The Midcounties, Central England and Southern co-operatives have been recognised by Business in the Community for their work in sustainability and community action.
Responsible Business Week (24-28 April), hosted by Business in the Community (BITC), is an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution of businesses to society. The Responsible Business Awards champion the most inspiring businesses taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle environmental challenges.
In an announcement during the week, Midcounties was reaccredited in the Sustainable Products and Services, and Building Stronger Communities categories of the Awards, and is on the 2017 shortlist in the Education category.
Central England has been reaccredited in the Inspiring Young Talent category and Southern in the Building Stronger Communities category.
The Co-op Group has also been shortlisted for the 2017 Experian Award for Building Stronger Communities.
Mike Pickering, community and sustainability manager at Midcounties, said: “The BITC Responsible Business Awards are nationally acclaimed for recognising businesses that drive sustainable and social change, both nationally and abroad.
“To be reaccredited is a great achievement and reflective of our commitment to reducing energy, preserving the environment and providing a positive impact to those who live and work in the areas we serve.”
Judges praised the society for reducing its energy usage by a further 3%, save over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and increase its recycling levels to 91% – up from 85% in 2015.
The organisation was commended for its commitment to the local communities it serves as part of its Regional Communities programme, which sees members and colleagues come together to provide support for local community groups through volunteering and fundraising initiatives. The strategy has seen Midcounties donate more than £11m to local charities and organisations over the past 10 years.
Chief executive of Business in the Community, Amanda Mackenzie, said: “We want all businesses to be a force for good in the community, and being reaccredited means that these organisations can inspire many more companies to be part of the responsible business movement, so that together we can work for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”
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