Ultimate responsibility for sustainability rests with our Group Chief Executive, Jeff Fairburn. Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Committee provides direction for our business and makes recommendations on strategy and policies in this area to the Risk Committee.
The CR Committee is chaired by Marion Sears, an independent Non-Executive Director, and includes representatives with operational and functional responsibility from across the business. Our Divisional Commercial Directors coordinate day to day activities on sustainability issues through our network of 28 regional operating businesses.
Our sustainability strategy and policies are regularly reviewed by the CR Committee. They are cascaded to the regions through the management team of each operating business. This ensures that sustainability is on the agenda of each operating business and that best practice can be shared effectively across the Group.
We measure, monitor and report on our sustainability activities and performance on an annual basis. Sustainability management is an integrated activity and is the responsibility of all our employees, from those on our developments around the UK to our senior management teams.
Persimmon operates an Environmental Management System (EMS) that covers all processes from land appraisal, site remediation to manufacturing and construction.
We measure our sustainability performance using a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) collated on a regular basis from our operating businesses and reviewed at each CR Committee meeting. After each CR Committee meeting a report is made to the Board. A summary of the KPIs are included in the Board briefing papers and CR is discussed annually at the strategy meeting. A summary of our KPI performance data can be found here and our sustainability policies can be found here.
Persimmon complies with the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014 and our Annual Report 2015 provides further information on our corporate governance.