The financial services provider the Yorkshire Building Society was named Business of the Year at last night’s Business Charity Awards, which recognise the outstanding contribution UK companies make to good causes.
The building society won the top prize for its fundraising efforts and its commitment to volunteering. Last year, the building society introduced a policy that allows staff to take up to 31 hours of paid volunteering leave each year. A variety of different charities, including Marie Curie, which supports terminally ill people, and Silver Line, the confidential helpline for older people, have benefited from the support of YBS.
The awards took place at a black-tie event at the Hilton London Bankside, sponsored by Experian, the credit monitoring agency. The host for the evening was the journalist and radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Other winners on the night included the wild bird food producer Vine House Farm, which won Charity Partnership – Small Businesses for its partnership with The Wildlife Trusts; and the environmental services provider Veolia, which won Charity Partnership – Utilities and Services for its collaboration with the ex-offenders charity Blue Sky Development & Regeneration.
The awards also recognise the contribution that teams and individuals play in business-charity partnerships. The award for Outstanding Employee went to Matt Smith of Deloitte, who has been instrumental in raising more than £1m for the accountancy firm’s charity partners. The CSR team award was presented to the St Albans-based furniture contractor JPA, which has provided local charities with recycled furniture and stopped more than a 1,000 items from going to landfill.
The winners (click on names for write-ups)
Business of the Year Yorkshire Building Society
Outstanding Employee Matt Smith, Deloitte
CSR Team of the Year JPA Furniture
Charity Partnership – Small Businesses Vine House Farm with The Wildlife Trusts
Charity Partnership – Aerospace, Aviation & Automotive Jardine Motors Group with Whizz-Kidz
Charity Partnership – Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage Wholebake with Solar Aid
Charity Partnership – Energy & Industrial RPS Group with Tree Aid
Charity Partnership – Fashion, Retail & Leisure Halfords with Re~Cycle
Charity Partnership – Financial Services Nationwide Building Society with Macmillan Cancer Support
Charity Partnership – Health & Pharmaceuticals Lynx (Unilever) with Campaign Against Living Miserably
Charity Partnership – Legal Olswang with Carers Trust
Charity Partnership – Media & Entertainment Financial Times with Crisis
Charity Partnership – Professional Services Marsh & McLennan Companies with British Red Cross
Charity Partnership – Property & Construction Berkeley Group with The Change Foundation
Charity Partnership – Public Sector Greater London Authority with The Challenge
Charity Partnership – Telecoms & Technology Bluecube Technology Solutions with The Brain Tumour Charity
Charity Partnership – Travel & Hospitality Frankie & Benny’s with Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity
Charity Partnership – Utilities & Services Veolia with Blue Sky Development & Regeneration
Community Impact Capgemini with Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Consortium Award Forward Carers Consortium
Corporate Foundation Award Nationwide Foundation
Project of the Year CBRE EMEA with Plan International UK for Girls’ Education Challenge, Sierra Leone
Marketing Initiative of the Year Marks & Spencer with Breast Cancer Now for Spark Something Good and Help Beat Breast Cancer
Challenge Event of the Year Deloitte with Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UK for Deloitte Charity Challenge 2015
Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year Yorkshire Building Society for Corporate Volunteering Programme