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Responsible Business Awards launched for 2021

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Front: George Rankin, senior director and Joe McDonald, senior manager corporate affairs, ASDA NI, last year's overall winner, with (back) Kevin Kingston, chief executive, Danske Bank, Chris Conway, chief executive, Translink, Lisa McIlvenna, deputy managing director, Business in the Community (BITC), John Mulgrew, editor, Ulster Business and Kieran Harding, managing director, BITC

Front: George Rankin, senior director and Joe McDonald, senior manager corporate affairs, ASDA NI, last year's overall winner, with (back) Kevin Kingston, chief executive, Danske Bank, Chris Conway, chief executive, Translink, Lisa McIlvenna, deputy managing director, Business in the Community (BITC), John Mulgrew, editor, Ulster Business and Kieran Harding, managing director, BITC

Front: George Rankin, senior director and Joe McDonald, senior manager corporate affairs, ASDA NI, last year's overall winner, with (back) Kevin Kingston, chief executive, Danske Bank, Chris Conway, chief executive, Translink, Lisa McIlvenna, deputy managing director, Business in the Community (BITC), John Mulgrew, editor, Ulster Business and Kieran Harding, managing director, BITC

Businesses across Northern Ireland which go above and beyond to make a difference to society or to the environment have a chance to showcase their efforts with the launch of this year’s Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland.

In a year when every person and company has been impacted by the pandemic, the Awards, organised by responsible business network, Business in the Community, is keen to see entries from businesses large and small, and from every sector.

The awards, taking place in partnership with JP Corry and SPAR, and in association with Ulster Business and U105, recognise and celebrate firms in Northern Ireland that are taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues.

The 11 award categories range in theme, from diversity and wellbeing in the workplace, to recognising those who are working for the benefit of the community, through to companies who develop products that inspire sustainable lifestyles.

This year’s categories include:

NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Asda

Age-Friendly Business Award, sponsored by Age-Friendly Network

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Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour

Education Partnership Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy

Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Heron Bros

Innovation in Employability Award, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport

Investing in Your Community Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox

Responsible Digital Innovation Award, sponsored by Allstate NI

One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Ciena

Responsible Product / Service Award, sponsored by Translink

Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port

Kieran Harding, managing director, Business in the Community says: “This year has been challenging and we recognise how difficult it has been for everyone. In connecting with businesses across Northern Ireland over the past year, I am so impressed with their commitment to supporting their people, keeping the environment and sustainability at the top of their agenda and really deepening their engagement with communities who’ve needed business support more than ever.

“This year’s awards will recognise that it has not been ‘business as usual’ and we’re keen to see entries from the spectrum of Northern Ireland businesses."

Entering the awards is free, and they are even easier to enter this year as the application process has moved online. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, 11 June.

Enter now at www/bitcni.org.uk/awards


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