Business Charity Awards: Business of the Year - Winner: British Gas

For a business that has excelled in helping the wider community by embedding a culture of supporting charitable causes at all levels of the organisation

British Gas
British Gas

Who does it support?

The energy supplier supports the housing and homelessness charity Shelter and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. It also runs the British Gas Energy Trust, which offers grants to householders to clear their fuel debts, and runs a scheme for staff to adopt a local charity.

What is it doing?

Last October British Gas entered into a five-year partnership called Better Homes for Britain with Shelter, which aims to raise accommodation standards in one million homes in the private rented sector. British Gas staff have also collected money for the charity and donated goods to its shops. In 2012, some of them raised £750,000 for GOSH by cycling 760 miles in nine days. BGET made almost 17,000 grants last year, totalling £10.5m, which were used to clear existing debts of customers and provide financial advice. Staff can also vote for local charities that they would like to support and the company gives them two days of paid volunteering.

Why did it win?

Most companies select a single charitable partner, but British Gas supports a range of initiatives and works with both large and small charities. It actively involves staff at all levels in its charitable work and provides more than just financial support.

What did the judges say?

Richard Eggleshaw, communications manager at BMW Group, said: "There is a superb fit in terms of the connections with charities and providing lasting benefits."

Highly commended

SICL

Finalists

- Cisco

- Lloyds Banking Group

- Salesforce.com.

Award sponsored by Experian.

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