We had a successful night at the Business in the Community annual awards – the UK Oscars for responsible businesses – winning in two categories; Environmental Leadership and Outstanding Employment.
We won the Environmental Leadership award (in the large company category) for our innovative approach of including sustainability within our tender process; working with our contractors to reduce the carbon impact of our construction projects and demonstrating the strong relationship between reducing carbon and reducing cost.
Nicky Conway, Sustainable Development Manager – Capital Delivery, said: “We’re so proud to have won the award for Environmental Leadership; being recognised for the forward looking approach by including sustainability as a weighted element in tenders and the hard work that’s gone into realising it. We’re setting the standard for our supply chain and delivering against National Grid’s ambitious sustainability targets.”
We also won the Outstanding Employment award for our employment programmes: EmployAbility, Apprenticeships, Young Offenders and Get Skilled (the last two programmes have recently moved to Cadent Gas).
Mark Pickles, co-founder of EmployAbility, said: “It’s fantastic to have won this award. These programmes are making real positive differences to the lives of young people, many of whom had given up hope of ever gaining meaningful employment. I would like to thank all the people in National Grid who support these programmes. This award wouldn’t have been possible without their passion and dedication to supporting others.”
Corporate Responsibility Manager Graham Frankland added: “I’m sure you would like to join me in congratulating all the teams and people who have been part of these award-winning projects and programmes. They are great demonstrations of our purpose: that we bring energy to life, exceed the expectation of our communities and bring tangible benefits to the environment, while delivering savings to our customers.”
To find out more and see a short film interview of our employees who presented to the panel of judges, visit the BITC website: