The utility provider Yorkshire Water is one of several companies that has been given a ‘Big Tick’ in Business In The Community’s national awards. It is the first level of accolades that a company can receive in the Responsible Business category. The Big Tick recognises that the company in question is making a positive impact on society and the environment.
Yorkshire Water has been selected alongside several other companies including Dalehead Foods, which was recognised for its community efforts, and Gelder Group, which got a Big Tick for inspiring young talent. The recipients are chosen by the charity Business In The Community.
The company will be presented with their Big Tick trophy at the Yorkshire And Humber Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner. This will take place at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford on June 18th. The overall winners of the Business In The Community’s national awards will be announced during a gala dunner in London. It will be done in the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales on July 8th 2014.
The Chief Executive at Yorkshire Water, Richard Flint, said:
This is an incredible achievement and reflects the investment being made by the company to ensure we are acting as a responsible business. We have six strategic business objectives which are our commitment to sustainability. They ensure we can provide essential water and waste service to our customers across Yorkshire. “We’re doing all this against a backdrop of significant economic, social and environmental change. The essence of our vision is doing what is right for our customers, colleagues, partners and the environment.
The award recognises Yorkshire Water’s massive strides in their environmental policies over the last few years. In the past, they were criticised and even fined for producing water that was unfit for consumption by people living in the region. The company was also responsible for allowing contamination that killed lots of wild life. However, it has made a concerted effort to reinvent itself recently.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said:
All year round, responsible businesses across the UK are contributing towards more resilient communities, stimulating local economies, creating diverse, skilled and healthy work forces and addressing skills shortages – yet these activities rarely get attention. “The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all. I congratulate Yorkshire Water for its Big Tick, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.