Taylor Wimpey is a national developer operating at a local level from 24 regional businesses across the UK, and we also have operations in Spain. Our vision is to be the UK’s leading residential developer for creating value and delivering quality. In 2015 we completed a total of 13,534 homes, excluding joint ventures. We maintain a long term focus on value and on achieving our financial and quality objectives sustainably in a cyclical environment.
We are committed to being a responsible homebuilder and to making our business practices more sustainable, because it is the right thing to do and it makes sound business sense for our Company. Customer service is a key priority for our business alongside health and safety, and our aim is to keep our customers at the centre of our decisions.
We strive to be an open, transparent and responsive company for all of our stakeholders. Stakeholder engagement helps us to understand and address the wider social, economic and environmental impacts resulting from our operations. Our stakeholders are: our investors, customers, local communities, employees, suppliers, subcontractors and other business partners, local government, UK Government, landowners and land agents,housing associations, trade associations and industry bodies, charities, NGOs and other groups interested in sustainable communities.
During 2015 we continued to embed our 2013 Sustainability Strategy. The strategy sets out our six sustainability principles and a range of strategic priorities and commitments that relate to key social, environmental and economic issues. According to our 2015 employee survey, 97% of our staff who participated believe that Taylor Wimpey is committed to being an ethical and responsible company.
In addition in 2015 we:
- Committed over £335m to infrastructure, community facilities, education, schools, jobs and affordable housing through Section 106 and Section 75 planning obligations
- Donated and fundraised over £746k for registered charities, in addition to c.£112k for other organisations such Scout groups and other local community causes
- Our Pennington Wharf regeneration scheme in Leigh won an Excellent level CEEQUAL Award for its pioneering sustainable design
- Our Cranbrook development in East Devon was named ‘Best Overall Development’ as well as winner of the Affordable Housing categoryat the Inside Housing Magazine’s Top 60 Awards
- Taylor Wimpey East Scotland won a 2015 VIBES Award for our Torrance Park Water Project
Since 2015 we have also started to focus more closely on sustainable procurement. We have completed a high level review and benchmarking exercise of where we sit in terms of responsible procurement, and are developing our approach. We have completed an analysis of resource use in supply chain, including energy, carbon, water, waste and cost. We are looking forward to working with the School to support our approach in this area.