Richard Bernstein, chief executive of technology investment firm Eurovestech, scooped two awards at Third Sector’s inaugural Business Charity Awards last night.
The event, held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, was sponsored by Mandate Communications and hosted by BBC News presenter Huw Edwards.
Bernstein was chosen by judges as Business Charity Champion for inventing ‘share gifting’ and founding Share & Share Alike, a company that encourages publicly listed companies to donate shares to charitable causes. Bernstein also took home the Outstanding Individual award for innovation and the personal commitment he has shown to this cause.
Bernstein said when he collected his award: "This is about leadership, but it is also about following. To make things happen, we need people to follow our example."
Guests at the dinner also heard from Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society. "These awards are an opportunity to throw a spotlight on organisations that are working with charities and doing it well, and I think it puts out a message that encourages others to do more of the same," he said.
The Co-operative Group also won two awards. It secured the Employment Scheme award for its work in conjunction with Mencap, which has provided training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and the UK Project award for its five-year scheme with sport charity StreetGames, which has helped more than 1,200 young people get involved in sports volunteering.
Unilever was awarded the Charity Partnership award, which recognises mutually beneficial affiliations, for its 10-year alliance with parenting charity NCT. The company has sent procurement staff to help the charity and has also sponsored NCT events. Unilever gets exposure to hundreds of thousands of potential customers in return.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Business Charity Champion: Richard Bernstein, chief executive, Eurovestech
For the business leader who has done the most to harness corporate support for charity
Affinity Marketing: AXA and the RSPCA
For the company that ran the best affinity marketing scheme with a charity
Cause-related Marketing: Hovis and the Royal British Legion
For the cause-related marketing campaign that has done the most to benefit a charity
Challenge Team: GVA Grimley and Round Table Children's Wish
For staff involvement in a fundraising challenge for charity
Charity Partnership: Unilever and NCT
For the best collaboration between a company and a charity for mutual benefit
Corporate Foundation: DHL UK Foundation
For the foundation set up by a company that has done the most to help charity
Employee Engagement: Unity Trust Bank
For the company that has done the most to engage its workforce in helping a charity
Employment Scheme: The Co-operative Group and Mencap
For the company that has done the most to help a charity by offering employment, training, work experience or other employment-related benefits
Media Partnership: News International and Beatbullying
For a partnership between a media brand and a charity that has done the most to raise a charity’s profile
Outstanding Individual: Richard Bernstein, chief executive, Eurovestech
For the employee who has devised the most innovative or productive way for their company to support charity
Overseas Project: Eaga and Childreach International
For the company that has made the biggest difference through involvement with an overseas charity project
Social Investment: PLMR and the Springfield Community Flat Project
For the company that has implemented the most effective social investment initiative
UK Project: The Co-operative Group and StreetGames
For the company that has made the biggest difference through involvement with a charity project