Scotland Awards 2016

Jane Wood, Managing Director of Business in the Community Scotland and Director of External Affairs, Business in the Community reflects on this year’s Scotland Award winners and looks forward to an exciting year ahead.

Jane Wood, Managing Director of Business in the Community ScotlandOnce again the quality of entries to our Scotland Responsible Business Awards is outstanding. We received some excellent applications and have heard some fantastic stories about responsible business practice across the country. Together we are making a real impact within communities. But there is much still to do.

When reflecting on the year since our last Awards were presented, there has been one consistent question in business, politics and in society: are we better to act together, or not?

Irrespective of constitutional and political arrangements, businesses continue to work across marketplaces and within communities. This won’t change.  Our agenda, bringing business and community together, remains relevant - but how we are doing that is changing.

In our 32-year history, many charities - and more recently social enterprises - have begun delivering superb programmes in communities. They have been joined by businesses with excellent programmes centred around responsible business.

Now we need to rethink the relationship between business, society and government. We need to pool our collective effort to make the significant changes which are required in our society.

That’s why at the 2016 Scotland Responsible Business Awards we announced SNAP-RB: (Scottish National Plan for Responsible Business) our plan to join business and government in a collective action, sharing our resources and intelligence to tackle significant social issues at root cause.

Let’s use our collective effort to change the landscape ensuring better business and a better society, for all.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all those who entered the 2016 Awards, our esteemed judges, our sponsors - Virgin Money, News Scotland, ScottishPower, Fujitsu, NB Gin and Glenmorangie - and, of course, our deserved winners.

The stories below are inspiring ones, which have made a real difference to people’s lives - I urge you to read them.

BITC Scotland Gala Dinner and Ceilidh 2016 Sponsors:  Virgin Money, News Scotland, ScottishPower, NB Gin, Glenmorangie

 

Business in the Community Scotland winner
Scotland Volunteering Team of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

Clydesdale Bank's dedicated team gave their skills, talent and enthusiasm and made an immediate difference to the charity they worked with, allowing the charity to focus on improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00
Categories: Volunteering
Business in the Community Scotland winner
Scotland Employee Volunteer of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

Backed by a hugely supportive employer, Douglas has a tireless appetite for getting stuck in to all sorts of projects, and in doing so has inspired others and made a real difference to communities.

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00
Categories: Volunteering
Business in the Community Scotland winner
Scotland Large Company of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

Business in the Community Scotland’s Large Company of the Year clearly demonstrated to the judges a diverse, well-rounded and practical approach to responsible business that is embedded in all of its day-to-day operations and tailored for the local communities in which it...

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00
Categories: Talent & Skills
Business in the Community Scotland winner
Scotland Environmental Leadership Award, Winner, 2016

A leader which seeks to inspire and influence policy makers locally and globally in developing sustainability across the construction industry and beyond, Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd proves that great design can go hand-in-hand with environmental sustainability.  

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00
Categories: Environment
Business in the Community Scotland winner
Scotland Volunteering Company of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

LifeScan Scotland is a committed builder of community partnerships with a focus on allowing employee volunteering without limitation of time. The company’s approach encourages every employee to volunteer, with akk the positives of benefiting both the local community and...

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00
Categories: Volunteering
Awards winner
Scotland Closing the Education Gap Award, Winner, 2016

Michelin has a multifaceted approach to employability that is centred around enhancing skills in the local community to create opportunities for all, raising aspirations and improving people’s quality of life.

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00
Business in the Community Scotland winner
Scotland SME of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

Rabbie's is an SME which continues to place environmental sustainability at the heart of its business, and which takes a holistic approach to responsible business; fostering partnerships with like-minded companies, seeking to influence others and spreading sustainable values...

Published: Tue, 2016-06-28 23:00

 

 

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