Business acting responsibly – and raising the bar year on year
Awards 2013 winners announced
In the first annual awards event of its kind held in Bradford, Rob Lawson, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Provident Financial plc opened proceedings with an inspirational speech about how firms of all sizes can contribute to the betterment of society and the local communities in which they work. Shown here with Balbir Panesar, Chairman of PEC Building Services, Rob presented certificates to all the firms who participated in the first year.
PEC Building Services had raised over £60,000 for the Cardiac Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary in just 12 months.
The overall winner for the best contribution in all four categories of community, education, environment and the economy was Rance Booth Smith Architects who invest a considerable amount of staff time and energy into various local projects, with an emphasis on conservation and education. Pictured left, Linda Hollings, a Director at Rance Booth Smith receives the Overall Winner trophy from Dr Kyoko Fukukawa of Bradford University.
- 16 companies between them raised £508,863 for good causes ranging from the RNLI to Yorkshire Cancer research.
- From 11 of our participating companies – 954 staff gave their time to local projects and between them they gave more than 10,000 volunteer hours
- 6 local companies give staff time out of work to act as volunteer mentors, helping young people in education, or mentoring on enterprise challenges – 37 staff did this during the year, giving 1,700 volunteer hours
- Over £300,000 was given in the year in the form of financial gifts to charities and voluntary groups in Bradford. This includes local sports clubs, Marie Curie, One In A Million and Bradfactor – a young people’s talent show, amongst many other projects.
- Companies have also donated around £17,000 of products, materials, furniture and other resources to local projects – many companies say they did not attempt to value such donations
- Another 1,900 hours of staff time were given to provide professional expertise and skills to local groups
- Another £31,000 in cash gifts and £45,000 in materials and resources have been given to education – including purchasing playground and library equipment
- 14 companies have played host to over 1200 pupils, either on work placements or on company visits or activities in the workplace
Award Categories and Judges
The independent panel of judges assessed each of the entries looking for the most innovative ideas which had made a real contribution in the areas of community, education, the economy and the environment.
- Presenting the Community Award: Rob Lawson, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Provident Financial plc
- Presenting the Education Award: Paul Mackie, Chairman, Rex Procter Partners Ltd
- Presenting the Economy Award: Craig McHugh, Director, One in A Million
- Presenting the Environment Award: Steven Butts, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Wm Morrisons plc
- Presenting the Award for the best overall contribution to local priorities: Dr Kyoko Fukukawa, International Specialist in CSR at Bradford University School of Management
Chair of the judging panel:
Rob Lawson, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Provident Financial plc commented on the difficulties faced by judges when choosing between very large companies with large resources and much smaller companies with only 5-10 staff. This had made it very difficult to select the best contributions in each category.