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Large Responsible Business of the Year

25 July 2019

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Matt Appleby, Director of BITC Cymru alongside Dean Professor Rachel Ashworth and Professor Martin Kitchener

Cardiff Business School was one of nine organisations to be recognised at BITC Cymru’s Wales Responsible Business Awards on Thursday 27 June 2019.

The School saw off shortlist competition from Kingspan Insulated Panels to pick up the coveted Responsible Large Business of the Year Award.

The awards, which are considered the gold standard of responsible business achievement, are keenly fought for, stringently marked and independently scored.

Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: “This award is a tribute to the hard work of colleagues across the Business School...”

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“Our Public Value purpose means that we have encouraged, and are beginning to embed, a culture of responsibility within every area of our activity – teaching, research and engagement, and throughout our day-to-day operations.”

Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean and Head of School

“So, I’d like to offer my thanks and congratulations to all at the School for their role in this ongoing work.”

Highly sought-after

The nine winning organisations receiving praise and reward for their responsible business activity at a dinner held at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The event, hosted by BBC Cymru Wales’ Lucy Owen, was attended by over 350 representatives from businesses, the Third Sector and Government.

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BBC Cymru Wales’ Lucy Owen presenting the awards

Matt Appleby, Director of BITC Cymru, said: “We’re proud that our awards are seen as the gold standard of responsible business. They’re highly sought-after, not easy to secure and consequently a valuable accolade...”

“Our Awards recognise companies that make a positive difference – socially, environmentally and educationally – and reward those with a clear social purpose at their heart. It’s fantastic to see so many Welsh employers committed to delivering sustainable growth and prosperity across Wales.”

Matt Appleby, Director of BITC Cymru

The nine categories awarded at this year’s ceremony were: Large Business of the year, SME of the year, Environment, Education, Inspiring Young Talent, Wellbeing at Work, Diversity and Inclusion, Volunteering Impact and Community Partnership.

Among the winners were Rhondda Housing Association who picked up The Welsh Government SME of the Year Award, Pobl Group who claimed the ACT Training Inspiring Young Talent Award, South Wales Police secured the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Wellbeing at Work Award, Legal & General Wales received The GE Aviation Wales Diversity & Inclusion Award, Bouygues UK took home the NPTC Group of Colleges Education Award, Jehu Group were awarded the Wales & West Utilities Community Partnership Award, Kingspan Insulated Panels scooped the Wales Environmental Award and Principality Building Society secured the Volunteering Impact Award.

Award trophies in a row

Eight companies were also reaccredited for their ongoing commitment to responsible business:

  • Costain Ltd
  • ACT Training
  • Brecon Carreg Mineral Water
  • Principality Building Society
  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
  • Trivallis
  • IKEA Cardiff
  • Castell Howell Foods

Matt Appleby added: “With our Waste to Wealth environment summit grabbing the headlines a fortnight ago and our awards gaining such kudos this week, it’s fair to say that responsible business activity is, quite rightly, increasingly in the spotlight.”

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