The independent charitable foundation the Berkeley Foundation won multiple awards at Third Sector’s 2020 Business Charity Awards, including the accolade of Business of the Year for its work with the London-based youth charity the Change Foundation.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards night was unable to take place as originally planned, but winners were nonetheless announced throughout the day on 27 May.
The foundation won both the Mid-Term Partnership of the Year award and Business of the Year for its support of Street Elite, a project working to upskill young people aged 16 to 24 living in some of London’s hardest-to-reach boroughs, and support them into making positive life choices using the power of sport.
As well as its partnership with Street Elite, the foundation’s resources are invested in seven long-term strategic partnerships, relationships with 20 local charities and a community investment fund.
“The Berkeley Foundation is a great example of an organisation going above and beyond to embed a culture of supporting community causes at all levels,” said Business Charity Awards judge Orlaith McGuinness, LBG development coordinator at Corporate Citizenship.
“Berkeley’s commitment to the communities it serves is only further strengthened by the outstanding level of employee engagement across the group.”
The Berkeley Foundation also won an award for Corporate Foundation of the Year.
Other winners included ITV’s Social Purpose Team, which won Corporate Social Responsibility Team of the Year, and the confectioner Cadbury, which was awarded Marketing Partnership of the Year for its Donate Your Words campaign in partnership with Age UK.
The manufacturing company Mechline Development won the 2020 Long-Term Partnership award for its 25-year relationship with the education and skills development charity MK Snap, helping to upskill adults with learning disabilities.
For a full list of the Business Charity Awards 2020 winners, visit the winners hub.