Our Approach

Embedding sustainability into the business

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Group Chief Executive’s introduction to Sustainability

“I want to ensure that we continue to embed sustainability in the business, with the right strategy in place to ensure we are ambitious, reflecting the material issues relevant to our business and society today.”

2020 has been a year of unprecedented change. Our priority has been to deliver for our customers while protecting their and our colleagues’ safety and wellbeing during the pandemic. I would like to thank employees for their continued hard work, determination and positivity during this challenging period.

We continue to support the communities in which we operate during the Coronavirus through our charitable giving. We set up a colleague volunteering programme for those able to give their time to help the NHS and local communities. In 2020, our Community Champions initiative donated c.£2m to local charities and community groups.

The pandemic has shown how crucial it is to identify and plan for future challenges. Indeed, that we need to act now to both mitigate the effects and adapt to the likely impacts. Sustainability is very similar. I want to ensure that we continue to embed sustainability in the business, with the right strategy in place to ensure we are ambitious, reflecting the material issues relevant to our business and society today.

Sustainability targets

This is why we are adopting science based carbon reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C warming pledge. We are augmenting these targets with commitments to have zero carbon homes in use by 2030 and for our own operations to be zero carbon from 2040.

Our Sustainability Report 2020 details our progress for the year ended 31 December 2020 and sets out these and many other challenging targets for 2021 and beyond, divided into three key pillars.

The full list of our targets can be found in our Sustainability Report 2020.

Building for tomorrow

We will achieve net zero carbon homes in use and in our operations, supported by carbon reduction commitments, aligned to climate science. 

Safe and inclusive

We will create a safe and inclusive culture focused on the wellbeing of our customers, communities and workforce. 

Transforming communities

We will positively transform communities directly connected to Persimmon’s activities.

I have recently set out sustainability as one of my five key priorities for the business to ensure we’re providing the best quality homes and service. I am determined that we aim to be Britain’s best housebuilder with homes that customers trust and value. Playing a leading role in the zero carbon transition and upholding the highest safety and sustainability standards is at the heart of this approach.

I am encouraged by the continued progress we have made against a challenging backdrop. However, we know we have more to do and our colleagues will be the key to our success in achieving the new commitments set out our Sustainability Report 2020.

Dean Finch
Group Chief Executive

Materiality matrix

Focusing on what matters most

Materiality Matrix

Engaging with Stakeholders

Committed to maintaining positive relationships

Engaging with Stakeholders

UN SDGs

Addressing global challenges in a meaningful way that is relevant and aligned to our business strategy.

UN Sustainable Development Goals