Winners of the 2019 Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards announced

  • ​Boots UK scoops top prize as Responsible Business of the Year
  • 12 companies won awards at the 2019 Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards
  • Four new Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassadors announced

This year’s Gala was in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, Responsible Business of the Year 2018 and was co-hosted by Gigi Morley, television and radio broadcaster, and Oli Barratt MBE, host of Business in the Community’s podcast, the Lens. The event was the culmination of the 2019 Responsible Business in Action campaign, run by Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network - to celebrate the innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are making a sustained difference and transforming communities.
 
With mental health as the theme for this year’s Gala, outgoing Responsible Business of the Year, Lloyds Banking Group, spoke on behalf of the Business in the Community Wellbeing Leadership team and called on businesses to address the challenge of growing  numbers of employees who say work contributes to their mental health issues. Yomi Sode, a spoken word artist, poet, MC and one of three writers awarded this year’s Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, performed two poems about mental health live on stage.
 
Boots UK was announced as the 2019 Responsible Business of the Year for looking beyond their position as a health and beauty retailer by making a real impact in widening access to primary healthcare in the UK. Among many achievements, they have formed a 10-year partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, creating more than 2000 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists and more than 800 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors, both of which provided more than 136,500 conversations/consultations last year. Additionally, over 25,000 Boots UK colleagues have become Dementia Friends, with at least one in every store. They provide in-store and online support to create multi-sensory memory boxes to help stimulate conversations, improve mood and break down barriers. 
 
Other winners included Timpson, who won the Unipart Outstanding Employment Award for its commitment to give jobs to marginalised groups and help cut re-offending rates. They offer in-prison training academies, work experience for ex-offenders and for inmates on release on temporary licence and an apprenticeship scheme. 
 
The small business Unipart Outstanding Employment Award was won by NEMI Teas who employ refugees to run tea stalls across London food markets festivals, events and conferences allowing them to boost their English skills, gain confidence and work on skills required to enter the UK job market.  The scheme has enabled 12 out of 18 refugees to go on to secure part-time and full-time jobs.
 
The Fujitsu Digital Innovation Award was won by ENGIE who have helped thousands of customers reduce energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions as a result of their investment in digitalisation and the provision of smart sensors to customers.
 
Unilever was named as winner of the Barclays Developing Resilience Award for their partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy where they have developed a programme to provide business continuity training to micro, small and medium-sized companies in the Philippines.  Over a thousand business owners in the Philippines have been trained to build resilience and protect the supply chain.
 
Alongside the awards, four new Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassadors were announced at the Gala.  They are

  • Christopher Gray, managing director, Accenture
  • John Healy, managing director and vice president, Allstate NI
  • Tim Hill, partner, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Richard Walker, managing director, Iceland Foods

The Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassadors are chosen for their leadership in transforming their own businesses and empowering other organisations to take action.  In their role, they promote the responsible business agenda in their country or region, engaging the local business community around key social issues.
 
Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive at Business in the Community, said:
“Huge congratulations to all the winners on their success in this year’s Responsible Business Awards. The winners of our 2019 awards include organisations from every sector and field, but they all have one thing in common: the determination and ambition to keep pushing the responsible business agenda through action.
 
“All our award winners understand that the only way to bring about change is do something about it not just talk about it. From Boots UK supporting those living with cancer through their partnership with Macmillan, to ENGIE helping thousands of customers reduce energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions, all our award winners are putting responsible business practices at the core of their organisations and are helping our mission to make the UK the world leader at responsible business.”
 
A full list of the Responsible Business Awards 2019 winners is available via: https://www.bitc.org.uk/awards-events/awards2019
 
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For more information about Business in the Community or the Responsible Business Awards winners contact Cathy Beveridge, T: 020 7566 6634 | M: 07776181945 | E: cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk
 
Notes to editor
The full list of 2019 Responsible Business Awards Winners:
 
Responsible Business of the Year
Boots UK
The Age Friendly Teams Award
Department for Work and Pensions
The Barclays Developing Resilience Award
Unilever
The Connected Places Award
Barkers & Bolton Family
The Education Partnership Award
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd
The Environmental Sustainability Award
Morrisons
The Fujitsu Digital Innovation Award
ENGIE
The Gender Equality Award
Deloitte
The Bupa Health and Wellbeing Award
Anglian Water
The Race Equality Award
Royal Academy of Engineering
The Unipart Outstanding Employment Award
Timpson
NEMI Teas
 
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network. www.bitc.org.uk

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