During construction, communities are our neighbours. Afterwards, they are the end users of the buildings we construct. Our work remains part of the fabric of where they live, long after we have left the site.
Connections between our maintenance teams and their local areas are particularly strong because many of the people we employ come from, and live within, the local communities we serve. We engage with local people because we want to be good neighbours. But our ambitions go beyond that. We look beyond our immediate activities to see how we can add value to the communities in which we operate. And we have established our Willmott Dixon Foundation to make sure that the communities that we work with get maximum benefit from what we do.
In 2013, as part of our sustainable development strategy, we set ourselves the target of ‘enhancing the life chances of 3000 young people by 2015’, which we exceeded by 14%. We have now extended our target to 10,000 by 2020. We are one of the first companies in our sector to set community target based not on outputs such as money spent, apprentices employed or hours donated, but on the difference we are making on people’s lives.