The Queen's Award
We are honoured to announce that the Berkeley Group has been awarded the UK's highest accolade for business success - The Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.
This is the second time the Berkeley Group has been recognised, having previously won the award in 2008.
Our award recognises 5 years of continuous achievement in delivering sustainable development. 'Sustainable Development is any activity which ensures a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come'. In particular we were awarded in recognition of the following:
- Developing and implementing Vision2020 - our clear, long-term framework for enhancing the success and sustainability of the business
- Our commitment to the Code for Sustainable Homes (we were the first homebuilder to commit all new homes to be designed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes) and for our Biodiversity and Ecology commitments (in 2010 we committed to appoint an Ecologist on all developments to advise on protecting and enhancing biodiversity)
- Our successes in lowering the environmental impact of our activities, including reducing carbon emissions and water use, as well as increasing construction waste recycling
- Our significant contribution to society through the Berkeley Foundation (our philanthropic foundation) and new Job Creation Programme (which will provide 250 unemployed people with training and employment)
- Our leading work to understand and improve the social sustainability of the communities we create
Highlights of our achievement in this area are:
- Between 2008 and 2012 we have contributed close to £1 billion in tax, and £245m in Section 106 monies to fund transport infrastructure and new community facilities.
- In 2012, 89% of our development was on brownfield land, compared to a sector average of 70%.
- 93% of our current live sites are within 500m of a public transport node.
- Enhancing transport infrastructure: over the last 5 years we have built a new overground station (in Fulham), a river pier (at Vauxhall) and are now building a new station box for Crossrail (in Woolwich).
- Our health & safety record is outstanding: the Accident Incident Rate on site has fallen from 3.91 to 2.99 over the last five years.
- We reduced waste sent to landfill directly by 50% between 2008- 2010; and reused or recycled 93% of construction, demolition and excavation waste in 2012/13, up from 82% in 2010/11.
- Berkeley is now one of the biggest employers in London and our activities in 2012 directly or indirectly supported 16,000 jobs nationwide.
- To date we have committed nearly £5m to over 60 separate charities and good causes through The Berkeley Foundation, more than any other developer in Britain.
- A Carbon Disclosure Project disclosure score of 76 in 2012, against a sector average of 58 and our own score of 71 in 2010.
- Ranked in first place in the Next Generation Benchmark of the sustainability strategies and performance of the UK's top 25 housebuilders for 8 years in succession.
- In 2013, 98% of customers would recommend Berkeley to a friend, up from 89% in 2008 and the highest ever reported.