Business in the Community is calling on Belfast firms to enter the 2016 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland. Applications can be made online at www.bitcni.org.uk/awards. Entries close on Friday 25 March 2016 with the gala awards ceremony taking place in Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 2 June.
The awards are run by Business in the Community and sponsored for the seventh year by Electric Ireland. They are open to firms here of all sizes and from all sectors. There are nine categories up for grabs in 2016:
- NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by BT
- Resource Efficiency Champion, in partnership with WRAP
- Business & Biodiversity, in partnership with Ulster Wildlife Trust
- Employer of Choice, sponsored by Arthur Cox
- Employability Champion, sponsored by Delta Packaging
- Community Impact Champion, sponsored by Belfast Harbour
- Education Partner, sponsored by Allen & Overy
- Workplace Health and Wellbeing, sponsored by Benenden
- Marketplace Leadership, in partnership with Fujitsu
Chair of Business in the Community NI, Roy Adair, said: “We are proud to recognise and celebrate organisations that do the right thing by their people, the planet and the places where they operate. I would encourage all companies with a commitment to responsible business to review the categories and submit an entry. Celebrating GOOD business is a win-win for business and for wider society.
“Our Awards celebrate companies who realise just how important their actions, focussing not on how a company spends its profits, but how it makes them in the first place. I’d encourage all businesses to put themselves forward for recognition and inspire others in the process.”
Niall Dineen, Head of Commercial at long-term Awards sponsor, Electric Ireland commented: “This is the eighth year that Electric Ireland has sponsored these awards. Electric Ireland puts its customers at the heart of everything we do, and this sponsorship provides us with an opportunity to see how businesses across Northern Ireland demonstrate their contribution to enhance the communities in which they work and operate in, ensuring their actions are reaping societal, business and economic benefits.
“Electric Ireland recently increased its investment in Northern Ireland with our entry to the residential market and we are looking forward to growing both our business and residential sectors by doing business responsibly.”
Companies seeking recognition for their responsible business at a national level may be interested in the UK Responsible Business Awards, also run by Business in the Community. Find out more at www.bitc.org.uk/awards. Closing date for entries is 12 February 2016.
To find out more, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/awards or call (028) 9046 0606.