Posted on Monday 6 February 2017 by Ulster Business

Time to get entries in as deadline approaches for bitc awards

Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland are (front row from left): Claire Hutchinson, Diageo; Sonia Armstrong, Ulster Business; Kevin Caldwell, Electric Ireland; Gillian McKee, Business in the Community; Ciaran McConnell, JP Corry; (back row from left) Barbara Roulston, BT; Colette McCloskey, Department for Communities; Chris James, Fujitsu; Ciaran McCallion, Allen & Overy; Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour; Rosemary Lundy, Arthur Cox; Alison Falls, Danske Bank; Sally Bonnes, Larne Port. 


Business in the Community Northern Ireland is calling on local firms to submit their entries for the 2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland. 

Applications can be made online at Entries will close on Friday 24 February 2017 and the winners will be revealed at a glittering gala dinner at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 1 June 2017.

The annual awards, which are run by Business in the Community and sponsored by Electric Ireland, seek to recognise and celebrate firms in Northern Ireland that are making a difference by taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues. They are open to firms here of all sizes and from all sectors. There are nine categories up for grabs in 2017:

  • NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Diageo
  • Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Department for Communities
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by BT
  • Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy
  • Employability Champion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour
  • Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox  
  • Marketplace Leadership, sponsored by Fujitsu
  • One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Danske Bank
  • Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Larne Port

Chair of Business in the Community NI, Roy Adair, said: “The Responsible Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity, not only to recognise and reward responsible business, but to raise awareness of the great things that organisations across Northern Ireland are doing to help create a society that is better for everyone. It provides a valuable platform to showcase best practice and share ideas for good.

“We’ve widened the scope of the categories this year to help broaden the pool of entries. We want to celebrate all organisations that are doing the right thing by their people, the planet and the places where they operate. With just two weeks left to go until the closing date for entries, I would urge all firms to have a look at the categories and submit their entries.”

Kevin Caldwell, Operations Manager at long-term Awards sponsor, Electric Ireland commented: “As a company, we are committed to responsible business and our sponsorship enables us to recognise the enormous contributions that businesses in Northern Ireland make to their local communities.”

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