Businesses share one vision for the future of people and the planet as winners crowned at the Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland

Responsible business network Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITC) has announced the 2023 winners of the Responsible Business Awards at a gala event in Belfast, attended by more than 600 guests.

Winners in 11 responsible business-themed categories were announced at the black-tie event held at ICC Belfast which was hosted by presenters Mark Simpson and Sarah Travers.

The winners in 2023 were:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour – Danske Bank
  • Education Partnership Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy – Almac Group
  • Climate Action Award, sponsored by Heron Bros – Danske Bank
  • Collaborative Action Award, sponsored by Arthur CoxKier Group
  • Employer of Choice Award, sponsored by Ulster UniversityHeron Bros
  • Impact in Your Community Award, sponsored by SPAR NI – Norbrook Laboratories
  • Responsible Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by Allstate NI – Ulster University
  • One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by SONI – Viberoptix
  • Responsible Product / Service Award, sponsored by Translink – Vyta
  • Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port – GRAHAM
  • Responsible Business Ambassador Award, sponsored by SSE AirtricityKellie-Ann Hoey, SHS Group


2023 is the 18th year of the Awards which are run in partnership with key sponsor Henry Brothers and event partner JP Corry, along with media partners Ulster Business and U105.

On the night, six companies were lauded for their longstanding commitment to responsible business. Allen & Overy, Belfast Harbour, Henry Brothers, George Best Belfast City Airport, Openreach, and firmus energy have held CORE – The Standard for Responsible Business  accreditation since the prestigious accolade was launched 10 years ago.

Chris Conway, Chair of BITC and Chief Executive of Translink, commented: “These Awards are the best platform to bring the great work of Northern Ireland’s responsible businesses into the spotlight and celebrate organisations going beyond profit to make NI a better place to work and live.

“In the 10th year of CORE: The Standard for Responsible Business, it was particularly pertinent to profile those organisations who – despite the changing and challenging landscape of business and government in Northern Ireland over the past few years in particular – have remained committed to integrating responsible business into every avenue of their organisations.

“This is my last year as Chair of BITC, a role I have cherished. My support for everything BITC stands for is unwavering, and as always awards night is a fantastic opportunity to feel inspired by others and challenged to do more within my own organisation. I wish BITC and its members every success for the future.”

Recently recognised at the national Awards Awards as Bronze in Best Longstanding Awards Event, guests at this award-winning gala event enjoyed performances from West End musical spectacular We Will Rock You, with the musical feast created by award-winning producer and Ballyclare native, Paul Boyd.

For more information on each of the winners and the event, visit