Charities are being encouraged to enter Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards 2012, which recognise the contribution made to good causes by UK companies.
There are 18 categories, including new awards for CSR Team of the Year, Outstanding Employee and the Best Charity Partnership by a small business. The deadline for entry is Thursday 9 February 2012.
Judging will be by a panel of experts recruited by Third Sector. The awards presentation will take place at a black-tie dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London, on 15 May 2012.
The Charities Aid Foundation returns as headline sponsor of the awards, now in their third year.
Full details of the categories and how to enter are available at www.businesscharityawards.com.
Last year’s winners included collaborations or partnerships between businesses and charities such as PizzaExpress and Oxfam, Centrica and Camfed, and Lloyds Banking Group and the British Heart Foundation.
Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, urged charities to prompt their business partners to enter the awards. "The number of entries has been growing steadily, and the quality has been rising too," he said.
"There are some brilliant and innovative partnerships taking place, and and we hope they will put themselves forward to gain the recognition they deserve and inspire others."
Klara Kozlov, senior advisory manager at CAF, said: "Despite the difficult economic environment, many businesses have maintained their commitment to working with charities. We are seeing a growing trend of companies bringing more than money to their partnerships, and these awards recognise and celebrate those companies that are doing great things."