We want to strengthen the well-being of society and each year invest over £2 million in projects to enhance local communities, with over 55,000 hours of our people’s time devoted to helping others in 2016.
Find our more on our approach below:
We also care about our environmental footprint and have been carbon neutral since 2012 – and are committed to reduce emissions by half by 2020 compared to 2010. We were the UK's first carbon neutral construction company and are proud to build responsibly to the highest sustainable standards.
Download our full reports:
Willmott Dixon Foundation Annual Review 2017
Sustainable Development Review 2017
Read or download our previous years Sustainability Reviews here.
Over the past five years, we've cut our 2010 levels of carbon emission intensity by 42% and are also the only British construction company to use renewably generated electricity on construction sites as standard.
Julia Barrett, director of Re-Thinking, our in-house sustainability team, “We have a responsibility to the planet. Being a family-owned company – for me this is at the core of it – we are driven by our values, first and foremost.”
To maintain our carbon neutral status, we buy one carbon credit per tonne of CO2 emitted, and that money is then invested in overseas projects to reduce CO2 emissions elsewhere. The projects we invest in to achieve and maintain carbon neutrality are carefully selected to be compatible with our emphasis on creating social value, such as a project in Uganda that is helping to replace wood-burning stoves, used all over the country to cook and boil water, with more efficient versions.
However, cutting our emissions is key. “Our aim is to reduce our carbon footprint – we want to decouple those emissions from our business growth,” says Julia. In 2010, we pledged to reduce carbon emission intensity – the amount of CO2 emitted, divided by the company’s turnover – by 15% before the end of 2015. “We achieved nearer 30%,” says Julia. “So in 2015 we extended our target to a 50% reduction on 2010 levels by 2020. By the end of 2016 we had already achieved 42% - we are right on track.”