AstraZeneca crowned Business of the Year at the Business Charity Awards

The company won the prize, awarded at a black-tie dinner in London last night, for its work with the children's charity Plan International UK

The AstraZeneca team accepts the award for its Plan International UK partnership
The AstraZeneca team accepts the award for its Plan International UK partnership

The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has won Business of the Year at Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards, which recognise the outstanding contribution that UK companies make to good causes.

The winners of the awards were announced last night at a black-tie dinner at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London, hosted by the comedian and broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika.

The company won the prize for its work with the children’s charity Plan International UK to reduce non-communicable diseases around the world by giving young people information about how they can lead healthy lives.

The partnership had earlier won the award for the best Charity Partnership – Health, Beauty and Pharmaceuticals.

HSBC won both the Short-term Partnership and the Charity Partnership – Banks awards for its work with the Alzheimer’s Society.

The partnership included a commitment by the bank to become a dementia-friendly business and raise £3m for the charity.

Other winners included the Innocent Foundation, which won the Corporate Foundation Award, Southern Co-op, which won CSR Team of the Year, and Airbus Operations, which took home the Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year award for its work with the British Heart Foundation.

Deliveroo won Marketing Partnership of the Year for its initiative with Missing People through which the bags of the company’s delivery riders in major cities were turned into mobile billboards publicising appeals for missing people.

Tim Hyde, workplace coach at Medway Mail Centre, Royal Mail, was named Outstanding Employee for his exceptional contribution to the company’s partnership with Action for Children.

The full list of winners

Challenge Event of the Year Covea with the Alzheimer's Society

Marketing Partnership of the Year Deliveroo with Missing People

Charity Partnership – Automotive & Transport Vanarama & Vanarama National League with Prostate Cancer UK

Charity Partnership – Consumer Goods/Food & Beverages Warburtons with Cancer Research UK

Charity Partnership – Fashion and Retail Moomin with Oxfam

Charity Partnership – Banks and Building Societies HSBC Bank with the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland

Charity Partnership – Health, Beauty & Pharmaceuticals AstraZeneca with Plan International UK

Charity Partnership – Legal Allen & Overy with War Child

Charity Partnership – Telecoms & Technology TalkTalk Group with Ambitious about Autism

Charity Partnership – Financial Services Morgan Stanley with the NSPCC

Charity Partnership – Media & Entertainment Warner Bros Entertainment with AMPAS, BAFTA, BFI, Chickenshed, Glasgow Caledonian University, IADT, Into Film, NFTS, Rada, Ravensbourne, ScreenSkills & the University of Hertfordshire

Charity Partnership – Professional Services Deloitte with Ada, the National College for Digital Skills

Charity Partnership – Property & Construction Landsec with Bounce Back

Charity Partnership – Sport, Travel & Leisure easyJet with Unicef UK

Community Impact Taylors of Harrogate, Matthew Algie and Marks & Spencer with Twin

Short-term Partnership HSBC with the Alzheimer's Society

Mid-term Partnership Microsoft with UK Youth

Long-term Partnership Gloucestershire Gateway with the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust

Consortium Award Asda with FareShare and the Trussell Trust

Corporate Foundation Award the Innocent Foundation

CSR Team of the Year Southern Co-op

Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year Airbus Operations with the British Heart Foundation

Project of the Year Saint Gobain UK with Barnardo's

Outstanding Employee Tim Hyde, Royal Mail Group

Business of the Year AstraZeneca with Plan International UK

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