GSK wins the top prize at the Business Charity Awards

The pharmaceutical company's partnership with Save the Children has saved tens of thousands of lives

GSK won Business of the Year
GSK won Business of the Year

The pharmaceutical company GSK has been crowned 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 TV historian Suzannah Lipscomb.

GSK’s long-standing partnership with Save the Children has harnessed expertise from both organisations to reach more than 2.6 million children in 41 countries, including treating more than 187,000 children for malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea.

The collaboration had earlier won the Charity Partnership, Health, Beauty & Pharmaceuticals award.

Save the Children’s partnership with Entertainment One, owners of the Peppa Pig cartoon character, won the Charity Partnership, Media & Entertainment award.

Whizz-Kidz, which provides equipment to disabled children and young people, was also named in two winning partnerships.

Its collaboration with Jardine Motors Group won the Automotive & Transport category while its link-up with Simply Business was named the winner in the Financial Services bracket.

Other winners on the night included Yorkshire Building Society, which was crowned CSR Team of the Year, while the Axis Foundation, the charitable arm of the contractor Axis, was named Foundation of the Year.

Susan Barrowman, charity manager at the retailer Harrods, was named Outstanding Employee for her exceptional commitment to raising funds for the NSPCC.

The full list of winners

Charity Partnership, Fashion and Retail – Hobbycraft with Together for Short Lives   

Charity Partnership, Professional Services – KPMG with the City Academy, Hackney

Charity Partnership, Media & Entertainment – Entertainment One (Peppa Pig) with Save the Children

Charity Partnership, Legal – Weil, Gotshal & Manges with the Sick Children's Trust

Charity Partnership, Health, Beauty & Pharmaceuticals – GSK with Save the Children UK

Charity Partnership, Automotive & Transport – Jardine Motors Group with Whizz-Kidz

Charity Partnership, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage – the Co-op with the British Red Cross      

Charity Partnership, Financial Services – Simply Business with Whizz-Kidz

Charity Partnership, Property & Construction – Bellway Homes with Cancer Research UK

Charity Partnership, Sport, Travel & Leisure – First Choice Holiday Villages with Tommy's

Marketing Partnership of the Year – Lloyds Bank with Macmillan Cancer Support

Challenge Event of the Year – Tesco National Charity Partnership with the British Heart Foundation & Diabetes UK for the Great Tesco Walk         

Project of the Year – Prudential UK with Royal Voluntary Service for First Time for Everything

Corporate Foundation – Axis Foundation

Consortium – Tesco National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation

Community Impact – Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society with Little Havens Children's Hospice and others

Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year – Heathrow for Mojo

Outstanding Employee – Susan Barrowman, Harrods

CSR Team of the Year – Yorkshire Building Society

Business of the Year – GSK

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