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Leading hard landscaping business Marshalls plc has been awarded a Big Tick by Business in the Community (BITC).

Marshalls gained a Big Tick under the John Lewis and Waitrose Supply Chain Award for its pioneering approach to supply chain accountability, particularly with regards to partnership approach to overseas suppliers.

The awards were established by BITC to reward UK businesses for ethical practice on several levels. The award categories include impacts on society, the workplace, the environment, the community and the marketplace, as well as categories for leadership and other special achievements.

As well as being recognised in the Marketplace Impact category, Marshalls was also re-accredited its Big Tick for the Eco-Efficiency category, which it gained in 2007.

“Business in the Community’s Big Tick is a prominent benchmark in terms of measuring success for Marshalls,” says Chris Harrop, Marshalls’ Group Marketing Director.

“It is vital for us to make sure we’re matching and exceeding the standards which are laid down by the organisation. Every business should make an active contribution to society as part of its key strategy, and the BITC awards set a valuable example to other businesses on how important it is to invest in making a positive social change.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Those who achieve the Big Tick are leading companies, ones that run their businesses aware that they depend above all on the talent, innovation and loyalty of their people. They know that they cannot build a successful sustainable business without constantly showing their commitment to being a better business.”

"I congratulate Marshalls on winning a Big Tick for the John Lewis & Waitrose Supply Chain Award. Their programme, which looked at the implications of importing Indian Sandstone, demonstrates great innovation and impact in working with suppliers."

Marshalls adds this accolade to a growing list of awards acknowledging the FTSE 250 business’s core policy of social responsibility, including a Green Apple award from The Green Organisation and Biodiversity Benchmark status from The Wildlife Trusts.