About the Responsible Business Awards

November 15, 2016 Stepheny Mayers

2017 marks the 20th annual Responsible Business Awards, developed and presented by Business in the Community.  An awards programme like no other, these business awards seek to showcase the amazing social value and societal impact, being delivered by organisations right across the UK and internationally.

A chance to tell your story

In a world where future business success will be defined by delivering social value hand in hand with financial value, businesses are recognising the need to look for innovative and collaborative ways to respond to challenging issues.  Every year, Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards capture inspiring stories of businesses as a positive force for change, and tell them to a local, national and international audience of millions.

Open to companies of any size, sector and location

Previous years have seen entries and winners from a diverse range of sectors including utilities, transport, technology, agriculture, media, housing...in fact we've probably had entries from every sector, right across the UK and from overseas.  No matter your company size, location or sector, all have an equal chance of winning. 

Created by business for business

The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards rely totally on the expert knowledge and experience of business peers to assess what great responsible business looks like.  The entries are rigorously assessed by over 200 business peers, handpicked for their expertise and knowledge, making the Responsible Business Awards one of the most prestigious and respected awards.  Working with senior managers all the way up to CEOs, who all dedicate their time to read through, assess and hear from the award entrants.  In addition, those entrants who make it to the Award Finalist stage, have the unique opportunity to present their approach face-to-face to a senior group of business leaders who in 2016 included Keith Weed (Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Unilever), Chris Brown (Sustainable Business Director, Asda), Helen Tucker (HR Global Diversity and Inclusion Director, Procter & Gamble UK) and Duncan Tait (Director and Corporate Executive Office, Fujitsu).

Unlike many award programmes, every award entrant receives bespoke expert feedback on their entry which is used by many to strengthen their business approach going forward.
Successful award entrants receive a third party endorsement logo – the Award planter – which is an effective communications tool to demonstrate to all types of stakeholders the powerful impact of a successful award programme.

The positive impact is truly worth celebrating

Day by day, organisations across the UK are doing amazing things, often unnoticed.  We've all grown accustom to reading news headlines about the mistakes businesses and key individuals have made, but what about the good news?   Through our awards, we seek out the businesses that are having a truly positive impact on people's lives and the communities that surround them.  Whether it's the thousands of adults who have been retrained and retained, so they can continue developing their skills to enable their active participation in the workplace,  to developing innovative technical solutions that tackle global issues such as food shortages.  We believe that business truly can be a force for good.

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