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Rating: Bronze

Wates has diverted 84 per cent of non-hazardous waste away from landfill since it launched its Target Zero waste reduction programme in 2006. The programme, which aims to significantly reduce waste to landfill by 2010, is recognised by WRAP and the two groups have been working together to devise a zero net waste measurement tool.

The company holds regular meetings with its suppliers to review the types of materials used during construction and explore more environmentally friendly products. It worked with Greenpeace to develop a policy which requires all timber to be sustainably sourced.

Wates ran workshops last year with environmental business consultancy PeopleProfitPlanet, to motivate staff to fight climate change.

It also runs a community development programme called Building Futures, which offers disadvantaged adults a two-week training course in the construction industry.

Staff: 2,200

Annual turnover: £1 billion

Highlights: More than 80 per cent of non hazardous waste diverted away from landfill

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