Our Responsibility

We have commissioned over 100 research papers seeking to challenge and improve upon the way we undertake development and the buildings we produce.


We fundamentally believe that sustainability makes good business sense. Flexible, adaptable and efficient developments will attract occupiers and investors and engage with the local context. Our priorities encompass:

Environment and natural resources:
Each of our developments will be designed to meet targets for energy efficiency, carbon reduction, water reduction, recycling and sustainable materials.

Regeneration and access:
We will focus our developments on realising the potential of urban brownfield sites that can introduce new uses and long lasting regeneration. Access to sustainable forms of transport will also be a key consideration.

Occupier satisfaction:
We will conduct post-occupancy research on completed developments with the aims of ensuring that the intended sustainability benefits are delivered, and learning for future projects.

Independent assessment:
The performance of our developments will be verified through the application of appropriate credits from schemes such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes where they drive meaningful outcomes.

For a copy of our Sustainabilty Policy and lastest Performance Ratings, please contact:

UK Green Building Council

Stanhope recognised the need for a single, consistent voice on sustainability within the industry that was non-political and non-partisan.

As such, we were a founding member of the UK Green Building Council, which was launched in February 2007 after a Government taskforce reported that no single organisation was providing clear direction on sustainable building.

Stanhope sponsor council events, provide support funding for its working groups and provide general financial support through our membership subscription,

The UK GBC is part of the World Green Building Council and is made up of almost 300 members from throughout the industry, including architects, engineers, investors, manufacturers, consultants, surveyors, developers and more.

Responsibility to our customers

We strive to create an open, honest and fair working environment. We are wary of complacency and endeavour to be open-minded, working with partners who can influence the industry and challenge the norm. We have a “can do” attitude and aim to fully meet our customers’ needs to optimise value for them through our expertise from inception through to aftercare. Our business model is one of balancing risk against reward, allowing us to build long-lasting relationships with mutual benefits and a reputation of respect and trust which will lead to repeat business.

Responsibility to our team members

We strive to create a working environment in which to optimise individual and team performance. We are committed to treating everyone fairly and equally, and health and well-being is our top priority. We value the input of everyone who is involved in our projects and choose to work with the best the industry has to offer. We constantly strive for improvement to maintain our position as a market leader, working with like-minded people who will embrace initiatives that are for good for the industry.

Responsibility to the community

We strive to provide a legacy of socially responsible developments recognising the environmental, social and economic needs of the communities we work in and involve them in developing appropriate and lasting solutions, which create better places for people to live, work and enjoy.

Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, large companies (those with a turnover in excess of £36 million) are required to disclose each financial year what, if any, steps, they have taken to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains. The Stanhope Group qualifies as a large company in the year to 31st March 2016, and our Modern Slavery policy statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern Slavery Policy – July 2017