BITC’s Responsible Business Awards open for entries

HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on Yorkshire and Humber businesses to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues as the 2016 Responsible Business Awards open for entries today.

The most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad will identify and celebrate inspiring examples of businesses making a difference by creating stronger communities, building more inclusive workplaces and tackling societal and environmental challenges.

Now in its 19th year, the awards are open to companies of all sizes – from SMEs to multi-national companies – and across all sectors. It represents the breadth of the growing responsible business movement with categories appealing to a wide range of positive business activities, from investing in the wellbeing of employees, helping young people develop skills for the future, stimulating a local economy to using natural resources more sustainably.

Last year ten businesses across the  Yorkshire and Humber region were recognised through the Responsible Business Awards including Yorkshire Water, WDH and ITV.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said “The Responsible Business Awards are so powerful because they provide tangible, practical examples of how businesses are making a difference every day to the pressing local and global challenges affecting us all.

The awards reward those actions which both drive change in our communities, and deliver real benefit to business in the process. By lifting up those that genuinely inspire, we show that businesses are very much part of the solution to building a fairer and more sustainable future. We encourage Yorkshire and Humber firms to get involved.”

Business in the Community is also running a series of free workshops across the UK for companies to find out more about the awards. A Yorkshire and Humber awards workshop is taking place in Leeds on 8 December 2015, with a case study from Esh Group, a winner this year.  Book a free place at or contact for more details.

The closing date for entries is 12 February 2016. For further information about the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, including the full list of categories, the assessment criteria and application forms visit


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