Our ambition to be the market leader in the design and delivery of sustainable homes and mixed-use communities is backed by a strong ethos to operate in a responsible and ethical way.
We apply the principles of operating responsibly at every level of our business from the products and materials we procure to the homes we build and the people we employ, and we expect the same from our partners.
Operating responsibly is at the core of everything we do. We integrate health, safety and environmental considerations throughout our business and take pride in being a business that creates value and trust for all our stakeholders.
We aim to show leadership in managing health and safety on our sites and put in place different initiatives to continuously drive improvements in our performance. In 2018, our Annual Injury Incident Rate fell by 18% to 342, taking us below the UK Construction Industry average of 397.
The principles set out in our Corporate Health and Safety Policy are implemented through the business through a Health & Safety Executive Committee and a dedicated team of Health & Safety Advisors. All directors in the business are also required to undertake regular health and safety site tours.
Our environmental management system and processes are designed to minimise risk and cover all of our construction operations. Our health and safety system has procedures designed to minimise risk and is based on BS OHSAS 18001.
The Group Health, Safety and Environmental Director, along with his team, undertake environmental audits of our sites to measure their performance against our environmental procedures and standards.
All our sites take part in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and in 2018 our average score was 34.6/50.
Find out more about some of our Health, Safety and Environmental campaigns and initiatives in our Integrated Report.
Modern slavery is a complex and often hidden crime that takes a number of different forms and transcends age, gender or culture. It can encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. There are an estimated 13,000 slaves in the UK, with the National Crime Agency naming the construction industry as one of the top 3 industries at risk of modern slavery.
As part of our response to the Modern Slavery Act, we have prepared a statement that outlines the steps we are taking to ensure our operations and supply chain are free of slavery.
In 2018, we developed and launched e-learning for all site staff and employees who are on site regularly. This e-learning takes them through the risk of modern slavery on construction sites, how to spot potential victims and how to report any concerns they may have. Supporting this is an internal escalation procedure, which is managed by our HR team, as well as our whistleblowing hotline. Any reported concerns will be investigated thoroughly and involve the appropriate authorities.
As part of our commitment to fostering effective and fair relationships with our supply chain, we developed and launched a Supply Chain Code of Conduct in 2018. The Code brings together, into one clear and concise document, all our existing policies and expectations around important social and environmental matters, such as health and welfare, labour practices, data protection and waste — to name a few.
You may view our Supply Chain Code of Conduct here.
For more information about how we drive ethical business behaviour by our employees, please read more about our corporate values and behaviours.