The Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland – the most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business.

The 2024 Responsible Business Awards in NI | Finalists Annnounced

The Awards showcase transformational stories of businesses taking real action to build thriving communities and have celebrated those businesses demonstrating strong, inclusive leadership, who continually innovate to tackle pressing social issues and to repair and rebuild our planet.   

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Awards Process & Criteria

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Awards Categories 2024

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NI RESPONSIBLE COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD

For the company that best demonstrates positive impacts across its people, the planet and the places where it operates, and encourages other businesses to follow its example.

FINALISTS: Allstate Northern Ireland; Belfast Harbour; firmus energy; Foyle Food Group; Gilbert-Ash; JP Corry; Moy Park; and SHS Group

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CLIMATE ACTION AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates a significant commitment and contribution to climate action in Northern Ireland.

FINALISTS: Dowds Energy Solutions; Larchfield Estate; Power NI (Energia Group); Queen’s University Belfast; Translink; and Version 1

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COLLABORATIVE ACTION AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates how it has maximised its positive impacts by going beyond its core business activities to collaborate with or support another organisation/s, business, or group, to make a greater positive impact on society and/or the environment.

FINALISTS: Abbey Centre; ABP Northern Ireland; Allstate Northern Ireland; Bank of Ireland; Genesis Advertising; Kilwaughter Minerals; Progressive Building Society; Ulster University; and WOVEN

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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD

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

FINALISTS: A&L Goodbody; AMS Ltd; Bank of Ireland; Cubis Systems Ltd; First Derivative; SSE Airtricity; Texthelp; Translink; and Zesty

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EMPLOYER OF CHOICE AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates how it is committed to creating a culture where employees thrive, and adopts an agile, flexible, and strategic approach to employee retention and development.

FINALISTS: Belfast Harbour; Cleaver Fulton Rankin; Encirc; Finnebrogue; Henderson Group; Heron Bros Ltd; JP Corry; Queen’s University Belfast; SHS Group; and SSE Airtricity

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IMPACT IN YOUR COMMUNITY AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates a positive impact on communities, going beyond its core business to invest time, resources, and expertise to tackle one or more key social issues.

FINALISTS: AG Paving + Building Products; Allstate Northern Ireland; Danske Bank; Fibrus; Kilwaughter Minerals; Moy Park; NI Water; Power NI (Energia Group) and Ulster Bank

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NATURE & BIODIVERSITY AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates a significant commitment and contribution to improving biodiversity and the natural environment in Northern Ireland.

FINALISTS: Breedon; Encirc; GRAHAM; National Museums NI; Northern Ireland Water; Northstone Materials Limited; and Translink

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ONE-TO-WATCH AWARD

A member organisation that has joined Business in the Community since January 2022 and has made significant progress in the development and implementation of its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Strategy.

FINALISTS: Eakin Healthcare; Metal Technology Ltd; Version 1; Vyta; and Zing Group

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RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS AMBASSADOR AWARD

For an individual who has made a significant contribution to responsible business practice within their organisation and in the wider business community, with a positive impact on people and the planet.

FINALISTS: Cara Marks, Hays; Diarmuid Mullan, Heron Bros Ltd; and Stanley Hair, McLaughlin & Harvey

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RESPONSIBLE PRODUCT/SERVICE AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates its use of innovative solutions to tackle an environmental or social challenge.

FINALISTS: Camden Group Ltd; Climate Essentials; Inclutech; and Responsible Plastic Management Program

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RESPONSIBLE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates its use of innovative technology to make a positive impact on people, planet and/or the communities where it works.

FINALISTS: Translink & BT; Climate Essentials; and Inclutech

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SKILLS & EDUCATION AWARD

For the organisation that best demonstrates how its actions have helped inspire and support young people (aged 4-19) and/or people facing barriers to work to develop the skills they need for a successful working life.

FINALISTS: Bank of Ireland; Belfast City Airport; Caterpillar NI; Choice Housing; CME Group; First Derivative; Kilwaughter Minerals; McLaughlin & Harvey; The Irish News; and Ulster Bank

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WELLBEING AT WORK AWARD

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

FINALISTS: AG Paving + Building Products; Bank of Ireland; CARD Group Research & Insight; Cleaver Fulton Rankin; GCD Technologies; RPS; SHS Group; SSE Airtricity; and Texthelp

Be part of the responsible business network in NI

These Awards provide a platform to showcase and celebrate the most innovative and inspirational responsible businesses. As the only Awards dedicated to responsible business in NI, this is a unique opportunity for leaders in all areas of corporate responsibility to be recognised and rewarded for going beyond profit to be a force for good for society and the environment, and its serves as a way to inspire others to follow suit."

Vicky Davies, Chair, Business in the Community NI

KEY DATES

  • Finalists judging panels:  
  • 25 June
    • Climate Action Award sponsored by Heron Energy
    • Collaborative Action Award sponsored by Arthur Cox
    • Impact in Your Community Award sponsored by SPAR NI
    • NI Responsible Company of the Year sponsored by Encirc
    • Wellbeing at Work Award sponsored by Larne Port
    • Responsible Business Ambassador sponsored by SSE Airtricity
    • Responsible Technology Innovation Award sponsored by Allstate NI
     
  • 26 June
    • Diversity & Inclusion Award sponsored by Belfast Harbour
    • Employer of Choice Award sponsored by Ulster University
    • Nature & Biodiversity Award sponsored by SONI
    • One-to-Watch Award sponsored by Danske Bank
    • Responsible Product/Service Award sponsored by Translink
    • Skills & Education Award sponsored by A&O Shearman
     
  • 5 September | Winners announced at Awards gala dinner

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