We define social sustainability as being about people's quality of life and the strength of a community, 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.
Social sustainability is considered through every aspect of our business from the places that we create through to our operations and the work with our supply chain. We have been leaders in this field by working with external experts to develop a framework for measuring social sustainability on our developments.
Our commitment to social sustainability begins at the early stages of the development with our community engagement strategy where we engage with the local communities to ensure we meet their aspirations for the development. We set minimum space standards for all our homes and have a commitment to enable fibre broadband on all our new homes. We have a strong emphasis on Health and Safety where exceptional performance is targeted and each project should maintain the highest possible standards to prevent injury events.
Since 2012 we have developed our approach to social sustainability focusing on creating successful places. We have worked with experts in the field of social sustainability to create a framework to measure people's quality of life and wellbeing in new housing developments.
We have published a toolkit to help developers and planners apply the ideas behind social sustainability to individual sites, together with independent assessments of Berkeley developments which reveal what life is like for residents living in the places we build.
Through our business framework, Our Vision, we have a number of commitments to ensure we are delivering social sustainability. Some of these are new, stretching commitments and others are business as usual activities. Our social sustainability targets are based around our own business operations, the design of the homes and communities we build and on promoting sustainable living to customers. In summary we are committed to:
Implementing community plans on our developments to facilitate thriving communities.
Following Berkeley's Community Engagement Strategy on all planning applications we submit and developing a Statement of Community Involvement.
Ensuring at least 1,500 people across our direct and indirect workforce undertake an apprenticeship or vocational training.
Registering all sites with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and achieving a minimum of 38 points in every site audit.
Designing our homes to consider future climate change to ensure continued thermal comfort.
Enabling fibre broadband on all new homes and providing community Wi-Fi.
Guaranteeing space standards for all new homes by ensuring 2.5m ceiling heights and by following the nationally prescribed storage and principal bedroom requirements.
Broadening and promoting the Innovation Fund to invest in fresh ideas that improve safety, health and wellbeing, building technology, and sustainability in the property and construction industry.
Encouraging and supporting every member of staff in contributing every year to the Berkeley Foundation.
Continuing to aspire to operate incident and injury free and target an AIR of 3.00 and an AFR of 0.14.
Undertaking regular health and safety assessments on all construction sites.
Launching and implementing a new programme to promote the wellbeing of our staff and create healthy workplaces.
Investing in training and development through our talent management programmes to realise the potential of our people across all areas of the business.