Sustainability | Wates

At the heart of our purpose is our approach to sustainability and our belief that business done well can be a force for a good.

Our focus on sustainability comprises four key priorities; buildings , communities, environment and people. Each of these areas addresses the issues which impact the most on our people, delivery partners, clients and customers.


Wates is BIM Level 2 accredited, supporting the Government’s – and our own – drive  towards improving construction standards and to looking for better ways to deliver buildings safely, sustainably, and to the highest quality. We also work with our customers to find innovative ways for them to operate their buildings more sustainability, providing access to an approved list of products which allow them to cut down on resources, saving energy and water.



Wates is committed to creating social value to help build healthier and more prosperous communities.

Through our award-winning community investment programmes, such as Building Futures, Build Yourself, and our commitment to supporting Social Enterprises, we are working to generate positive, long-term, economic, social, and environmental outcomes for some of the UK’s most deprived areas.

Through our charitable and public sector partnerships – and through the Wates Family Enterprise Trust – we support hundreds of causes to help ease poverty and loneliness, and which promote better living, health, education, and wellbeing.


Caring and protecting our world for future generations lies at the very heart of the Wates Group where Zero Harm is as much about how we care for our environment as we do our people.

We work with our stakeholders, clients and supply chain to develop solutions to reduce energy and eliminate waste; and we have bold ambitions to have zero waste, zero carbon operations by 2025 whilst positively enhancing nature.

We are partners of The Carbon Trust and support The Conservation Volunteers in its work to promote biodiversity and in developing greener, more sustainable, places.


As an Investors in People Gold accredited employer we take the professional and personal development of our people seriously. We are committed to creating a culture which invests in their professional development while ensuring that they are protected from harm, and their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing is supported.

We respect and celebrate people’s differences and we have embarked on a journey to develop a more diverse workforce and more inclusive workplace where everyone – regardless of background – is welcomed, included, and connected.

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