Responsible Business Awards 2020

This page contains information on Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards in England and Scotland. Visit the Wales Responsible Business Awards 2020 page for information about Business in the Community Cymru’s Awards.
Applications for the Responsible Business Awards 2020 are now open.
Closing date for applications is Friday 21 February 2020, 17:00.

The Responsible Business Awards are Business in the Community’s (BITC) annual recognition celebration which celebrates businesses that are making a significant impact in eight responsible business areas, plus our flagship Responsible Business of the Year 2020 Award.

Find out who won at the Responsible Business Awards in 2019.

Free to enter, the awards are open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are BITC members. Hundreds of influential leaders and c-suite executives celebrate the winners, making the Responsible Business Awards an exclusive networking opportunity.

Winners will be announced at a celebration event in London in summer 2020. This event will have a new format with increased network opportunities to allow organisations to share ideas, make new connections and enjoy great new content from BITC. To stay up to date with details of this event please join our Responsible Business Awards mailing list.

Awards categories

Further details on awards categories

Responsible Business of the Year

The winner of the prestigious Responsible Business of the Year 2020 Award will be selected from companies who have signed up to Business in the Communities (BITC’s) Responsible Business Tracker®. The Tracker is open to members and non-members of BITC. A shortlist of these companies will be selected and asked to present to the BITC Board of Trustee Directors. The Responsible Business of the Year will be announced at our summer 2020 celebration event in London. To stay up to date with details of this event please join our Responsible Business Awards mailing list.

Read why Boots won Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year 2019.

Age Friendly Employer Award

This award recognises businesses that are demonstrating a strong commitment to an aging workforce. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Responding to the opportunities and challenges involved in an ageing workforce. 
  • Creating workplaces where people of all ages can thrive.

Read why DWP won Business in the Community’s Age Friendly Team Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the Age Friendly Employer Award 2020.

Connected Places Award

This award recognises businesses that address long-term social, economic and environmental needs of communities that are important to them. These businesses work collaboratively with other organisations across the public, private and social sectors. Successful entrants will be able to demonstrate that their business is having an impact in the following areas: 

  • Increasing collaboration with multiple business partners that play an active part in the social, economic and/or environmental regeneration of local communities. 
  • Co-designing long-term responses to local challenges that have a lasting, positive impact. 

Read why Barkers & Bolton Family won Business in the Community’s Connected Places Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the Barclays Connected Places Award 2020.

Bupa Health and Wellbeing Award

This award recognises businesses that embed health and wellbeing into their culture, creating good work that enhances the wellbeing of everyone. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Creating psychologically safe work environments where people can function to the best of their ability  
  • Positioning health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues  
  • Demonstrating leadership behaviours that enable an inclusive culture by embedding wellbeing into management accountability, operations and tools 
  • Establishing accountability and transparency by publicly reporting on wellbeing performance (for example, in annual or sustainability reports or on your website). 

Read why Anglian Water won Business in the Community’s Bupa Health and Wellbeing Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the Bupa Health and Wellbeing Award 2020.

Education Partnerships Award

This award recognises exceptional examples of business and/or education partnerships that address educational inequality. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Working in partnership with schools and/or other partners to ensure that disadvantaged young people build the skills, confidence and networks needed to thrive in future work 
  • Collaborating with education partners to guarantee that young people have the knowledge they need to succeed, with focus on tackling the attainment gap for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Read why A.F. Blakemore & Son won Business in the Community’s Education Partnerships Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the Education Partnerships Award 2020.

Gender Equality Award

This winner is drawn from the entries to The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, which recognises businesses that enable women to reach their full potential in the workforce. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Increasing representation of women at a senior level. 
  • Embedding an inclusive culture where women are empowered to succeed and perform to their potential. 

Read why Deloitte won Business in the Community’s Gender Equality Award 2019.

Entry to The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2020 has now closed. Join our mailing list to stay up to date with The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Race Equality Award

This award recognises businesses which have inclusive workplaces that reflect the rich diversity of talent in the UK. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Increasing the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in leadership and at executive level, as well as the number of senior champions and executive sponsors for race at senior levels 
  • Improving diverse representation of BAME people at management levels and the progression of BAME employees in the workplace 
  • Ensuring all recruitment processes are free from discrimination, racial bias and attract diverse talent. 

Read why Royal Academy of Engineering won Business in the Community’s Race Equality Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the Race Equality Award 2020.

Unipart Outstanding Employment Award

This award recognises businesses that are removing barriers to work and helping people to thrive in their professions and careers. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Overcoming barriers to employment for multiple groups, for example ex-offenders, refugees, ex-military personnel, homeless people, and young disadvantaged people (at least two groups). 
  • Creating talent pipelines for people who face barriers to employment. 
  • Offering good jobs that are secure, pay fairly, and offer opportunities for development and progression. 

Read why Timpson Group won Business in the Community’s Unipart Outstanding Employment Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the Unipart Outstanding Employment Award 2020.

UPS Environmental Leadership Award

This award recognises businesses that are innovating across their value chain to repair and sustain our planet. Both global and/or UK based programmes are welcomed. Successful entrants will be able to evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Redesigning products, services, and operations to increase resource productivity and eliminate waste 
  • Understanding natural resource dependencies and re-building the health of water, land, and biodiversity 
  • Taking action to radically cut carbon and increase the use of renewable energy. 

Read why Morrisons won Business in the Community’s UPS Environmental Sustainability Award 2019.

Download guidance on how to enter the UPS Environmental Leadership Award 2020.

How to enter the Responsible Business Awards 2020

The Responsible Business Awards 2020 are aligned with BITC’s Responsible Business Tracker®. Application is through an online platform and entrants will be asked core questions about their responsible business activities broadly, as well as specific questions about their chosen award category. Following assessment of their online applications, those selected as finalists in their chosen category, will be invited to present to a panel of external experts in their field.

Free to enter, the awards are open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are BITC members.

Entries are submitted via an online form hosted by Qualtrics. To enter, email awards@bitc.org.uk and a link to the entry form will be emailed directly to you.
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Key dates

  • Applications open – 27 November 2019.
  • Applications close – 21 February 2020, 17.00.
  • Judging panels for finalists – 12 – 14 May 2020.
  • Summer celebration event – join the Responsible Business Awards mailing list to stay up to date