The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. It celebrates inspirational companies that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.
The announcement of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards shortlist coincides with Responsible Business Week (20th-26th April 2015), an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.
The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the variety of ways that businesses are making a difference – from investing in the wellbeing of employees, to helping young people develop skills, or supporting small businesses to grow. 145 companies have been shortlisted in total across the UK, across the 13 award categories.
Marshalls, the UK’s leading supplier of hard landscaping materials, is being recognised for its programme of work with its supply chain in India in the Unliver Global Development Award.
Commenting, Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director at Marshalls, said: “We are immensely proud to have been shortlisted for the Unilever Global Development Award. We have been working hard in India for nearly eight years to ensure an ethical supply chain, in particular focussing on health and safety and human rights, with a particular focus upon children's rights. It is also our mission to educate customers and other stakeholders about the need to eradicate child labour from supply chains.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business, so it is fitting to be announcing the shortlist today as part of Responsible Business Week, which raises awareness of business as a powerful force for good. We congratulate Marshalls for playing its part in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future. The shortlisted businesses publically demonstrate that business has a greater purpose then simply generating profit and are a great example to others.”
All shortlisted companies will be celebrated through a series of Responsible Business Gala events taking place across the UK in June.
Of the shortlisted companies, a number will be chosen as award finalists to present their programme to a select group of senior business professionals in May for the chance to be crowned as overall winner in each category. These award finalists will be announced on 2nd June 2015.
Overall winners will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner, in partnership with 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid, on 7th July 2015.
Click here for further information about the 2015 shortlisted stories.