2 Teesside-based businesses received national recognition for their responsible business programmes last night, with others being recognised with regional awards.
The Awards for Excellence, run by the Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community, commends the best examples of business as a force for good. This year Business in the Community celebrates 30 years of supporting and encouraging businesses to transform their businesses and the communities in which they live and operate.
The 2012 Awards recognise the powerful and positive role that business is playing in the North East by awarding companies for the impact and innovation of their responsible business programmes across a number of categories.
Billingham-based Johnson Matthey were presented with their ‘Big Tick’ Award at the North East Awards event which took place at the Centre for Life in Newcastle last night. The award was for their ‘Future Scientists’ programme which aims to makes science fun and interesting and encourage more children to study science.
Fellow chemical company Lucite International were also recognised with a region- specific award for their volunteering activity.
The accolades were presented by Greggs’ Finance Director, Richard Hutton who chairs BITC’s Regional Leadership Team for the North East, along with BITC’s chief executive Stephen Howard and their regional director , Karen Wilkinson-Bell.
The event also marked the opportunity to celebrate and recognise individuals and business leaders within the North East that have made a significant personal contribution to the local community.
David Robinson, chief executive of PD Ports, was announced as Regional Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales’ for his leadership in convening businesses to help improve the skills and aspirations of young people on Teesside. His award was announced by the Prince of Wales in a video recorded address during last night’s event.
Commenting on the event, Karen Wilkinson-Bell said: “Each year I am thoroughly inspired by the amazing examples of what businesses are doing in the North East to incorporate responsible business in all they say and do. Our winners show great leadership and willingness to genuinely transform their businesses and the communities in which they operate. The ‘win win’ to both business and society when businesses think and act differently is key for all organisations on this journey.”
Paul Drechsler, Chairman and Chief Executive of Wates , himself a former Teesside ICI chief, said: “The 2012 Big Tick and regional award winners in the North East have been recognised for putting corporate responsibility at the heart of their businesses and for their positive impact on their employees, partners, local communities and the environment.
“The Awards for Excellence are a prestigious accolade for business – indeed we were delighted last year to be named Business in the Community’s 2011 Company of the Year for our deeply-held values of respect for people, communities and the environment. Business is a powerful force for good, and we hope other businesses on Teesside are inspired by the positive difference that these companies are making in the communities in which they operate.”
Business in the Community is a business-led charity with a growing membership of over 850 companies. We work locally and nationally through 11 regional teams and internationally with 115 global partners. With a further 10,700 engaged in our campaigns and an employee reach of 16.8 million - we are one of the largest and most influential leadership networks focused on driving responsible business practice. We offer our members a range of practical information, tools, training and resources to help them transform their businesses and integrate responsible practices into their operations. And we ask our members to work in partnership with us to help transform communities and tackle serious social issues where business can make a real difference.
Business in the Community is one of the Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President. www.bitc.org.uk
Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence recognises the powerful and positive role that business is playing in society. They shine a spotlight on the organisations that are transforming their business by integrating responsible business practices and transforming the communities in which they operate creating positive impacts for society and the environment. For more information about the Awards for Excellence please visit our website – www.bitc.org.uk/awards