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About 1,000 of the 1,730 Wates Group employees took part in voluntary or charitable activities last year. One of the firm's campaigns saw the distribution of reusable water bottles, shopping bags for life and low-energy light bulbs to demonstrate that every individual can help the world turn greener. Every Wates business unit has a sustainability champion and the firm has increased the amount of waste it diverts from landfill to 84%, from 45% in 2006. Staff believe the construction services group works hard to protect the environment (79%, and a top 15 score nationally).
Wates Giving, the company's charitable arm, invests about £1m annually to support grassroots projects that include redeveloping community centres and stopping antisocial behaviour. About 2.5% of pre-tax profit goes to charity and Wates matches employee fundraising by up to £250. Staff say profit and budget concerns aren't the only factors driving the company (61%), they believe it is making a positive difference to the world (68%) and is run on strong
Unemployment affects many of the communities in which Wates works, and its Building Futures course has helped more than 200 people find work or go on to higher education. The company supports 40 apprentices annually and helps fund 40 Prince's Trust Get into Construction programmes each year. Employees agree the firm puts a lot back into the community (a 71% positive score) and are proud to work for it (79%).
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Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours
On-site nursery or vouchers
Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme
40% of employees with more than 5 years' service
At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay
Full family cover
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