Willmott Dixon champions social responsibility in Construction industry

Willmott Dixon is leading the way for social responsibility in the construction industry by being one of the first businesses in Birmingham to adopt the City Council’s Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

The company’s repairs and maintenance division, Willmott Dixon Partnerships, is one of just 17 businesses to adopt the principles of the Charter, which sees that each signatory pledges to deliver social value to local communities through their contracts with Birmingham City Council.

Under its ‘Investing in Birmingham’ initiative, Willmott Dixon has trained 35 apprentices since 2008 and so far invested £1 million in their 4Life Academy, which has successfully provided training to 4,000 people in 2013. Willmott Dixon was officially recognised for its commitment to the Charter by the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, at an awards ceremony at the Council House.

The company will proudly continue to deliver its award winning work experience programme and apprenticeship scheme across its housing maintenance contracts with Birmingham City Council, creating valuable training opportunities for the local people. The company has also pledged to continue providing community projects of tangible value as outlined in its Transforming Communities report, leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the communities that it serves.

Willmott Dixon’s Operations Director Pauline Chatt said:

“We are proud to give our support to the Birmingham Business Charter of Social Responsibility. The principles of the Charter deeply reflect Willmott Dixon’s ethos of leaving a lasting legacy in the communities that we serve.

“We aim to tackle social exclusion by providing transferable industry skills through investments such as the Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy. Also our community projects work to provide support of a tangible value to local charities and organisations across Birmingham.”

Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement at Birmingham City Council, said:

“The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility is one way of ensuring that as much of the council’s £1billion spent on contracts as possible is used to get extra value for Brummies but it is also about setting out a new ‘way of doing business’ in our city as a whole.

“So, I am delighted that we are now at the stage where we can recognise the organisations like Wilmott Dixon that are setting a standard for ethical business practices for all other companies to aspire to, whether contractors or not.”

Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 60,000 properties in the city. Its two contracts for the north and south of the city includes the areas of Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield, Selly Oak, Ladywood, Erdington, Perry Barr and Sutton Coldfield.

Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies. With 161 years of experience, the Group provides services within the built environment to Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK. Willmott Dixon Partnerships works within the Group to deliver repair and maintenance services to over 170,000 homes.