Our Approach

Building on Persimmon’s strengths

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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.

We have a key role to play in minimising our environmental impact through our operations, our supply chain and the homes and communities we build, ultimately helping our customers to live more sustainably. Reducing our impact makes sense not only from an environmental perspective, but it also ensures greater efficiencies throughout our supply chain and operations.

Key targets and achievements

We have set science based carbon reduction targets for our operations and our indirect emissions (i.e. our homes in use and our supply chain).

Our targets have been accredited by the Science Based Target Initiative.

We aim to be net zero for our homes in use by 2030 and in our operations by 2040, and have established carbon reduction glide paths to achieve our targets.

We aim to have 50% of our homes built using timber frames from our off-site manufacturing facilities by 2025.

Link to priorities

Build quality & safety    Reinforcing trust   Supporting sustainable communities


SDG alignment


Transforming communities

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

Creating sustainable places for our customers is at the heart of what we do. Our Placemaking Framework guides all our developments and ensures we create lasting sustainable communities with great design, the right house types, and valued green open spaces. It is essential we make a positive impact when building new homes, meeting stakeholder expectations and engaging local residents.

Key targets and achievements

We were delighted to be awarded an HBF five-star rating for the first time in our history in 2022. We aim to maintain this rating going forward.

We will deliver at least 10% Biodiversity Net Gain on our developments from November 2023.

Our NHBC Reportable Items have improved by 25.8% since the introduction of The Persimmon Way in 2020.

In 2023 we are targeting to further improve our NHBC Reportable Items by 25%.

Link to priorities

Build quality & safety    Reinforcing trust   Disciplined growth   Supporting sustainable communities


SDG alignment


Safe and inclusive

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

Recruiting and retaining the right people means we deliver our five key priorities and provide excellent customer service. It is a priority that our processes meet stringent standards to ensure safety and wellbeing. 

Key targets and achievements

We will report our Annual Injury Incidence Rate and will aim to improve it year on year.

Aim to have females composing: 40% of our employees, 35% of our senior management team and 45% of employees in management roles by the end of 2025.

The Group will maintain being a Living Wage Foundation accredited employer.

Link to priorities

Build quality & safety    Reinforcing trust   Supporting sustainable communities


SDG alignment


Materiality matrix

Focusing on what matters most

Materiality Matrix

Engaging with Stakeholders

Committed to maintaining positive relationships

Engaging with Stakeholders


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

UN Sustainable Development Goals