Leading construction and property services firm and long-time Community Wood Recycling partner Wates Group has cemented its position as one of the country’s leading supporters of the Social Enterprise sector, reaching a landmark spending target of £20m spent through social enterprises in its supply chain, a goal set four years ago.
In the same week, Wates Group was a finalist in the national ‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder Award at the Social Enterprise Awards, recognising its efforts to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.
“We are proud to have achieved the £20m target ahead of schedule and for being recognised for our support to the Social Enterprise sector. When we first committed ourselves to the sector, we did so because we passionately believe that business can be a force for good, and nowhere is this more evident than social enterprises. For every pound we spend with a social enterprise we generate around £1.77 of social impact – through delivering additional benefits to society such as access to employment, or training, and we can be confident that we are leaving a positive legacy for the communities we work in.”
Su Pickerill, Wates Group Community Investment Manager