Corporate Responsibility

Principles & Ethics

We are committed to doing business in a socially responsible way, not because it is a statutory requirement, nor because it is the new Zeitgeist but because it is something we have been doing throughout our corporate life, because we believe it is the right thing to do. In this, as in all areas of our business, we are not followers but leaders in our field.

We aim to behave ethically and act with integrity in our dealings with our business partners, clients, employees, stakeholders and the communities within which we work.

We expect all of our associates, consultants, contractors, employees and suppliers to put these values into practice and we aim to:

  • ensure the health, safety and well-being of all those with whom we associate and whom are affected by our work
  • treat everyone with whom we work with dignity and respect
  • limit our impact on the environment as far as is reasonably possible

Community & Charitable Involvement

  • We encourage our employees to become involved in our corporate charitable work and support them, both practically and financially, in their individual charitable endeavours
  • Our Chief Executive is a Trustee and founder member of the Community Foundation for Surrey. The majority, but not all, of our corporate charitable giving is now directed through the Community Foundation as we recognise that the Foundation's expertise in this field enables it to identify those whose need is greatest in the local community
  • We actively support Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes, who are charitable beneficiaries of our annual Air Show, Wings & Wheels (www.wingsandwheels.net)
  • We provide rental incentives to some of our tenants who are charitable organisations
  • We hire out some of our facilities free of charge or at discounted rates to charities in aid of fundraising initiatives
  • In the communities in which we have worked we have been corporate sponsors of:
    • Trainee Awards
    • Playground construction
    • Local sports teams
    • Watch Groups
    • Musicians
    • Homes for the elderly
    • Local Enterprise Councils
  • We take a keen interest in environmental projects and have sponsored:
    • The Hawk & Owl Trust
    • London Wildlife Trust
    • Runnymede Ringers

Sustainability

As developers we have always recognised that our activities impact on the environment and the communities in which we work. We see this as a force for good, enabling us to influence and ensure the highest quality in the built environment. We are proud of our record for carrying out detailed consultation and careful master planning and of the awards that we have received, not only for our buildings but for landscaping and the environmental ratings of our projects. This goes to the heart of our business philosophy, principles and ethics.

Some examples of our award winning projects are:

Bedfont Lakes, near Heathrow was 250 acres of poorly restored gravel workings, designated as green belt, when it was acquired by The Rutland Group. After detailed consultation and careful master planning, to ensure the protection of natural wildlife and plant habitats, Rutland created 60 acres of prime development together with the largest public park laid out in London during the 20th century. The park subsequently won an outstanding achievement award from The Landscape Institute and became a Millennium Mark Site.

Clockhouse Place, a state-of-the-art 127,500 sq ft prominent head quarters facility which was sold within four weeks of practical completion to SAP, the world's third largest software company. Clockhouse Place was the winner of the Best Building in Britain Award, 1999.

Lakeshore, a 220,000 sq ft headquarters office complex on a 12.5 acre site, pre-sold to MEPC Plc, for whom Rutland Project Management completed the construction works. The building was pre-let to Cisco Systems and won a BREEAM Award for New Offices.

Friends of the Earth, who conducted due diligence on The Rutland Group by reviewing the Bedfont Lakes development was told by a senior local government officer:

"The Borough was thrilled with the outcome. One of the most toxic and difficult sites in the UK became a prestigious business park to class leading environmental standards, every environmental target in the development was exceeded and the parkland was created, endowed and delivered and has become very popular. In a  way Rutland over achieved; the parkland restoration was so successful that parts of it are now amongst the most valuable wildlife sites in London, with bitterns and richly diverse colonies of invertebrates and are now classified as nature reserves and are closed to the public."

Dunsfold Park, where The Rutland Group put forward a masterplanning proposal to create a new eco-village settlement which was both socially and environmentally sustainable, providing local people with access to new homes, new jobs, a 350-acre country park, new schools, shops and other community facilities. The mix of homes, jobs and neighbourhood resources was designed to provide the critical mass of population necessary to support and preserve under-used services in the wider local area – including the local school and hospital - whilst ensuring that the new settlement would be largely self-sufficient in order to minimise the need for car travel.

The environmentally driven masterplan included district heating and energy provided by an on-site CHP plant fuelled by locally sourced low-grade timber; on-site waste processing to convert unrecyclable waste into biofuel; an urban drainage system which would feed surface water run-off into landscaped water features which would link with the Wey and Arun Canal; car-user charging and provision for electric cars.

The scheme demonstrated that sustainable rural development need not necessarily be deemed a paradox and that we should not be blind to the potential of new rural communities to contribute to a sustainable future, nor to the crucial role which can be played by an inspired landowner in driving forward such an ambitious project.

The scheme was supported by both Friends of the Earth and the Town & Country Planning Association. Mike Smyth, speaking on behalf of Friends of the Earth said:

"I think it is unheard of for the concepts of an individual development to receive the support of Friends of the Earth and the TCPA nationally - this shows the importance of the proposed Dunsfold development."

He went on to describe the scheme as:

"An environmental exemplar, quite unique in the world so far in the scale and comprehensiveness of its vision and an essential pioneer to show how society can live well within the severe constraints of a low carbon world ... I would assert it is the most important development ever proposed. It grapples for the first time at a community level with the complexities and trade offs inherent in mitigating climate change ... This development is outstandingly good. It is common ground that it is an exemplar - but that is to understate its virtues. It is also a pioneer."

Despite being turned down at appeal, the masterplan for Dunsfold Park's proposed eco village was highly commended by the Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State on all environmental aspects. The Inspector indicated that he felt the scheme was premature in relation to the Local Development Framework (LDF) and recommended that it be taken forward and re-examined in the forthcoming LDF.

The scheme went on to win the prestigious Francis Tibbalds Prize, which recognises projects that make a significant contribution to urban design thought.

Emerging Technologies

Sustainability and the green agenda is a fundamental cornerstone on which The Rutland Group has built its business and its reputation. The company's ongoing focus on green technologies has led us to engage and work with some of the most innovative design and technology companies seeking to address the global environmental challenges that face the world and, in particular, the development industry today. Some of our projects include:

  • looking at 100% water harvesting and recycling through closed water systems
  • embracing maximum energy efficiency through building design
  • recycling and efficient on-site handling and conversion of waste into reusable bio-gas and fertilisers
  • At Dunsfold Park, working with Lightsource one of the largest solar energy developers in the UK, the Group has the distinction of operating the first business park in Surrey to be powered entirely by green energy. An array of 8,500 discreet, ground level solar panels have been installed in order to generate up to two megawatts of power which, during working hours, power the businesses on the industrial park. At weekends and times of high supply excess energy is fed back into the National Grid.
  • In association with Zytek, specialists in the production of engineering and road technologies, Rutland was one of the first companies to take part in the trial of Smart electric vehicles and these now form part of our corporate fleet

Our Chairman, the Earl of Liverpool, who first entered the House of Lords in 1969, is also an elected Hereditary Peer and he takes a keen political interest in and has spoken on:

  • the environment
  • renewables
  • green energy
  • transport
  • aviation

Our Chief Executive, Jim McAllister, has been invited to chair environmental conferences and has published papers on:

  • Intelligent Buildings
  • The Intelligent Workplace
  • The Workplace Forum
  • Transport and the Environment