Responsible Business Awards Wales 2020

This page contains information on Business in the Community Cymru’s Responsible Business Awards 2020. Visit the Responsible Business Awards 2020 page for information about the awards in England and Scotland.
Applications for the Responsible Business Awards Wales 2020 are now open.
Closing date for applications is Friday 6 March 2020, 17:00.

Business in the Community Cymru’s Responsible Business Awards capture and celebrate the most inspiring and impactful stories of responsible business practice in Wales. These awards are among the most robust in Wales and are unique in their specific focus on responsible business. Stay up to date with the awards by signing up to the Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru Responsible Business Awards Wales mailing list.

The awards are free to enter for companies of any size, sector or scale to enter. All entries benefit from a high-quality judging panel of senior business leaders who are handpicked for their knowledge and expertise. Entrants are given an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from this group of individuals.

Awards categories

Further award category details

Responsible Large Business and SME of the Year Award

These categories recognise businesses in Wales which have truly embedded responsible business practices throughout their organisation. In order to be successful, sustainable and to deliver long-term social, economic and environmental value, responsible business must be a golden thread running throughout an organisation, from the top through to all levels of staff and out into the supply chain. The embedded nature of the responsible business practices is vital.  If responsible business is not a core part of business decision making, activity will become ad hoc, less coordinated and, in straightened economic times, ripe for defunding.

Through the Responsible Large Business and SME of the Year Awards, Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru seek to recognise companies in Wales which are moving beyond box-ticking and one-off corporate social responsibility (CSR)-style activity. The awards celebrate those employers which are demonstrating to staff, customers, clients, suppliers, neighbours, stakeholders and the nation that business is a force for good and makes a positive difference to the challenges we face in Wales. 

In these categories, judges will be looking for companies which have truly embedded responsible business practices into operations and decision-making processes. Successful applicants will be able to clearly demonstrate:

  • they are a values-led organisation and these values are driving business (and other) decisions
  • commitment to being a responsible business with responsible business practices embedded throughout the organisation
  • responsible business practices are resulting in positive social, economic and environmental impacts whilst returning commercial benefits back into the business.

This award is only open to BITC members.

Find out why Rhondda Housing Association were BITC Cymru Welsh Government SME of the Year 2019.

Find out why Cardiff Business School were BITC Cymru Responsible Large Business of the Year 2019.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award recognises businesses that have inclusive workforces reflecting the diversity of UK talent and enable everyone to reach their full potential in their workforce. Successful entrants should evidence that their business is having an impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • Creating and age inclusive workforce where people of all ages can thrive.
  • Improving diverse representation of black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) people at all levels and progression of BAME employees in leadership roles.
  • Embedding an inclusive culture where women are empowered to succeed and are represented at senior level.
  • Ensuring all recruitment processes are free from discrimination and bias.

This award is open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are Business in the Community members.

Find out why Legal & General Wales won Business in the Community Cymru GE Aviation Wales Diversity and Inclusion Award 2019.

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 areas:

  • 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.
  • Acting to radically cut carbon and increase the use of renewable energy.

This award is open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are Business in the Community members.

Find out why Kingspan Insulated Panels won Business in the Community’s Cymru Environmental Award 2019 Award.

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 areas:

  • 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).
  • Creating psychologically safe work environments where people can function to the best of their ability.
  • Positioning health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues.

This award is open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are Business in the Community members.

Find out why South Wales Police won Business in the Community Cymru’s Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Wellbeing at Work Award Winner 2019.

NPTC Group of Colleges Education Partnership Award

This award recognises exceptional examples of business-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 areas:

  • 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. 

This award is open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are Business in the Community members.

Find out why Bouygues UK won Business in the Community Cymru’s NPTC Group of Colleges Education Award Winner 2019.

Talent for the Future 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 areas:

  • 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.

This award is open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are Business in the Community members.

Find out why Pobl Group won Business in the Community Cymru’s ACT Training Inspiring Young Talent Winner 2019.

Wales & West Utilities Building Stronger Communities Award

This award recognises businesses that address the 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 both of 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.

This award is open to all private sector companies, firms, LLPs and partnerships of any size. Public sector businesses may apply if they are Business in the Community members.

How to enter

To enter Business in the Community Cymru’s Responsible Business Awards 2020 contact wales@bitc.org.uk.
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To stay up to date, please sign up to the Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru Responsible Business Awards mailing list.

Key dates for the Responsible Business Awards Wales 2020

  • Application Guidance Workshops
    • 15 Jan 2020, 9:00 – 12:30, Eversheds – Sutherland LLP, Cardiff
    • 22 Jan 2020, 9:30 – 13:00, Swansea School of Management – Swansea University
  • Closing date for applications – 6 March 2020, 17:00
  • Judging day – 25 March 2020
  • Shortlist announcement – April 2020
  • Awards gala – 25 June 2020, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff