We have been shortlisted in two categories for the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards 2016.
BITC received 297 entries for the awards, shortlisted 103 and re-accredited a further 82 entries for demonstrating continual impact in their responsible business programme.
National Grid was recognised in The Asda Environmental Leadership Award category for our ‘Natural Grid – Building bigger, better and more connected spaces for nature’ and for our ‘EmployAbility – Let’s Work Together’ supported internship programme for young people with learning disabilities in The Employment for Excluded Groups Award.
Commenting on our environmental leadership shortlisting, Environmental Sustainability Manager Ian Glover said: “We are proud to have been shortlisted in this award category. The Natural Grid project shows how our land and natural assets can be managed in an efficient, collaborative and environmentally responsible way; making sure that these valuable resources and the benefits they provide are there for the longer term. We’re pleased to receive recognition from BITC for this approach and look forward to its development.”
Mark Pickles, International Electricity Trading Project Manager, was delighted to be shortlisted for The Employment for Excluded Groups Award, and said: “We place great emphasis on being proactive in the community and helping those who have had a very challenging start in life. Our ‘EmployAbility, Let’s Work Together’ programme helps students with learning disabilities achieve paid employment. Nationwide only 6% of these students achieve this goal, so this is an area we feel passionately about and are determined to make a difference in ‘changing lives’.”
The announcement of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards shortlist coincides with this year’s Responsible Business Week (18-22 April), an initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community, said: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges. But more companies need to share these ideas and actions to grow the responsible business movement in the UK and abroad, which is why we launched Responsible Business Week.
“The Responsible Business Awards shortlist represents the very best of business. Celebrating their stories helps raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good.”
The Responsible Business Awards are the UK’s most prestigious awards, championing responsible business at home and abroad. Driven by BITC, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, the 2016 Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges.
The Award Winners will be announced at BITC’s Annual Responsible Business Gala in London on 11 July and will be hosted by the 2015 Responsible Business of the Year, Fujitsu.
Our shortlisted case studies
The Asda Environmental Leadership Award
The Employment for Excluded Groups Award