“Having suppliers who understand the sustainability agenda is essential: we cannot deliver our sustainable development targets and ambitions without them. Since the school opened in 2012, we have seen a remarkable increase in the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm of our supply chain.”
Julia Barrett - Director, Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking
About Willmott Dixon
Founded in 1852, Willmott Dixon is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned contracting, residential development and property support companies. Rick Willmott is the fifth generation of the family to lead the company. Our values focus on the importance of people, relationships, communities and the environment. Our vision is to build on our history and reputation by undertaking our activities in a sustainable and responsible manner and contributing to society as a whole.
Why our involvement?
Willmott Dixon spends around £3.2m a day on goods, works and services. Our reputation is inextricably linked to our suppliers, so it is important to us that our supply chain has the knowledge and expertise to help us deliver on our sustainable development ambitions and targets.
At any one moment we have around 10,000 supply chain members working on our projects. Our ultimate aim, for all those who carry out work on behalf of our company, is that sustainability becomes simply part of the way they do things. This requires a significant culture change within the industry.
Behavioural changes starts with people and connections. So we strongly recommend the Supply Chain Sustainability School to all our suppliers because it provides a fantastic platform for networking and sharing knowledge, and helps them to realise the opportunities that sustainable development presents them, as well as the challenges.
The benefits for supply chain
Our supply chain has really embraced the principles of the school. They have a clearer understanding of the industry’s challenges and their clients’ drivers. We are starting to see real innovation. As a result of their involvement with the school, suppliers are realising business benefits: winning more work, reducing costs and improving competitiveness.
The benefits for the industry
We are facing some huge challenges: climate change, resource scarcity, changing legislation. Construction 2025, the Government’s strategy for our industry, has set us some truly tough targets. New technologies and changing practices can help us, but keeping on top of these presents an additional burden on already busy people. The Supply Chain Sustainability School is helping us to meet these challenges, by helping us to work together as an industry, to share best practice, develop innovative technologies and work more efficiently together.