Fifteen leading responsible businesses in the UK and globally became Award Winners as part of the Responsible Business Awards 2015, with Fujitsu taking the top prize of Responsible Business of the Year.
Amongst the many issues tackled by our winning companies are the Ebola crisis, dementia, youth unemployment, mental health at work, labour conditions in global supply chains and turning waste into a resource.
"Fujitsu has been on a remarkable journey and achieved a huge amount in a relatively short time. Thanks to visible leadership, responsibility has been placed at the heart of everything the company does and I speak on behalf of all the judges when I say, we were truly impressed and inspired."
Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid (Chair of judges)
Winner - The International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the UK Department for International Development
"Ebola was such a major issue for the world, and it was far from clear how to deal with it. GSK went above and beyond the norm to respond to this crisis. GSK’s programme is a great example of what the private sector can do to support international disaster relief when it brings to bear all the skills, expertise and capabilities that it has to offer."
Dylan Winder, Head of Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships DFID (Chair of Judges).
"Lloyds has shown how, through an effective charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and simple changes to business practice, a real, long-lasting and sustained difference can be made to improve the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers. They have shown leadership in developing a sector-wide code of conduct and, with Alzheimer’s Society, have created a legacy in the form of resources for businesses, dementia sufferers and their carers."
Charlie Brown, Company Secretary, Experian (Chair of Judges)
Winner (small company) - The Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award
"Livin Housing are showing that when local companies focus their programmes on a single issue a huge positive impact can be achieved."
Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, Jaguar Land Rover (Chair of Judges).
Winner - The Schools Partnership Award
"Esh Group’s Building my Skills programme is an inspiring example of how a busines can work across its partners and supply chain to enable young people to gain access to a broad range of experiences within the workplace. All the judges agreed that the model that Esh has developed is something that any business thinking about working with a school could look at, learn from and roll out themselves."
Tulsi Naidu, Executive Director UK & Offshore, Prudential UK & Europe (Chair of Judges)
"Gloucester and Tebay services are genuine rural champions. The scale and the scope of their project is transformational, and the level of investment relative to the size of the business is remarkable. The focus on working with the local rural communities around the sites of Tebay and Gloucester services is making a significant difference to both the company and the community and much of what they do could be replicated by other businesses across a range of sectors."
Mary-Ann Kilby, Director, Samworth Brothers (Chair of judges)
"An inspiring, supportive inclusive carer’s policy which is forward and external looking, setting the benchmark for carers programmes to follow in an area which is so critical in the context of ageing population."
Helen Rosethorn, Founder and Consultant, It Takes People (Chair of judges)
"NATS clearly demonstrated that using data and insight can genuinely drive a measurable and meaningful increase in awareness in sustainability, behavioural change and reduced fuel consumption with noise reduction."
William Ostrom, Corporate Communications Director, Kingfisher (Chair of judges)
"A small business transforming the approach to ethical sourcing in the global supply chain, living and sharing these values which have now become their unique selling point."
Sharon Squire, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Santander (Chair of Judges)
"AllLife has created a remarkable sustainable business model from providing life insurance for those living with HIV. AllLife supports the client in healthy lifestyle choices, creating a virtuous circle; as both parties benefit from the extended life of the policy holder. AllLife has demonstrated how this can be done effectively for both the business and the policy holder which can be replicated in other geographies and for long term health conditions."
Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Unilever (Chair of Judges)
Winner (large company) - The Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award
"Barclays has achieved a staggering impact, not only the NEET young people they have employed but through the ‘Lifeskills’ programme they have encouraged other organisations to play their part too, collectively reaching vast numbers of young people."
Les Ratcliffe TD, Head of Community Relations Corporate Social Responsibility, Jaguar Land Rover (Chair of Judges)
Winner - The Freshfields Work Inclusion Award
"We were all blown away by this incredibly joined-up programme. It showed an organisation that had really challenged itself and was delivering real jobs for people facing real barriers to employment. We particularly admired the constructive way in which they engaged with their suppliers, partners and with local government, and the fact that management was willing to put heir remuneration on the line."
Philip Richards, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Chair of Judges).
Winner - The Asda Enterprise Growth Award
"The East of England Co-operative stood out because of their passion, uniqueness and engagement, which clearly runs through the business, to deliver strong and sustainable local communities from which the SME supply side is fully benefiting."
Allan Edwards, Senior Director Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Asda (Chair of Judges)
Winner - The Bupa Employee Wellbeing Award
"An extremely comprehensive programme which gives parity of mental health with physical health. Unilever is taking the agenda of mental wellbeing forward through a holistic approach which can be tailored to the particular needs of employees in different parts of the organisation, enabling the organisation to drive real business benefit and impressive ROI."
Patrick Watt, Corporate Director, Bupa UK (Chair of judges)
"What we were looking for was transformation rather than simply the evolution of business; Veolia demonstrated leadership, engagement of people and the building of collaborative partnerships to generate innovative streams of sustainable products and services across the business."
Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer (Chair of judges)
British Airways - supporting humanitarian efforts
By working with partners who are experts in the field, British Airways (BA) is able to use its capacity as an airline to get people and goods where they are needed during times of international disasters.
Electricity North West - Power Saver Challenge
Electricity North West's Power Saver Challenge encouraged customers to reduce their household energy consumption, helping families save money on their bills and making the company’s infrastructure upgrades more sustainable in the long term.
Sky - Better Products – product sustainability programme
Sky has improved the design of its products and services to make them more energy efficient and reduce its use of natural resources, saving money for the company and its customers and strengthening relationships in its supply chain.
Virgin Trains East Coast - Good Together
Virgin Trains East Coast has tackled low engagement levels and reduced sickness absence through its Good Together health and wellbeing programme, designed to empower staff to lead healthier lives, leading to improved customer service and increased commercial success.
Wates Group - Reshaping Tomorrow
By buying services, skills and goods from social enterprises, Wates Group is supporting communities, and has spent a total of £5 million in the social enterprise sector since 2010.
ISS UK Limited – ISS Youth Employability
ISS has developed a coherent five-stage strategy to inform, inspire, guide, recruit and develop young people, bringing them closer to the labour market and providing them with employability skills.