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.

Awards 2019 Timeline

  • Open for entries – 1 November 2018
  • Showcase & Share Breakfast – 10 December 2018
  • Closing date for applications – 22 February 2019
  • Judging days – 16 and 17 April 2019
  • Gala night – 30 May 2019

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. To find out more, please email Lisa McIlvenna or call (028) 9046 0606.

The UK Responsible Business Awards

Running alongside the awards in Northern Ireland is our UK-wide awards programme. 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. To find out more, visit

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

Winner: Heron Bros.

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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

Winner: Homecare Independent Living

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Digital Champion, sponsored by Fujitsu

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

Winner: Lidl Northern Ireland

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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

Winner: Pinsent Masons

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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

Winner: Westrock-MPS

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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

Winner: BT

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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

Winner: Farrans Construction

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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

Winner: Devenish Nutrition

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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.

Winner: Devenish Nutrition

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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

Winner: Baker McKenzie

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