Nine companies reach gold standard for being the most responsible in Wales

Wales’ most responsible businesses were recognised last night at Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru’s Wales Responsible Business Awards 2019 dinner.
Twenty-five entries were received and nine winning companies were rewarded for their responsible business activity at the dinner, which was held at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, hosted by BBC Cymru Wales’ Lucy Owen and attended by 350 representatives from businesses, the third sector and government.
 
There were nine categories: Responsible Large Business of the year; Responsible SME of the year; Environment; Education; Inspiring Young Talent; Wellbeing at Work; Diversity and Inclusion; Volunteering Impact; and Community Partnership. 
 
The Wales Responsible Business Awards Winners 2019 were:
  • The BITC Cymru Responsible Large Business of the Year Award: Cardiff Business School
  • The Welsh Government SME of the Year Award: Rhondda Housing Association
  • The ACT Training Inspiring Young Talent Award: Pobl Group
  • The Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Wellbeing at Work Award: South Wales Police
  • The GE Aviation Wales Diversity & Inclusion Award: Legal & General Wales
  • The NPTC Group of Colleges Education Award: Bouygues UK
  • The Wales & West Utilities Community Partnership Award: Jehu Group 
  • The Wales Environmental Award: Kingspan Insulated Panels
  • The Volunteering Impact Award: Principality Building Society
 
The following companies were also reaccredited for their ongoing commitment to being a responsible business:
  • Costain Ltd
  • ACT Training
  • Brecon Carreg Mineral Water
  • Principality Building Society
  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
  • Trivallis
  • IKEA Cardiff
  • Castell Howell Foods
 
Director of BITC Cymru Matt Appleby said:
 
“We’re proud that our awards are seen as the gold standard of responsible business. They are highly sought-after, not easy to win and independently judged – and consequently a valuable accolade. 
 
“Our awards recognise companies that make a positive difference – socially, environmentally and educationally – and reward those with a clear social purpose at their heart. It’s fantastic to see so many Welsh employers committed to delivering sustainable growth and prosperity across Wales. 
 
“With our Waste to Wealth environment summit grabbing the headlines a fortnight ago and our awards gaining such kudos this week, it’s fair to say that responsible business activity is, quite rightly, increasingly in the spotlight.”
 
BITC Chair Steve Hughes CEO of Principality Building Society added:
“We had another fantastic evening celebrating more inspiring achievements by Wales’ most conscientious and responsible businesses. The standard of entries gets higher and higher – as commitment to sustainability increasingly becomes the norm – and the winners have done remarkable thing in their fields.” 
 
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Further information
1. Please contact Lowri ap Robert at lowri.aprobert@bitc.org.uk or 029 20 780 050 for details.
2. BITC Cymru is grateful to the awards sponsors without whom this event could not be staged. They are: ACT Training; Welsh Government; Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water; G E Aviation; NPTC Group of Colleges; Wales & West Utilities 
3. Legal and General are thanked for being generous table sponsors of the Wales RB Awards 2019
4. Full details, including all shortlisted companies by category, may be found on BITC Cymru’s website
 
About Business in the Community 
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. 
 
We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network. www.bitc.org.uk
 

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