In 2015, the United Nations reviewed the global priorities for creating a sustainable future and produced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As part of this, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) were launched to promote actions to be taken to end poverty and set the world on a path of peace, prosperity and opportunity for all on a healthy planet.
We recognise that as a business, we not only change the lives of our customers by offering many the first step onto the property ladder which would otherwise be unattainable, but there are also many other stakeholders who are impacted by our activities. As a result, we have adopted 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which we believe we support and the details of which are outlined below.
Click on each SDG below to learn more about how we support it
11.1 – By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums.
Our mission is “Changing lives by building affordable, quality homes. Where they are needed, for the people who need them most.”
Our sustainable business model is based around our impact on communities, people and the environment.
We exist to transform lives and make homeownership a reality for young people, low-income families and first-time buyers. This creates communities and provides benefits to wider society.
We partner with local authorities and private landowners to acquire land in areas that will benefit from investment, regeneration and development for housing that is affordable to local people.
5.1 – End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
5.5 – Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
5.a – Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
Gleeson is an equal opportunities employer and we strive to pay our employees equally for the same or equivalent work, regardless of their gender.
We take part in and sponsor Women in Construction and Women in Property events. Our recruitment team are active in seeking to recruit more women into the industry.
We continue to look at roles that women occupy and review how our succession planning programme fits with these roles.
We review job descriptions, roles and responsibilities to make sure these are inclusive.
8.5 – By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
8.6 – By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
8.8 – Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.
We are committed to ensuring that all employees, potential recruits and other stakeholders are treated fairly and equitably.
Recruitment and advancement is based upon individual skills and aptitude irrespective of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or beliefs.
We continue to carry out pay and benefit benchmarking at regular intervals against other employers to ensure that we pay our employees fairly.
Our HomeSafe brand reflects our belief that everyone who is involved in, or affected by, our development work has the right to remain free from harm and return home safe every day.
15.3 – By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.
15.9 – By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts.
Our developments are located in areas where there is often a need for regeneration; typically brownfield sites that would otherwise remain derelict or unused.
We build in the most deprived areas of the UK, regenerating land and building new homes where they are needed most.
We invest in our sites, creating attractive and well-planned developments with green space and biodiversity.
12.2 – By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
12.5 – By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
We have committed to diverting at least 95% of waste from landfill and are implementing initiatives to further reduce waste volumes.
We have established new policies for Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Packaging, Timber and Waste Management.
13.2 – Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
13.3 – Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
We set a target to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 20% to less than two tonnes per home sold within three years.
We have published our scope 3 emissions for the first time this year.
We have established a Climate and Environment policy.