The origins of Forterra can be traced back over 150 years, and we therefore have more reason than most to ensure that we leave a strong sustainability legacy for generations to come. We have demonstrated strong progress on sustainability over the last decade; starting under the custody of our previous owners, and gaining pace further since IPO. In this period we have materially reduced our carbon intensity and mains water usage, and virtually eliminated the sending of waste to landfill.

Material themes and future targets

2020 marked the end of the latest step in our journey to reduce our environmental impact and presented the natural opportunity to set new challenging targets, embedding them in our strategy.

In creating these new challenging targets we have performed a materiality assessment categorising topics that are material to our business into 3 key areas, whilst also considering the most appropriate metrics and targets necessary for users to understand the impacts of our business:

  • The Planet pillar frames our wider environmental responsibilities, with a particular focus upon greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Product pillar focuses upon some more specific industry and Company level topics, including new product development, and the wider supply chain.
  • The People pillar highlights our social responsibility objectives, including utmost priority of ensuring health, safety and wellbeing across our business.


CO2 intensity targets 2019-2030):
– 33% reduction within clay products
– 80% reduction within concrete products

Zero waste
to landfill

10% of electricity
use generated from
onsite renewable
sources by 2025

Climate change
risk disclosure
following recommendations

Material topics in this area

Climate Change Adaption

Air quality

Energy Management

Greenhouse gas emissions

Waste Management

Water management


  • Environment
  • Social
  • Governance


10% of revenue
from new and
products by 2025

Commitment to working with our suppliers
to ensure they also adopt stretching
reduction targets in line
with our own ambitions

Plastic packaging reduction of 50%
by 2025 (from
2019 baseline)

Material topics in this area

Product lifecycle: environmental impacts

plastic packaging

Pricing integrity and transparency

ethical and sustainable procurement

  • Environment
  • Social
  • Governance


Zero harm ambition
for health and safety

5% of employees in
“earn and learn”
positions by 2025

Annually conduct
and publish employee engagement surveys

Improved ethnic and gender diversity

Material topics in this area



  • Environment
  • Social
  • Governance