Corporate Social Responsibility

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Our contribution to the Sussex economy

With a turnover of £24.5 million and employing over 1,000 local people each year, we make a significant contribution to the local Sussex economy.

We prioritise using the services of local businesses, and with all our employees living locally, they in turn reinvest their salaries to further stimulate the local economy.

We act as a role model for other employers in promoting opportunities and providing support for employees who have a disability or other long term health condition. 4.5% of our employees have a declared disability with a further 13% registering a long term health condition.

Charity support

Each year we nominate a local charity to support. In recent years, our staff have raised money for Sussex Caring Pets, The Trussell Trust and local foodbanks, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Alchemy Trust.     

The environment

We strive to create a better quality of life for clients and staff, now and in the future. We are committed to keeping our environmental impact to a minimum and over the long term, to ensure that all of our practices and developments are sustainable. Where possible we will also work to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. To support this we have a plan of activities designed to reduce energy and water use, cut carbon emissions and waste and reduce the impact of business related travel on the environment.

We aim to:

Reduce energy use in all buildings
Implement green technology where possible
Ensure that energy and water efficiency is addressed at all stages of design and development of properties
Use recycled and biodegradable goods where appropriate
Ensure that waste is a consideration in our procurement process
Reduce the need for business related travel
Reduce the environmental impact of our offices
Reduce the environmental impact of the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of our homes
Keep staff informed of how Southdown works to reduce its environmental impact
Provide advice and information to clients to encourage reduced environmental impact and reduced energy costs