Once 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.
The UK Responsible Business Awards Finalists
The winners of the BITC UK Responsible Business Awards will be announced at the Annual Responsible Business Gala, at the O2 on 11 July 2016.
We are delighted to celebrate the success of two Scottish finalists:
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.