Social value | Wates
Over 2,000
people supported by pre-employment programmes
£6m
spent with social enterprises in 2020
9K
young people engaged with in 2020

At Wates we are driven by our purpose of working together to inspire better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow.

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES: Wates launches five-year social value strategy with Group-wide commitment to real Living Wage

Our social value strategy

The impact of our work on society

Delivering social value is intrinsic to our purpose and our goals of being a progressive and responsible employer. By considering social value in our business decisions, including the way we employ staff, engage with communities and buy products and services, we can cultivate a more sustainable and inclusive society, and demonstrate that business done well can be a force for good.

Our approach to social value is rooted in our belief that how we do business, is as important as what we do. Our programmes and activities are focused on creating work and training opportunities; building sustainable communities through employment, skills and awareness , and advocacy of trade with the social enterprise sector.

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Social value activities

DOWNLOAD OUR 2020 SOCIAL VALUE STRATEGY - CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

Wates has identified the following three strategic themes in its social value strategy to 2025, Creating Opportunities:   

  • Challenging inequality 
  • Inspiring and educating young people about careers in the built environment 
  • Supporting and scaling the social enterprise sector 
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The Social Partnership Portal

The Social Partnership Portal is an online portal to bring social suppliers and buyers together and maximise social value within construction projects across the industry.

We believe construction should have a social conscience not just by creating greener spaces but by making sure the things we buy, and the way we build creates opportunities and strengthens communities. By sourcing and engaging social suppliers on The Social Partnership Portal, buyers can
evidence their social and sustainability outcomes, boosting social value across communities.

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The Social Partnership Portal
"Wates Group is a longstanding champion of the Social Enterprise sector and has had an internal directory for many years. SPP presents an opportunity to share this more widely, continuing to partner with our sector in raising awareness about the valuable impact of embedding social value into procurement decisions. We are pleased to have supported SPP’s development and encourage the sector to make full use of this valuable resource."
Su Pickerill
Group Community Investment Manager

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