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

 

Veolia: Business in the Community's Responsible Business of the Year 2016
Business in the Community's Responsible Business of the Year, Winner, 2016

Resource management company Veolia's services benefit the UK population through recycling collection and delivery, water treatment and management, low carbon and renewable heat and electricity, and by providing new materials to industry.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:33
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company: Winner of the UPS International Disaster Relief Award (Large Company) 2016
The UPS International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the Department for International Development, Winner (Large Company) 2016

By working together with other companies to mobilise private sector resources in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company provided vital support to communities and helped to restore markets.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:25
iDT Labs: Winners of the UPS International Disaster Relief Award (Small Company) 2016
The UPS International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the UK Department for International Development, Winner (Small Company) 2016

iDT Labs developed a hazard payment solution which helped to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and established their reputation in ICT for development.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:24
ArcelorMittal - The Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group - Highly Commended
The UPS International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the Department for International Development, Highly Commended, 2016

Mining company ArcelorMittal brought the private sector together to fight the Ebola virus in Liberia, mobilising emergency support and building goodwill for their business.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:24
The Manila Water Company: Winners of the Unilever Global Development Award 2016
The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty, Winner, 2016

The Manila Water Company is helping people in poor urban communities to access clean, safe, affordable water, while improving the quality of the water supply and growing a new customer base.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:21
Olam International - Societe d'Exploitation Cotonniere Olam - Highly Commended
The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty, Highly Commended, 2016

Agri-business Olam International has expanded and strengthened their supply chain by offering training, healthcare, and accessible finance to the farming communities they work with.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:20
Whitbread: Winner of the Asda Environmental Leadership Award 2016
The Asda Environmental Leadership Award, Winner, 2016

Hospitality company Whitbread is tackling climate change and making savings through two new environmentally friendly building projects, the Costa Eco-Pod and the Hub hotel, from Premier Inn.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:13
St Leger Homes of Doncaster: Winners of the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award
Championing an Ageing Workforce Award, Winner, 2016

St Leger Homes' older workers are supported to retrain and work flexibly so that individuals are not forced out of employment.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 22:10
NFU Mutual: Winners of the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award 2016
The Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award, Winner, 2016

Thousands of young farmers are learning how to stay safe at work thanks to the Farm Safety Foundation, established by NFU Mutual. Farming is Britain’s most hazardous industry; the charity wants to change that.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:56
Sky: Winners of the Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award (Large Company) 2016
The Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award, Winner (Large Company) 2016

Starting Out is a Sky Academy initiative that uses TV, creativity and sport to help young people build practical skills and experience. The programme provides over 1,000 work related opportunities for young people each year.  

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:53
AmicusHorizon: Winners of the Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award 2016 (Small Company)
The Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award, Winner (Small Company) 2016

AmicusHorizon is a large housing association which wants to support its residents into work and build stronger communities. Stronger communities house better residents so everybody wins. 

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:52
Bolton at Home: Winners of the Employment for Excluded Groups Award
The Employment for Excluded Groups Award, Winner, 2016

The cycle of long-term unemployment is being broken by Bolton at Home’s employment programme. Tenants are helped into work and are then better able to pay their rents.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:48
Categories: Employment
Investec: Winners of the 2016 Experian Building Stronger Communities Award in recognition of Sir John Peace
The Experian Building Stronger Communities Award, in recognition of Sir John Peace, Winner, 2016

Beyond Business is a social enterprise incubation programme run by specialist bank and asset manager Investec in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre. The programme nurtures east London businesses which have a positive social impact. 

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:46
Categories: Social Enterprise
JTI UK - The Power of Friendship - Highly Commended
The Experian Building Stronger Communities Award, in recognition of Sir John Peace, Highly Commended, 2016

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is helping tackle loneliness amongst older people, by creating monthly face-to-face tea-party friendship groups for over 75 year olds who live alone.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:45
Categories: Healthy Communities
Glasgow Caledonian University: Winners of the Education Award
The Education Award, Winner, 2016

11,000 students from some of Glasgow’s most deprived areas have had their aspirations boosted and prospects improved thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Club project.

Published: Mon, 2016-07-11 21:41
Categories: Education

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