Posted: 2 June 2014
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Ticking all the right boxes
Ticking all the right boxes

National Grid is short-listed for national responsible business award

City Year is just one example of National Grid's extensive support for charities and community projects. City Year is a charity that encourages young people to volunteer for projects that will benefit deprived areas.

“The concept of responsibility sits at the heart of National Grid.”

Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid

Business in the Community (BITC) announced today the short-list for its highest accolade – the Responsible Business of the Year award – and National Grid is one of only three companies to achieve the honour.

In addition to making the shortlist, the business has been recognised with a BITC ‘Big Tick’ accolade for the way it has built corporate responsibility into every aspect of its organisation.

Initiatives like Careers Lab – which partners business with education to develop the next generation of skills – and Step up 2 Serve – which encourages youth engagement in the community, were seen as great examples of how National Grid is creating value for both society and the business through its corporate responsibility strategy, Making Connections.

Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid, said: “To be recognised in this way means a huge amount to everyone at National Grid and is testament to both our employees and those in the community who have worked so hard to make our engagement programmes such a success.

“The concept of responsibility sits at the heart of National Grid. We have a social purpose beyond providing heat and light and this runs through everything we do.”

Caroline Hooley, Corporate Responsibility and Sponsorships Manager, said: “This is the first time BITC has made this accolade a standalone submission and it’s a great achievement to make it this far. To be seen as leaders in this field truly exciting!”

The winner of the BITC’s Responsible Business of the Year award will be announced at the National Gala on July 8.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all. I congratulate National Grid for its Big Tick, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”

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