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Verification and accreditation

We have robust systems in place to challenge and drive our performance, and make sure that what we report is honest and accurate

Independent verification

We have commissioned Bureau Veritas UK to verify our sustainability performance against our Key Performance Indicators. Read our 2017 Bureau Veritas statement here.

Considerate Constructors Scheme

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We are Partner members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and register all our eligible sites. Contractors signing up to the scheme agree to abide by its voluntary Code of Considerate Practice, which covers site appearance, community engagement, safety, care for the environment and care for the workforce.

Our 2017 average Considerate Construction Scheme score across all projects was 41.26 out of 50 – 14% higher than industry average.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Score – average marks out of 50 across all projects

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Willmott Dixon Considerate Constructors average

38.71 39.87 40.29 40.58 41.26

Industry Considerate Constructors average

35.16 35.51 35.59 36.00 36.12

Carbon Trust Standard

We are one of the only contractors to hold The Carbon Trust Standard. Companies which achieve the Standard must demonstrate year-on-year reductions in carbon emissions over a three year period.

Carbon Trust Supply Chain Standard

We are also pioneering The Carbon Trust’s new Supply Chain Standard – the world’s only accreditation for companies managing emissions from their supply chain. We are one of only seven companies, and the only company in our sector to hold this certification.

Investors in People

Both our Construction and Interiors businesses hold Investors in People ‘Gold’ awards. The lead IIP assessor who visited our local offices to interview our people said that “If I wanted to show someone what the very best IIP organisation looks like, I would take them to Willmott Dixon…”

Project sustainability

To support our Sustainable Development Strategy, each construction project has its own 10 Point Sustainability Plan. The plan sets project-level goals and targets, which are widely considered to be among the most challenging in the industry. Projects starting before 2017 were expected to achieve at least six of the plan’s ten points. From 2017, projects are expected to achieve at least seven points, and at the same time, we set new, harder targets for our projects. In 2017 73% of our projects achieved 7/10 points. Further analysis and discussions are now underway, to help us understand what we can do to improve in 2018.

Average 10 Point Plan score across all projects, out of 10

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
4.8 4.7 5.9 6.9 6.5

Calculating the value of our contribution to society

In order to better understand the value of the contribution our company makes to society, we adapted the Crown Estate’s Total Contribution methodology. By doing so, we were able to demonstrate that the annual net value of our societal contribution is approximately £150m, making us almost Net Neutral.

We are a Disability Confident Employer


Following our completion of a disability self-assessment, we are now an approved Disability Confident employer, and are able to use the badge on our communications. The Disability Confident logo replaces the ‘two ticks’ logo that we used to display.

We continue to be a member of the Business Disability Forum.

RICS inclusive employer


We have signed up to the RICS inclusive employer scheme. This means that we have committed to drive behaviour change, and to look carefully at our employment practices, to ensure that we place inclusivity at the heart of what we do.