KPMG crowned Business of the Year at the Business Charity Awards

The company won the prize for its work over the past decade with the National Literacy Trust

(Photograph: Paul Hampartsoumian)
KPMG collects its award (Photograph: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The professional services firm KPMG has been named Business of the Year at the Business Charity Awards 2022. 

The awards, run by Third Sector, recognise the outstanding support given by businesses to UK charities and voluntary organisations.

The winners were announced at a black-tie dinner at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London, hosted by the comedian Sindhu Vee. 

KPMG was chosen for its work with the National Literacy Trust, which it has been working with for more than 10 years. 

The partnership has been collaborating with other businesses to found the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, which has led to a 93 per cent increase in businesses that are committed to placing literacy at the heart of their responsible business agendas.

The collaboration had earlier in the evening won the Consortium Award before taking the final prize of the night. 

Other winners among the 24 categories included the retail-to-funerals business Co-op, which scooped two awards – Consumer Goods/Food & Beverage and Employee Initiative of the year – for its partnership with the mental health charities Mind, SAMH and Inspire. 

The legal firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP also took home two awards, in the form of CSR Team of the Year, for its pro bono work, and the Legal category, for its link-up with the Social Investment Business. 

Richard Marriner from the pub chain JD Wetherspoon was named Outstanding Employee of the Year, while the collaborative work done by the retailer Asda with Breast Cancer Now and Coppafeel! won the Long-Term Partnership award. 

Best Digital Innovation, which was a new category, was won by the travel company Impala for its work with the carer support charity Carefree.

The insurance company Ansvar was the headline sponsor for this year's awards. 

The full list of winners: 

Automotive & Transport – Network Rail and Shelter

Banks and Financial Services – Yorkshire Building Society and Citizens Advice Partners

Best Emergency Response Project – GlaxoSmithKline and Save the Children

Best Digital Innovation – Impala and Carefree

Business of the Year – KPMG and the National Literacy Trust

Challenge Event of the Year – Aviva UK and Pancreatic Cancer UK

Community Impact – Aico and Willowdene Rehabilitation

Consortium Award – KPMG and the National Literacy Trust

Consumer Goods/Food and Beverage – The Co-operative Partnership, Mind, SAMH and Inspire

Corporate Foundation Award – Nisa Retail and Making a Difference Locally

CSR Team of the Year – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year – The Co-operative Partnership, Mind, SAMH and Inspire

Fashion and Retail – Helly Hansen and the RNLI

Legal – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Social Investment Business

Long-Term Partnership – Asda, Breast Cancer Now and Coppafeel!

Marketing Partnership of the Year – Salesforce and The Brain Tumour Charity

Media and Entertainment – Sky and WWF-UK

Mid-Term Partnership – The Burberry Foundation, Teach First and the Careers and Enterprise Company

Outstanding Employee – Richard Marriner

Project of the Year – Salesforce and Guide Dogs

Property and Construction – Szerelmey and Royal Trinity Hospice

Short-term partnership – Russell & Bromley and Home-Start UK

Sport, Travel and Leisure – Twinning Project and HMPSS

Telecoms and Technology – Amazon and Teach First

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