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ScottishPower is top dog

September 2002

The breadth and depth of Scottish Power’s corporate social responsibility programme have won it the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for Excellence.

The energy group took the award for its ‘wide ranging’ environmental and community investment programmes, which judges said were ‘part of its DNA’ and ‘combined within a coherent CSR framework’.

ScottishPower was especially praised for strong equal opportunities policies and its commitment to offering renewable energy, which has made it the UK’s biggest ‘green energy’ provider with 28 per cent of this market. It also donated £10million ($15.5m) in cash, goods, services and staff time to the community during 2000/1.

KPMG was highly commended in the same category for its overall commitment to CSR. Previous winners of the award, which is now in its fifth year, have been BT, Whitbread, United Utilities and the Co-operative Bank.

Winners of ten other categories in the Bitc awards included the management consultancy Bain & Company, which took the Community Investment Award for involving 70 per cent of staff in community activities in 2001.

Mike Mills, chief executive of Ulster Carpets Group, won the Ambassador Award for leadership in corporate responsibility, both for work within his company and at Business in the Community Northern Ireland, which he chairs.

Sir Nicholas Montagu, chairman of the Inland Revenue, also won an Ambassador Award for leading a major initiative to engage employees in the community.

This year’s awards were verified by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability, which reviewed judging procedures.


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