Six Yorkshire and Humber companies have reached the national finals of the Responsible Business Awards for making a difference to their communities and workplaces.
A further eight organisations have also received shortlisting accolades at the awards spearheaded by Business in the Community (BITC) which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Prince Charles’ presidency.
At the packed event at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel, finalists Asda, ITV, WDH, Esh Group and Morrisons were celebrated for their work within communities, schools, work inclusion, rural action and inspiring young talent. Yorkshire Water was also named in the line-up as a finalist for Responsible Business of the Year.
Shortlisted firms Marshalls, Asda, Linbrooke Services, NG Bailey, Yorkshire Water, Zenith, DFS Trading and WDH were acknowledged for global development and sustainability activities, developing young talent in schools and supporting people from disadvantaged groups into employment.
The six finalists will go on to present their programmes to senior business professionals with the overall winners announced in London at BITC’s Responsible Business Annual Gala Dinner hosted in partnership with 2014 Responsible Business of the Year winner National Grid, on 7 July 2015.
A further nine organisations – British Land, Morrisons, Pinsent Masons LLP, Asda, Centre for Partnership, Vista, Drax Group plc, Keepmoat and JN Bentley received reaccreditations for demonstrating continual positive impacts through a programme initially awarded in 2013 or 2014.
TD Direct Investing, Yorkshire Bank and Irwin Mitchell were also recognised for their employee volunteering work and Michelle Harris, Assistant Headteacher at Lawnswood School in Leeds, was named as Community Champion.
Speaking via a video message at the dinner, HRH The Prince of Wales, who is President of BITC, said: “The Responsible Business Awards are always such a personal highlight for me each year, because they provide an important opportunity to celebrate business at its best and to showcase practical examples of how it is helping to build a more harmonious society and a more sustainable future.
“These awards are therefore vital as a way of inspiring other businesses to follow this lead.”
Liz Needleman, Area Director England East, BITC, said: “The annual Responsible Business Awards celebrate those companies making a difference in communities, schools and within their own organisations.
“Many have created their own fantastic initiatives which have a positive impact on the employees who deliver them, and the people or project they are helping.”