The Willmott Dixon Foundation

Using our size and scale to improve society's well-being

We want to positively contribute to society's long-term well-being!

The Willmott Dixon Foundation is our vehicle to add social value in our communities. It defines and measures our impact in contributing to wider society beyond our day-to-day activities. We help communities thrive using our skills, experience and know-how to make a tangible difference.

Read our Foundation review 2017 here.

The difference we make

Group Chief Executive Rick Willmott:

“We have a purpose beyond profit. Creating value for our communities is something we passionately believe in, and we strive to constantly find new ways to improve social mobility in communities local to our projects and contracts. As a privately-owned company, being a positive force to deliver social cohesion and provide life-long opportunities for people is important for Willmott Dixon, especially for myself as the fifth generation to lead the company. I am proud of the difference we make through the fantastic efforts of our people.”

We invest £2.5m but we know that the real value is in the impact of our community investment activities on individual activities on individual and communities. See and download our The difference we are making poster here.

Watch our '10,000 young lives improved by 2020' video here.

In 2016, 74% of you took part in community activities, contributing to our fantastic achievements. Other activities carried out in 2016:

  • Providing over 950 work experience opportunities
  • Holding one-to-one individual discussion sessions with 630 young people
  • Attending 96 school and college careers events visited by over 11,000 young people
  • Visiting over 100 schools and other organisations and talking to nearly 8,000 people
  • Supporting 198 Community development and other local events providing support to over 11,500 people
  • Taking part in 199 fundraising events for charities and good causes

The volume and impact of the activities delivered have greatly increased from last year, suggesting that we are getting better at delivering social value, and being more efficient with our resources as a result. Our approach to adding social value is becoming increasingly recognised by our customers - feedback from one was "the social value submission made by Willmott Dixon was the single differentiator which secured the project.

Our achievements earned Business in the Community’s prestigious CommunityMark and as a leader in the field of social value, we contribute to forums that shape Government policy and strategy (we were recently mentioned as an example of good practice in government’s Review of the Social Value Act).

Social and community investment and engagement is locked into our corporate DNA! The Foundation allows us to focus the impact of the time and money to helping achieve improvements to society's well-being.

Social Value

Read our publication on social value here. Adding social value is something we believe passionately in we regularly take part in forums and round-table events on the subject. This publication captures some of our contributions to these debates, drawing on examples from our company's activities.