Wales’ most responsible businesses have been named, and the #1 spot has gone to a utility company, Wales & West Utilities.
Headquartered in Newport, the company was shortlisted by the Wales Responsible Business Awards for its commitment to sustainable growth, ethical practices, responsible business behaviour and its success in making responsible and ethical business practices take root throughout all levels of the company.
For these reasons, it was favoured to win the Principality Building Society’s Responsible Large Business of the Year Award, an award which it took home at the ceremony, which was organised and managed by Business in the Community Cymru.
The other winners of the various categories were Dr. Zig’s Extraordinary Bubbles, the winner of the Welsh Government Responsible Small Business of the Year award (and presumably the Phenomenal Name of a Small Welsh Bubble Business Award), and another Northern Welsh business, Halen Mon (The Anglesea Sea Salt Company) which won the Dwr Cymry Environmental Leadership Award for its dedication to environmentally-friendly practices, green goals and success in promoting environmental activism among others.
The Careers Wales Education Award was taken by the Pembrokeshire business Dragon LNG, who were awarded it in recognition of their Darwin Center Experience project, which provided an exceptional learning opportunity to the young people of Wales, and the Wellbeing at Work Award was taken by the Admiral Group for their commitment to workplace health, employee wellbeing and happiness among their centres. The Wellbeing at Work Award is sponsored by Healthy Working Wales, who called Admiral “an excellent example of how a company can improve its workers’ health, happiness and wellbeing.”
The Caerphilly firm GE Aviation Wales went for gold by scooping up two awards, including the NPTC Group of Colleges Building Stronger Communities Award for their work with sponsorship and mentoring in local educational institutions and communities. They also took home the Wales & West Utilities Inspiring Young Talent Award, an award group sponsored and presented by Wales & West, the utility company who won the highest available award in the Responsible Business category. The two awards taken by GE Aviation Wales are closely linked, and considering their success in education and mentoring, their victory in inspiring young people is not particularly surprising.
The Director of Business in the Community Cymru, Rosie Sweetman, said during the announcement ceremony that “Wales & West Utilities genuinely embody their values, and they have put them at the core of all their activities and operations. Sustainable, ethical and responsible decision making is at the heart of everything Wales & West does, and it is really fantastic to see the award for Wales Responsible Large Business Award passing from Principality Building Society to another leading company in Wales, representing the people and the sustainable future of our country.
In these extremely uncertain political times, and in an economy that is increasingly harsh to the people living in it, it has never been more clear that Welsh business success and health is utterly linked to the Welsh community. Building up the community is the only way for businesses to continue to grow and make a positive impact on the world.
That is why BTIC Cymru are delighted, reassured, and most of all, proud, to recognise the 2016 winners of our Responsible Business Awards for their dedication to enacting positive change, tackling the immense challenges facing us as a nation, and working to bring about a brighter future for Wales and its people.
My congratulations to every company that made the shortlist for their hard work and commitment, and of course my greatest congratulations to the winners!”