77 ​​NI organisations reach final stage of Responsible Business Awards​ 

Finalists in the 2023 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland have been announced.  

Finalists in the 2023 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland were announced this week 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, recognise, reward and celebrate inspirational and impactful businesses in Northern Ireland that are taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues.

Organisations making the finalists stage of the Awards are:

  • NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Encirc – To be announced at a later date
  • Climate Action Award, sponsored by Heron Bros – CB Contracts, Danske Bank, Hughes Insurance, Kier Group, Lyric Theatre, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Northern Ireland Housing Executive & Wrightbus
  • Collaborative Action Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox – Allstate Northern Ireland, Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd, GolfNow (NBC Sports Next), Habinteg Housing Ulster, Kier Group, Kilwaughter Minerals, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Phoenix Energy & SONI (System Operator Northern Ireland)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour – A&L Goodbody, Alexander Mann Solutions, Baker McKenzie, Bank of Ireland, Danske Bank, Grant Thornton, Hughes Insurance, Queen’s University Belfast & Translink
  • Education Partnership Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy – Almac Group, Kier Group & Version 1
  • Employer of Choice Award, sponsored by Ulster University – Allen and Overy Belfast, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Collins Aerospace, Henry Brothers, Heron Bros Ltd, Hughes Insurance, Northern Ireland Water, SHS Group & Viberoptix
  • Impact in Your Community Award, sponsored by SPAR NI – ABP, Kier Group, Kilwaughter Minerals, Norbrook Laboratories & Translink
  • One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by SONI – Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd, Hays Recruitment, RiverRidge & Viberoptix
  • Responsible Business Ambassador Award, sponsored by SSE Airtricity – Bethany Carroll, Hughes Insurance; Cara Marks, Hays Recruitment; Kellie-Ann Hoey, SHS Group; Michelle Hatfield, George Best Belfast City Airport; Philip Boyd, Kier Group; Rachael Andrews, Lewis Silkin NI; Sara-Louise Bowman, GolfNow (NBC Sports Next); and Simon Little, Danske Bank
  • Responsible Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by Allstate NI – AG Paving + Building Products, Empatheyes Ltd, Immersonal, Ulster University & Wrightbus
  • Responsible Product / Service Award, sponsored by Translink – Kiverco, NIE Networks, Responsible Plastic Management Program, Titanic Denim & Vyta
  • Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port – Almac, Baker McKenzie, Bank of Ireland, GRAHAM, Heron Bros Ltd, Queen’s University Belfast, SSE Airtricity, SHS Group, & Translink

The winners in each category will be announced at a glitzy gala event attended by over 600 guests in ICC Belfast on 7 September.

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community said: “We had a record number of entries in 2023 and the standard of these just keeps getting higher year-on-year. 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 20 and 21 June where they’ll bring their entry to life by presenting to a panel of three expert judges.

The Awards in 2023 are in partnership with key sponsor Henry Brothers, event partner JP Corry and in association with media partners Ulster Business and U105.

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