Berkeley, Governance


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. Responsibility sits with staff at all levels and is supported by our ethos that every one of our employees has a duty to integrate sustainability into their own roles and working practices. This is reflected in Vision2020 which is a framework for our business, rather than a stand-alone sustainability strategy. 

These committees and working groups are explained in more detail below.

Ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to sustainability rests with the Main Board of The Berkeley Group Holdings plc. At each meeting (approximately every six weeks), the Main Board is provided with a report on sustainability and a progress update on the implementation of our business framework, Vision2020, and sustainability KPIs. The contents of the report are presented by the Director with Responsibility for Sustainability and the key issues are discussed.

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Our Board level Sustainability and Health & Safety Committee was set up in 2010 and is chaired by our Non-executive Director, John Armitt. This committee meets twice a year to agree the high level direction of The Group's approach to sustainability and health & safety, as set out within the Vision2020 framework. The committee ensures that the chosen direction is aligned with Berkeley's business objectives. It also agrees the measures used to assess Berkeley's overall performance.

The Berkeley Group Sustainability and Health & Safety Working Group is chaired by our Director with Responsibility for Sustainability, Karl Whiteman. The working group meets three times a year and its primary role is to agree the detail of Berkeley's approach to sustainability and health & safety. In doing so, the working group ensures that Berkeley's policies, Vision2020 commitments, ambitions and performance indicators are appropriate. The working group is also responsible for overseeing and ensuring implementation of the agreed strategies, including reviewing progress against Vision2020, performance against indicators and compliance with policies. The working group consists of directors and senior managers from each of our operating divisions, together with sustainability and health & safety practitioners from across The Group.

Each of our operating companies has nominated sustainability representatives who sit on Divisional Sustainability Working Groups. These working groups enable The Group's approach and requirements for sustainability to be disseminated and implemented within the divisions. They review and agree implementation strategies, monitor each division's sustainability performance and share best practice.

Our sustainability governance structure is supported by a central Sustainability Team which assists in the delivery of our strategy across The Group. However, we believe that the key to running a sustainable business is to embed sustainability into the day-to-day operations of the company and, to that end, our ethos is that every one of our employees has responsibility for integrating sustainability into their own roles and working practices.

All of our offices have Green Office Champions in place to promote sustainable working practices and a sustainable workplace. The Champions play a key role in ensuring employees understand any initiatives that are in place and how to efficiently use facilities provided in offices.

Within each of our project teams we nominate a Vision2020 Champion. Our Vision2020 Champions are responsible for monitoring progress towards any Vision2020 commitments that are relevant to their project and championing improvements in sustainability performance to achieve our targets.

On each of our construction sites, the Site Manager or Project Manager will take overall responsibility for sustainability management on site and, as such, will act as a Site Sustainability Champion. We also nominate a Site Waste Management Champion who is responsible for promoting good waste management practice and ensuring the site is compliant with its Site Waste Management Plan.