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NHBC's responsible business credentials recognised in national review

NHBC (National House Building Council) has achieved a Silver Award in Business in the Community's (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index, in the company's first year of public entry to the UK's leading voluntary corporate responsibility benchmarking scheme.

BITC's publicly-disclosed annual benchmarking process recognises NHBC's influential role within the new homes industry, putting NHBC alongside many major national and global brands in terms of ethical best practice. As a non-profit distributing company, corporate responsibility has always been central to NHBC's operations since its creation three quarters of a century ago, reinvesting in initiatives which influence and improve UK house-building, to fulfil the business' fundamental purpose of raising the standard of new homes to protect homeowners.

Isabel Hudson, NHBC's Executive Chairman, said:

"I am delighted with this result. We set the bar at achieving Silver in our first entry to the Index, building that target into our corporate business objectives, and in fact just missed out on Gold by only two percentage points. I would like to acknowledge colleagues from across the UK, without whose support and engagement this significant award would not have been achieved. We continue to target improvements in our CR programme, and will be aiming to achieve Gold status or better in 2013."

NHBC has now become one of 350 organisations from all backgrounds which have demonstrated how implementing and managing a systematic approach to CR can help companies accurately measure, manage and shape their social and environmental performance. It is one of a select group of only around 100 that have chosen to publicly disclose this information, in a commitment to transparency and openness.

Achieving Silver shows that, among other essential assessment criteria, NHBC conducts effective stakeholder engagement, has the right processes in place in order to identify and manage risks and opportunities, and has reporting processes which accurately document its ever-improving high performance.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said:

"I congratulate NHBC on achieving Silver in the 2012 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. The CR Index has helped to highlight clearly those best practice examples that bring to life in a powerful way what integrated responsible practice really looks like. As we celebrate ten years of our CR Index, it has given me great pleasure to witness each company's responsible business journey and the transformations they are making both within their businesses and the impact they have in our communities".

In the last ten years since the CR Index launched, there have been substantial shifts in how companies integrate responsible business into their operations, along with a growing recognition of the role of business in society and the potential to be a force for good.

News Date: 15/03/12