Our products play an important role in the UK's economic development and we're working continuously to reduce the impact of our operations on people and the environment.

We recognise our social responsibility obligations in our various roles, which include producer, investor, employer and consumer.  We are committed to ensuring that our business is conducted in all respects according to rigorous ethical, professional and legal standards.

Whilst some services and products are procured on a national basis, where possible local suppliers and services are used. We strongly believe that recirculating our spend into the local economy and local businesses ensures we receive excellent customer service, thereby keeping our sites fully operational.

Our policies and codes of conduct encourage the highest standards in areas such as the environment, health and safety, and equal opportunities, both for our staff and those with whom they may come into contact.

We aim to reduce any impact of our operations and especially encourage a positive approach to people's health and safety and care for the environment (our policies in these areas are an integral part of our business activities).  For example, we continue to improve our safety performance year-on-year; we have increased the number of sites with environmental, safety and quality certification; and we have continued to focus on actively engaging communities through local liaison and support for local events, community groups and sports teams.

We aim to manage our people openly, honestly and fairly and to be a responsible employer, adopting values and standards designed to help guide our staff in their conduct and business relationships.  We are committed to having a fully trained and competent workforce and actively promote vocational training for our employees.

In 2018 Breedon became an active member of the Global Cement & Concrete Association, which aims to drive industry leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete, improve the social and environmental impact of the sector’s activities and products and foster innovation and collaboration with industry associations and innovators along the length of the built-environment value chain.  In 2019 we made a strong commitment to the five pillars of sustainability contained in the GCCA’s Sustainability Charter and its associated guidelines: Health and Safety; Climate Change and Energy; Social Responsibility; Environment and Nature; and the Circular Economy.  Breedon has until 2023 to ensure that these are fully embedded across all our business lines, that our KPI reporting is harmonised with others in our sector and that we report all relevant performance data.  In many cases we will be complying with other statutory reporting requirements, some of which are more onerous than those of the GCCA, but we will always comply with the GCCA’s guidelines as a minimum and in general will seek to go well beyond them.

Our ESG Investor presentation can be viewed here.

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