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Scottish innovators celebrated at Responsible Business awards

Scottish innovators celebrated at Responsible Business awards

Scotland’s responsible businesses championed at prestigious annual awards gathering

Business in the Community Scotland celebrates actions to deliver sustainable social change

The country’s most innovative and ambitious organisations gathered last night at Business in the Community Scotland’s Responsible Business Awards to celebrate contributions from companies, individuals and teams which have helped to create a significant positive impact across education, employment, enterprise and the environment for Scotland’s communities.

The event united members, business leaders and influencers to recognise the achievements of large and small businesses, alongside the individual efforts of pioneering entrepreneurs and volunteers, in delivering transformational social change as part of the responsible business movement.

Business in the Community Scotland recognised a number of award winners at its annual event, held at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. This included Enterprise Rent-A-Car which was named Business in the Community Scotland’s Large Company of the Year. The company has been at the forefront of responsible business for almost 60 years and is committed in its approach to upskilling the workforce and identifying talent from diverse backgrounds across Scotland. The company is also one of the largest graduate employers in Scotland.

Rabbie’s was named Business in the Community Scotland’s SME of the Year. Rabbie’s small group tours around Scotland book passengers into small, locally-owned accommodation providers and encourage them to support local restaurants and businesses as well as visit sites of environmental interest. It also focuses on dispersing tourism away from what it perceives as ‘hot spots’ to less visited areas – always with the core values of sustainability in mind.

Further winners from last night’s Scotland Responsible Business Awards were:

 

  • Employee Volunteer of the Year Award – Douglas A. Peacock, Clydesdale Bank
  • Volunteering Team of the Year Award – Clydesdale Bank
  • Volunteering Company of the Year Award – LifeScan Scotland Ltd
  • Closing the Education Gap Award – Michelin Dundee
  • Environmental Leadership Award – Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd

 

Winners case studies and quotes from last night can be viewed here.

Managing Director of Business in the Community Scotland and Director of External Affairs at Business in the Community UK, Jane Wood said:

“Scotland’s responsible business movement is growing in size and ambition, and it has been the Business in the Community Scotland’s judging panel’s privilege to consider this year’s breadth of applications from across Scotland and to celebrate those that are creating sustainable solutions to our most pressing social challenges.

“Responsible business is about how a business makes its money not just how it spends its profit. It is about managing growth responsibly while reducing dependency on natural resources. It is about how the business operates as an employer, supplier and customer and how as a neighbour it helps to create vibrant communities where people can flourish.

“Congratulations to our winners, all of whom have inspired the panel with their energy and innovative approaches to supporting communities through volunteering, activities, policies and engagement. Business in the Community Scotland members understand that investment in social change in Scotland can be led by unlocking the corporate ambition all of our winners so brilliantly display.”

During a private event as part of the celebrations, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Derek Mackay MSP, joined a VIP audience to hear from Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chair of the BITC Scotland and Chief Executive of Virgin Money; Rob Guyler, Chief Financial Officer, EDF Energy; Tyrone Jones, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement, DWF and Simon Rawson, Manager of Social Impact and Sustainability, McKinsey & Co. The panel members shared their personal business experiences of the power of responsible business in action, which was chaired by Stephen Jardine.