At Keepmoat Homes we think and act beyond bricks and mortar – sustainability is built into our very vision: Building Communities and Transforming Lives.
As well as creating better places for people to live, we know our success depends on playing our part in building the sustainable communities and enhanced environments our customers and partners value.
With Building Communities and Transforming Lives at the forefront, we are focused on the issues of most importance to the people around us, where our business can make the greatest contribution.
Building Communities, Transforming Lives
Alongside creating better places for people to live, we work with our partners to create and improve places and in turn improve economic, environmental and social outcomes
In 2020: £18.3m social value delivered
Supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff, our sub-contractors and our communities
In 2020: 14,704 COVID-19 site inductions
Taking action to reduce absolute carbon emissions from our operations, our supply chain and the homes we build, and to adapt our operations and homes to our changing climate
In 2020: 93% electricity on renewable tariffs (now 100%)
Protecting and enhancing our environment across the lifecycle of our operations, homes and our developments
In 2020: -11% environmental incidents
Educating for construction
Providing education and development opportunities for our staff and communities to address the construction sector skills shortage
In 2020: 45 construction apprentices
Safe and sustainable operations
Assuring the safety and sustainability of our sites, operations and supply chains, and increasing the proportion of people from local communities in our workforce
In 2020: 6% reduction in lost time injuries
To deliver increasingly sustainable homes (affordable, efficient, low carbon and adaptable)
In 2020: 3,000 tonnes carbon avoided over life of homes constructed
Efficient operations & Zero Net Waste
Achieve zero net waste construction through waste minimisation and buying recycled. Continually improve our management systems (ISO 14001, ISO 9001 & OSHAS 18001)
In 2020: 33% reduction in total waste
How we prioritise
We determine our priority sustainability issues, not just through internal discussion, but through reaching out to charities and community groups, our suppliers, local government and development partners, and our investors.
A major engagement activity was held in 2019 to assess the most important or ‘most material’ issues to focus on, involving 135 internal and external stakeholders, consisting of quantitative and qualitative research. Regular stakeholder engagement is an ongoing process, and we will be working with partners to review our targets, and gaining more customer views on sustainability in our 2021 financial year.
While the value we create through our developments begins at the local level, these activities can contribute to regional, national and global goals. We have aligned our focus and objectives to eight of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals where we can make the greatest contribution.
Governance and management
The Board and Executive have overall oversight of the sustainability strategy (see Sustainability Strategy 2020-2022), providing directional steer and approving the release of the right resources for sustainability to be effectively managed. The Board and Executive approve sustainability policy, strategy and commitments.
The HSS Committee, headed by the Health, Safety and Sustainability Director plays a co-ordinating role, developing the sustainability strategy. Under this sits the Sustainability Team responsible for coordination of the strategy. It provides tools and initiatives for functions and monitors and reports on performance.
Ultimately, delivery of the sustainability strategy happens though functional and regional teams through all operational activities. A team of Social and Economic Impact Managers delivers sustainability initiatives at the community level.
Reflecting the wide-reaching implications of sustainability for our business, and the recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures the business is currently reviewing it’s Environmental, Social and Economic Governance, with outcomes to be reported in due course.
Climate risks and opportunities
The physical impacts of climate change, and global efforts to mitigate it have implications for all businesses and society as a whole. Our Sustainability Policy and Environmental Policy contains a clear commitment for our business to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
In our 2021 Financial Year, we are reviewing our risks and opportunities in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and will be publishing our first CDP Climate Survey in 2022, providing further detail on initial risks and opportunities identified.
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