award recognises United Utilities' impact on societySeptember 2000
United Utilities has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community awards for excellence for its ‘clearly defined approach to managing and accounting for its impact on society’.
Camelot and BAA were both commended in the Impact on Society category. The award recognises outstanding work in the field of corporate social responsibility and was won in its first two years by BT and Whitbread.
This is the second major prize in the CSR field for United Utilities, which won the UK Environment Report Awards earlier in the year. The home improvement company B&Q won two awards – a Business in the Environment Award for its work with suppliers on environmental and social policies and an innovation award for improving services for disabled people.
The environment award praised B&Q’s ‘Quest’ programme, which assesses suppliers on social, environmental and ethical criteria and then seeks to help them in a ‘non-dictatorial’ way .
Business in the Community, which is a business-led campaign to improve environmental and social responsibility, also handed a Community Investment Award to BT for its overall approach to community investment, and a Diversity Award to Lloyds TSB for its efforts to improve the career prospects of ethnic minority and female employees.
Awards for specific community programmes went to ICL for helping to regenerate Merseyside, Tate & Lyle for supporting young people in education and BG for its training work with young offenders.
Walkers Snacks and News International shared the cause related marketing award for their work in providing free books for schools with Avon Cosmetics, which was joint winner for its ‘crusade against cancer’ campaign.
John Studzinski, managing director at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and chair of Business Action on Homelessness, won the annual ambassador award for ‘leadership in corporate social responsibility’.
Nearly 600 companies entered the awards this year – 17 per cent more than in the previous year.
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