The most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business, these Awards offer the opportunity for Northern Ireland organisations to be recognised for their outstanding contributions to their people, the planet and the places where they operate.

Previous winners of these Awards have shown remarkable innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility. Not only did they demonstrate the positive impact they have had on society but also the business benefits. They run alongside our UK-wide awards programme.

Key Dates

  • Closing Date for entries 23 February 2018
  • Early Bird rate ends 30 March 2018
  • Shortlisting 9 – 23 March 2018
  • Shortlist released 30 March 2018
  • Judging 24 and 25 April 2018
  • Gala Night 24 May 2018

Three sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email Helen Bowman for a full proposal.

The UK Responsible Business Awards

Business in the Community’s UK Responsible Business Awards are the longest-running and most respected awards championing responsible business across the UK and abroad.

2018 Categories

NI Responsible Company of the Year Award, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport

For the company that best demonstrates positive impacts across its people, the planet and the places where it operates and advocates the benefits to encourage others to follow

Entry to this category is open only to companies that have achieved CORE: The Standard for Responsible Business and Business in the Community will directly invite all those that are eligible to enter.

Find out more about CORE


Building Stronger Communities Award, sponsored by the Department for Communities

For the organisation that best demonstrates a positive impact on communities through investing its time, resources and expertise to tackle disadvantage

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Digital Champion, sponsored by Fujitsu

For the organisation that best uses innovative, digital solutions to tackle environmental and social challenges

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Diversity & Inclusion Award, sponsored by Barclays

For the organisation that best demonstrates excellence in creating and developing a diverse and inclusive workplace which offers opportunities for all

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Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy

For the organisation that best demonstrates how its actions have helped raise the aspirations and achievements of young people (aged 4-19) through a solid business education partnership

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Employability Champion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour

For the organisation that best supports unemployed people by addressing employment across Northern Ireland through a wide range of initiatives

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Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox

For the organisation that best demonstrates significant commitment and contribution to environmental sustainability in Northern Ireland through an initiative or its activities

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Marketplace Leadership Award, available for sponsorship

Recognising organisations that are developing innovative products or services that inspire responsible customer behaviour and encourage more sustainable lifestyles

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One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Survitec

For a *recently joined Business in the Community member that has made significant progress in the development and implementation of its CR strategy. *This category is open to members who joined from January 2016 onwards only.

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Wellbeing at Work Award, available for sponsorship

For the organisation that demonstrates excellence in inspiring and supporting its employees to prioritise their health and wellbeing and embrace positive lifestyle choices

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