Business in the Community's Responsible Business of Year - Shortlist

April 24, 2017

The highest accolade from the Prince's Responsible Business Network, awarded to the business that best demonstrates that it is returning long-term value creation to all by integrating purpose beyond profit and holding responsible behaviour at its heart.

Today's leading businesses are actively integrating responsible business into their decision making and core business strategy, and are promoting that thinking across the whole of their business and through their value chain. These businesses recognise the need for visible leadership and advocacy, nurturing the future leaders within their business and engaging actively with wider society.

Successful companies in this category will be using their scale and core business strengths within their major markets to address some of today's most pressing challenges. Each, in their own way, will leverage their leadership position, including their membership of BITC, to influence others to address key issues ranging from youth unemployment and skills shortages to resource depletion and the need to create responsible businesses that can adapt to huge changes in population levels and patterns of consumption.


Shortlisted Companies


Love Every Drop – Anglian Water

Sustainable practices are embedded throughout Anglian Water's operations. Whilst serving more than six million customers in the east of England and Hartlepool, the water company has exceeded five year targets to reduce operational carbon by 10% and emissions related to construction projects by 50%.The company also works to create a market for its biosolids which are a by-product in the water recycling process, and the Board has announced a commitment to reach full carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Anglian Water likes to think local and scale up programmes for far reaching impact by building long term partnerships with communities, farmers, conservationists and its regulators, which means the company is seen as a hub for collective action to tackle social issues across the east of England.  

Meanwhile Anglian Water's work to support its employees are having a positive impact; accident rates and levels of employee sickness rates have both fallen.


Heathrow 2.0

Heathrow 2.0 is a vision for sustainable growth in aviation. Coming months after the London airport got the go-ahead to expand through a third runway, Heathrow 2.0 aims to step up leadership through a range of new goals. Its plans include this year's publication of a roadmap setting out how it can help transition its supply chain employees working at Heathrow Airport to be paid the London Living Wage. It has set a target of 10,000 apprenticeships by 2030 through which the airport plans to drive a diverse talent pool into sustainable employment. Regarding climate change, the impacts of which Heathrow acknowledges are an ongoing challenge, the organisation is meeting its 2020 emissions target of 6.5kWh per passenger, driven by on-going reduction in electricity through initiatives such as installing 100,000 LED lights across the airport. In April Heathrow went a step further and committed to buying electricity from 100% renewable sources. 


We are Vista

We are Vista are a creative communications agency who put people at the heart of the way they work. The fast-growing agency ensures diversity: women represent two thirds (66%) of its senior management – greatly exceeding industry norms. Its employees in Leeds and London are encouraged to support local community partnerships, and more than 1,200 hours were volunteered in 2016. Part of this initiative's success can be squared at Headspace, a programme allowing staff to have 5% of their work time for their own projects and personal development. Ideas around responsible business and collaboration are constantly traded at We are Vista, for example it raises awareness of its Vantage app among its clients (many of whom are FTSE 100 companies). Vantage eliminates printing from a project, allowing for paper free events planning. A five-year sustainability plan, a cornerstone of its business planning, includes an environmental commitment to a 20% reduction in office energy consumption and a 30% decrease in waste to landfill by 2019. 


 

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