Dow Jones sustainability

All of our achievements during 2015 benefit the local communities we serve through our focus on our customers, our environment, our people and health and safety. Some of our key achievements in the last year are outlined below:

External recognition

  • For the second successive year Persimmon was included as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index.

Our Customers

  • We sold a total of 14,572 homes in 2015 (2014: 13,509)
  • Since April 2013 we have assisted over 14,000 customers to purchase their first home under the Help to Buy scheme with 6,110 sales in 2015 alone

Our Environment

  • Our disclosure score in the annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) increased to 79 (2014: 65)
  • Waste per home built decreased to 6.3 tonnes per home (2014: 6.4 tonnes) and the level of waste recycled also increased to 92% (2014: 90%)
  • All the homes we built were assessed for energy efficiency against the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) with an average rating of 83
  • We completed 5,671 Persimmon homes using Space4 timber frame technology in 2015 representing 39% of our new home sales (2014: 5,085)
  • 1,338 of our homes sold included a form of renewable energy technology (2014: 1,215)
  • The average C02 g/km emissions of our motor fleet reduced by 3% from 109 g/km in 2014 to 106 g/km in 2015

Our People

  • We increased our employees by over a fifth to 4,188 people (2014: 3,453)
  • The amount of training provided to our workforce increased significantly to over 10,200 days (2014: 7,911)
  • We increased the number of apprentices and trainees employed by 32% to 580 (2014: 439)
  • We maintained Equality Accreditation in Employment and Customer Service at the silver level by Innovatec AS

Health and Safety

  • HSE Notifications of Contravention down significantly by 38%
  • 8,217 health and safety training days delivered (2014: 6,045)
  • 50% increase in Group Health & Safety department staffing levels
  • Production and use of DVDs as health & safety training aids

Our Communities

  • Total investment in new community facilities, including schools and public open spaces of £47 million in 2015 (2014: £48 million)
  • We donated £516,000 to community groups and charities through the Community Champions initiative and a further £77,000 to other charitable causes. Through a combination of Group donations and employee fundraising we raised over £672,000 for charitable purposes in 2015 (2014: £171,000)
  • We built 2,147 homes for Housing Associations (2014: 2,256)