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Marshalls awarded responsible business excellence

Marshalls has received two accolades at the Yorkshire and Humber Responsible Business Awards for its global development and sustainability activities and for making a difference in the local community.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Business in the Community (BITC) which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Prince Charles’ presidency.

At the packed event at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel, Marshalls received the shortlisted award for Unilever Global Development, supported by Business Fights Poverty for its work with the supply chain programme in India. The programme has made a positive impact on its suppliers and improved the lives of quarry workers and their families in Rajasthan, India.

Marshalls was also recognised for making a difference in the local community, receiving a highly commended award for outstanding contribution to employee volunteering. Employees raised a fantastic £17,000 for Overgate Hospice in Elland last year through a sponsored walk to remember a dear colleague. This was matched pound-for-pound by Marshalls.

David Morrell, Head of Sustainability at Marshalls said: “Receiving the Global Development award was a testament to many years of hard work by the whole team at Marshalls and we picked up the employee volunteering award on behalf of all our Halifax employees who put their best foot forward for a local charity close to their hearts.”

“The event offered an opportunity for us to see all the fantastic things Yorkshire businesses are doing in their communities which has motivated us to do more in the future.”

Speaking via a video message at the dinner, HRH The Prince of Wales, President of BITC, said: “The Responsible Business Awards are always such a personal highlight for me each year, because they provide an important opportunity to celebrate business at its best and to showcase practical examples of how it is helping to build a more harmonious society and a more sustainable future.

“These awards are therefore vital as a way of inspiring other businesses to follow this lead.”

Liz Needleman, Area Director England East, BITC, said: “The annual Responsible Business Awards celebrate those companies making a difference in communities, schools and within their own organisations. Many have created their own fantastic initiatives which have a positive impact on the employees who deliver them, and the people or project they are helping.”