Belfast Telegraph

Drinks company Diageo wins top business gong

By Lindsay Fergus

Diageo Northern Ireland has scooped the top accolade at Business in the Community's Gala Awards dinner.

The drinks giant picked up the title of Northern Ireland's Responsible Company of the Year 2010 at the event in the Waterfront Hall.

Sponsored by last year's winner BT, the award was presented to Diageo for its vision, determination and commitment to filtering responsible business practices throughout the organisation.

The judging panel said: "In a very difficult and challenging industry sector, this company demonstrates excellence in its commitment to its people, the environment and the community, with a global vision but clear local leadership, activity and focus."

Paul Rooney, chair of Business in the Community and partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, added: "Acting in a socially responsible manner is a win-win for business and the award-winning companies have demonstrated responsible leadership in doing the right thing by their people, their investors and their communities. Every company that was shortlisted should be proud of its achievement."

The awards were sponsored by ESB Independent Energy and other winners included:

  • Translink, who picked up the Climate Change Award
  • The Local Government Staff Commission picked up the award for Diversity
  • Northern Bank received the gong for Workplace Health and Wellbeing
  • Larne-based Ledcom was given the Supporting Economic Growth award
  • Pritchitts picked up a Big Tick, part of Business in the Community's national awards process

Jeremy Jackson of Jackson Graham Associates was named as The 2010 Prince's Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility in Northern Ireland.

And the unanimous winner of the Community Leader award was awarded to Vernon Ringland from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland for his work in partnership with Northern Bank on its YouthBank initiative.