Barratt Developments is the UK's largest house builder by volume. Last year we built 17,300 homes across England, Scotland and Wales, supported more than 50,000 jobs and invested close to £500million into local communities through affordable housing, infrastructure and community facilities.
We are absolutely committed to building the homes the country needs – we have increased our housing output by more than 50% in the last five years – but we are also committed to Building Excellence, leading the industry both in the quality of the homes and communities we build, and the sustainability of our business.
On October 6th we published our Sustainability Report 2017, which is available here. Within this report we demonstrate the steps we are taking to maintain our position as the nations' leading sustainable house builder. We show that our approach to key areas of sustainability can help our business act responsibly and ensure we protect and improve our environment at the same time as we build the high quality homes and communities our customers love. Our report also highlights the importance of skills and training, the responsible sourcing of labour and how investment in our workforce is vital to our company but also to our sector as we strive to build the high quality homes the country needs.
All of these areas of sustainability are illustrated with tangible examples. For example, how over the last 12 months through our unique national partnership with the RSPB we have invested in the design of new swift bricks to provide a nesting environment for birds which the whole industry can use. We have completed a major internal project looking at plasterboard sizes with exciting results which could end up reducing our waste by 1,300 tonnes every year. We're making clear our zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery is being supported by the companies in our supply chain.
Our business makes a significant contribution to the communities within which we operate, through creation of jobs, payment of section 106 contributions, construction of community infrastructure and investment in local infrastructure. An infographic of our socio-economic contributions is available here.
Finally, this report and footprint are part of our ongoing conversation with stakeholders. We'd love to hear from you how we can improve the way we do things so please get in touch with your thoughts and ideas, or if you want more information - firstname.lastname@example.org