South East businesses showcase best practice in Responsible Business

Leading businesses from across the South East showcased the stories behind their award success at two evening ceremonies in Oxford and Havant.

“I am delighted to have awarded a number of Big Ticks and Local Impact Awards - our widely acknowledged endorsement of responsible business - to companies, big and small in the South East. These companies are committed to acting responsibly and understand how this is increasingly essential to their ongoing success.

- David Williams,
Area Director South, Business in the Community
Tuesday 10 June saw 70 business leaders from across the Thames Valley inspired by the work of some of the region’s most responsible businesses. Hosted by Unipart Group, the evening provided guests with an opportunity to learn more about the stories behind our 2014 Big Tick Achievers and Local Impact Award Winners.

Following light refreshments, networking and the award presentation, a lively Q&A panel discussion allowed delegates to learn about the programmes which had received a Big Tick. There were questions on a diverse mix of subjects, from how to engage customers and employees on the sustainability agenda to what winning a Big Tick means to an organisation, all directed to a panel including representatives from Waitrose, 3M UK, Telefonica O2, Thames Water and Unipart Group.

The evening closed with the announcement of Business in the Community’s new regional HRH business ambassador. Frank Nigriello, Director of Corporate Affairs at Unipart Group was presented with the award in recognition of his leadership, which has both transformed his own business and inspired other organisations to take action.

The event was followed on Thursday 12 June by the Solent Responsible Business Awards Showcase. The showcase opened with a networking and drinks reception in the courtyard at Langstone Technology Park, accompanied by an acoutistc performance by Murray Hughes, a PGCE student from Brighton on placement with Chichester College. 

Following a lively Q&A debate which featured representatives from Bouygues UK, Lettuce Flowers, Fujitsu, NATS and The Southern Co-operative, guests were able to hear firsthand about the experiences of Business in the Community’s Southampton Business Connector Anne Wilson, currently on secondment from Waitrose. Anne shared how being a connector provides individuals with a different perspective to local issues and how these learnigns can be shared with the business.

Highlighting the need for responsible leaders of the future, Patrick Mallon, Field Director, Business in the Community discussed BITC’s recent report: ‘Taking it Personally’ a BITC Leadership Task Force report . This led to the announcement of Liz Boynton, Senior Corporate Responsibility Officer at Bouygues UK as the recipient of the 2014 Sieff Future Leader Award.  

Professor Alan Murray, Professor of Responsible Management at the University of Winchester closed the evening with an insight to the Princples for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and current trends in student employability.

Business in the Community would like to congratulate its 2014 Big Tick achievers and Local Impact Award winners from across the South East.

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