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National Grid was recognised for the efforts they make in the community, and the positive difference They are making to society and the environment. We were honoured with Business in the Community’s (BITC) top award, taking over from Jaguar Land Rover as UK Responsible Business of the Year 2014.
This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involved with the things that really matter to us and to society, and doing the right things in the right way.
The judging panel commended National Grid on its long term vision based on trust and connectivity saying: “a key part of that vision is the investment they make in developing talent in the next generation to ensure they and the whole manufacturing and engineering sector prospers in the UK.
“They demonstrate real foresight in using technology and innovation to develop solutions that protect their employees, their customers and wider society. It is a company that is on a significant journey and continues to make real progress with an appetite to inspire others and has the potential to be a great ambassador for action.”
At last night’s gala dinner some of our colleagues rubbed elbows with royalty – TRH the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were in attendance, along with over 1,400 top business representatives. Steve Holliday, Chief Executive; Stuart Bailey, Group Head of Sustainability & Climate Change and Caroline Hooley, Corporate Responsibility and Sponsorship Manager represented National Grid on stage.
Steve Holliday commented on the win: “This is a fabulous and well-deserved accolade for us, confirming that sustainable and responsible behaviour is central to everything we do here at National Grid. I am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to a fantastic year ahead!”
In addition to the Responsible Business of the Year Award, 12 other categories were up for grabs. The winners were selected through an independent judging process from over 150 leading companies previously recognised by BITC with a Big Tick.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Responsible Business Award winners have demonstrated innovation to drive positive change in our communities and as a result have seen clear benefits in terms of business growth, customer engagement or staff wellbeing. I congratulate National Grid for playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all.”