Cleone Foods is a small food manufacturer at the heart of one of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods in Birmingham.
The business combines a traditional Caribbean business ethos with a modern responsible business approach. Literacy, numeracy and IT training is provided for each staff member and it supports its workers with interest fee loans and flexible working patterns for parents. As a result, Cleone maintains an impressive 97% retention rate amongst its locally employed workforce.
Boots UK provides young people with work experience and inspiration for the future, involving over 5,000 young people in the last three years. 15 work experience placements are specifically targeted for disadvantaged young people within the care system in Nottingham and 16-24 year olds Not in Education, Employment and Training.
Henry Orchard and Sons, a scrap processing merchant based in Cornwall, is leading the way in addressing the metal crime theft that is plaguing the industry as well as striving to minimise their environmental impact and helping others to do the same.
To support the 25% growth in train services run by ScotRail since 2004 they have had to increase their workforce by the same percentage.
So to ensure both new and existing staff deliver the excellent levels of service which their customers demand ScotRail has identified key goals to shape a skills and training strategy, improving customer satisfaction, attracting talent and encouraging ambition.
Artbeat uses art-based workshops to bring together students and teachers from Bethnal Green Academy, with Allen & Overy volunteers and clients, local universities and professional artists, resulting with Allen & Overy being closer to its community.
Marks and Spencer - Responsible Business of the Year 2012
Marks & Spencer’s Plan A combines performance improvement with cultural change in a comprehensive and inspirational long term vision to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. True integration is seen in performance metrics linking commercial success to sustainability throughout the business. Stakeholder engagement is extensive and ongoing and last year Plan A generated £70m net financial benefit. To date, 105 of the 180 Plan A Commitments have been achieved.
Harper Adams University College, Anaerobic Digester
Harper Adams’ Anaerobic Digester generates heat, power and biofertiliser from food and farm waste. As a demonstration facility, it enables farmers and other businesses engaged in the agri-food chain to learn how renewable energy technology can benefit business. Furthermore, the project is expected to help Harper Adams offset its own Type 1 carbon emissions more than 3 times over, a significant benefit to the environment.
Responsible Business of the Year - Highly Commended 2012
As one of the world’s largest mining companies Anglo American faces considerable sustainability challenges. The company aims to be the partner, investor and employer of choice by ensuring the safety of its employees, the health of its communities and the prosperity of the planet.
70% of water consumed is now recycled, they run the largest free workplace HIV treatment programme in the world and support SMEs around its sites, employing over 40,000 people.
Lloyds Banking Group Money for Life - Highly Commended 2012
Through Money for Life, Lloyds Banking Group and the leading Further Education and adult learning organisations in the four UK nations delivered 1400 free training places on financial education courses for teachers and community workers. This in turn has enabled delivery of financial education sessions to over 10,000 learners in the programme's first year.
Supporting and developing employees is critical to the success of Morrisons. Last year they supported 100,000 colleagues with training and a qualification and established themselves as one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the UK.
United Utilities: Driving sustainability across the Supply Chain
United Utilities has developed a thorough and comprehensive approach to responsible supply management. A wide-ranging package of training and tools has been provided to help buyers systematically integrate sustainability into everyday decision-making, whilst ongoing support and incentives for suppliers have helped them to up their game. In addition, collaborative action and bespoke projects with suppliers and other partners have enabled the company to drive change in the key areas of carbon, energy and waste.
Citi, Scaling Microfinance to Achieve Financial Inclusion - Winner 2012
International Award - Large Business Winner 2012
As a cornerstone example of its long-standing commitment to expand financial inclusion, Citi has formed a successful partnership with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Under this partnership launched in 2006, Citi and OPIC have funded 29 microfinance institutions in 16 countries, directly reaching more than 330,000 local micro-entrepreneurs through small loans, approximately 84% of whom are women.
Northumbrian Water Group, Wellbeing in Water - Winner 2012
A third of Northumbrian Water‘s workforce are over 50 years old, and 70% are male. With a conviction that a healthy workforce delivers higher customer service, Northumbrian Water focussed on its two biggest causes of sickness absence; musculoskeletal disorders and stress/mental health, which were directly costing the business over £1 million pa.
Its workwell programme (NWLSupport) was developed to prevent problems and address current ones before they escalated further, and is available to all, regardless of the cause of the problem or whether they were off work.
EDF Energy has analysed its whole business in order to define its main environmental impacts. It has reduced its transport emissions by 38%, and is on the way to reaching its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions from commercial buildings by 30% by the end of 2012.