We've been awarded 5 stars in Responsible Business Index

We are pleased to announce that we have been rated as one of the UK’s most responsible businesses in Business in the Community’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index).

The CR Index helps businesses to assess how successfully they are integrating responsible business practice into their operations by assessing factors ranging from a company’s culture and values to its environmental impact and transparency over pay policies.  

We have scored 100% for the second consecutive year, retaining their 5 star rating. They are the only housing provider and North-East Business to achieve a 5 star rating.

Commenting, John Craggs, Gentoo Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said: “We are thrilled to achieve a 5 star rating for the second year running, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the responsible business agenda. Being a responsible business starts with your staff, and we couldn’t be more proud of the difference they have made.

“Our work is focused around delivering a first class service to our customers and our success can be measured by the legacy we leave for future generations and the positive impact we have on society. We will continue to work with other businesses and our supply chain to share best practice as proud ambassadors of the responsible business agenda.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “Genuine responsible business starts in the engine room of companies. It’s about how companies translate their values into behaviour and decision making, create the right culture and drive societal and economic value in the process. The CR Index helps companies take an in-depth look at their business from the inside out and it’s encouraging to see companies increasingly integrated responsible business into business at all levels. This year’s Index also reinforces the opportunity companies have to think much longer term to address pressing issues such as climate change. I congratulate Gentoo for achieving its ranking and look forward to working together to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”

For further information about the 2016 CR Index including the full list of participating companies, please visit