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