We believe firmly that business has a key role to play in the community by blending wealth creation with social responsibility.
Wates Giving is a charitable programme that provides the means for the Wates family to make a positive impact by empowering social initiatives in the communities where the Wates Group works. We want Wates Giving to be a model example of how 21st century businesses can harness philanthropic resources for the benefit of our communities, and we are delighted that the many successes and achievements during 2016 further reinforce this ambition.
This year Wates Community Day marked its second decade and was once again strongly supported throughout the Wates Group. Thousands of Wates employees and our partners volunteered 6,400 hours to tackle community projects across the country. As well as time volunteered by employees, Wates Giving awarded a total of £40,000 to a range of local projects including transforming community centres, the renovation of scout huts, improving school facilities and getting stuck into local conservation tasks.
Through Wates Giving, the family owners of the Wates Group also back the charities our people support through the Wates Give As You Earn scheme. In 2015 Wates Giving added £16,368 to our five-year total of almost £140,000.
Andy Wates, Chairman