
Failure to gain planning approval

Reduced market value of homes which do not meet customer expectations
Commitment to apply Berkeley's Community Engagement Strategy on every planning application

Commitment to run a programme of engagement and research to further enhance our product and processes based on the needs of our customers

Continuing to assess the social sustainability of our developments
Reduced availability of skilled labour
Increase in cost of building homes

Potential delays to production and reduced output
Encourage apprenticeships and vocational training and invest in training and development of employees

Key Opportunities

Opportunity  Financial impact  Management approach 
Improving operational efficiency
Lower operating costs, and reduced vulnerability to fluctuating prices, due to efficiencies and lower waste disposal costs

Performance targets, including:

  • 10% reduction in operational carbon emissions intensity by April 2018
  • 10% construction waste reduction and re-use or recycle at least 90% of total waste produced on site by April 2018
  • 5% reduction in site water use per operative by April 2018

Market differentiation of our product

Increased market value of homes due to demand for good design and efficiency
Homes designed to be resilient to climate change and built to a high standard
Creating new successful places
Higher sales due to enhanced reputation and desirability of the location of our homes 

Increased market value of homes due to the customer appeal of the location
Using our social sustainability framework to inform the planning and delivery of the places we create

Commitment to implement community plans on our developments to facilitate thriving communities
Developing a highly skilled workforce
A highly skilled and stable workforce has the potential to be more productive
Provide health and safety and sustainability training for employees

Invest in training and development through talent management programmes
Promoting a positive image of construction to address the skills shortage
Helps to ensure future availability of the labour force
Collaborating with external organisations, including schools and colleges
Having a positive impact on the environment
Positive reputational benefits
Commitment to create a net biodiversity gain on all new sites from May 2017
Having a positive impact on society Positive reputational benefits and increased likelihood of obtaining planning permission in the same area 

Operational costs of running the Berkeley Foundation
All sites are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme

Investing in the Berkeley Foundation through fundraising, Give As You Earn, and volunteering

Providing services and facilities

Delivering affordable housing
Developing a reliable and stable supply chain
Reputational benefit of association with suppliers which demonstrate strong performance and approach to sustainability
Work with suppliers to improve sustainability performance of their product or service

Integrate a review of the sustainability of products, suppliers and contractors in our formal tender process