Big awards announcement for responsible business

Finalists in the 2024 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland have been announced, at a breakfast event with sponsors, partners and judges hosted by Belfast-based radio station and Awards media partner U105.

These annual Awards, organised by responsible business network Business in the Community and supported by key sponsor Henry Brothers, recognise, reward and celebrate inspirational and impactful businesses in Northern Ireland that are taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues.

The Finalists are as follows:

  • NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Encirc – Allstate Northern Ireland; Belfast Harbour; firmus energy; Foyle Food Group; Gilbert-Ash; JP Corry; Moy Park; and SHS Group
  • Climate Action Award, sponsored by Heron Energy – Dowds Energy Solutions; Larchfield Estate; Power NI (Energia Group); Queen’s University Belfast; Translink; and Version 1
  • Collaborative Action Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox – Abbey Centre; ABP Northern Ireland; Allstate Northern Ireland; Bank of Ireland; Genesis Advertising; Kilwaughter Minerals; Progressive Building Society; Ulster University; and WOVEN
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour – A&L Goodbody; AMS Ltd; Bank of Ireland; Cubis Systems Ltd; First Derivative; SSE Airtricity; Texthelp; Translink; and Zesty
  • Employer of Choice Award, sponsored by Ulster University – Belfast Harbour; Cleaver Fulton Rankin; Encirc; Finnebrogue; Henderson Group; Heron Bros Ltd; JP Corry; Queen’s University Belfast; SHS Group; SSE Airtricity
  • Impact in Your Community Award, sponsored by SPAR NI – AG Paving + Building Products; Allstate Northern Ireland; Danske Bank; Fibrus; Kilwaughter Minerals; Moy Park; NI Water; Power NI (Energia Group) and Ulster Bank
  • Nature & Biodiversity Award, sponsored by SONI – Breedon; Encirc; GRAHAM; National Museums Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Water; Northstone Materials Limited; and Translink
  • One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Danske Bank – Eakin Healthcare; Metal Technology Ltd; Version 1; Vyta; and Zing Group
  • Responsible Business Ambassador Award, sponsored by SSE Airtricity – Cara Marks, Hays; Diarmuid Mullan, Heron Bros Ltd; and Stanley Hair, McLaughlin & Harvey
  • Responsible Product / Service Award, sponsored by Translink – Camden Group Ltd; Climate Essentials; Inclutech; and Responsible Plastic Management Program
  • Responsible Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by Allstate NI – Translink & BT; Climate Essentials; and Inclutech
  • Skills & Education Award, sponsored by A&O Shearman – Bank of Ireland; Belfast City Airport; Caterpillar NI; Choice Housing; CME Group; First Derivative; Kilwaughter Minerals; McLaughlin & Harvey; The Irish News; and Ulster Bank
  • Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port – AG Paving + Building Products; Bank of Ireland; CARD Group Research & Insight; Cleaver Fulton Rankin; GCD Technologies; RPS; SHS Group; SSE Airtricity; and Texthelp

The winners in each category will be announced at a glitzy gala event attended by over 600 guests in ICC Belfast on 5 September.

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community said: “We had a record-breaking number of entries in 2024 and the standard just keeps getting higher year-on-year, it’s a very competitive process. Businesses in Northern Ireland are stepping up for their people, the planet and the places where they operate and it’s wonderful to be able to recognise this through the Awards. All of the Finalists should be really proud they made it to this stage of our robust judging process.”

The Finalists will attend judging panels held at Innovation Factory, Springfield Road, Belfast on 25 and 26 June where they’ll bring their entry to life by presenting to a panel of three expert judges.

The Awards in 2024 are in partnership with key sponsor Henry Brothers, event partner JP Corry and in association with media partners Ulster Business and U105, and communications partner Lanyon Communications.

For more information on the Awards gala event and to see a full list of finalists, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/awards.