APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award 2016

25 May 2016

Long-listed companies nominated by MPs for national award announced

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) has today (25 May) announced the companies long-listed for its National Responsible Business Champion award 2016, as selected by the Group’s Co-Chairs, Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness (Sally) Greengross.

This Responsible Business Champions scheme was introduced by the Group last year to encourage MPs to take a closer look at the activities of companies in their constituencies and consider the extent to which they are operating responsibly.

The Group received more than twice as many nominations (56) from MPs this year compared to last year, when the Responsible Business Champions scheme was first introduced. As last year, the Group received nominations from MPs representing constituencies across the UK.

The long-list of 25 companies will be narrowed down to a shortlist of companies to be announced in June. A Parliamentary judging panel will then select the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion, but the winner will not be announced until the APCRG’s Responsible Business Champions reception on 6 July 2016, when the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, will present the award to the national winner.

Two companies were nominated by 2 MPs this year: Speciality Breads (Sir Roger Gale & Craig Mackinlay) and Zurich Insurance (Robert Buckland & Justin Tomlinson).

Baroness Greengross said:
“We were delighted to receive more than twice as many nominations from MPs this year as last, which shows that the idea of nominating a local champion which exemplifies responsible business behaviour is catching MPs’ attention. Selecting the top 25 companies from a very strong field this year was difficult, but it was inspiring to read about the impact which some fantastic companies – large and small – are having on their local communities.

We are looking forward to welcoming the nominating MPs and representatives of their Constituency Responsible Business Champions to the reception we are holding in Parliament on 6 July, when we can celebrate their achievements together.

We are grateful to all the MPs who have taken the time, during a very busy period in the run-up to regional and Mayoral elections and the EU referendum, to support our scheme by nominating a company as their Constituency Responsible Business Champion”

Jonathan Djanogly MP said:
“I was not surprised that so many of my colleagues from the Commons wanted to draw attention to great companies in their constituencies. The companies nominated by MPs are going well beyond their core remit and making a real difference to their local communities, while treating their staff and customers well. These Constituency Champions really demonstrate what it means to be a responsible business and they can all be very proud to have been nominated by their MP.

We received many very strong nominations from MPs this year – including some wonderful small companies which are clearly deeply rooted in their local communities and want to support them. The beauty of our Responsible Business Champions scheme is that smaller companies have just as good a chance as larger companies of being nominated by their MPs because we asked MPs to nominate companies on the basis of their impact at a constituency level. As a result, small companies like Kelvin Hair, West & Coe or Zest St. Andrew’s can compete with major national firms like Standard Life or Northumbrian Water Group. Under other responsible business award schemes these larger companies
will dominate because of their impact at a national level.

We would also like to thank National Grid – a brilliant business itself and a longstanding APCRG member – for supporting our Responsible Business Champions scheme again this year.”

Constituency Responsible Business Champions long-listed for the RBC national award 2016
MP′s name Constituency RB Champion Constituency title
Graham Allen Carillion plc Nottingham North
Roberta Blackman-
Woods Northumbrian Water Group City of Durham
Robert Buckland Zurich Insurance South Swindon
Richard Burden adi Group Ltd Birmingham, Northfield
Ronnie Campbell Port of Blyth Blyth Valley
Jon Cruddas West & Coe Funeral Directors Dagenham & Rainham
David TC Davies Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd Monmouth
Jonathan Djanogly Anglian Water Services Limited Huntingdon
Michelle Donelan Good Energy Chippenham
Jim Fitzpatrick Canary Wharf Group plc Poplar & Limehouse
Sir Roger Gale Speciality Breads Ltd North Thanet
Stephen Gethins Zest St. Andrews North East Fife
Patrick Grady Kelvin Hair Glasgow North
Sir Oliver Heald Johnson Matthey plc North East Hertfordshire
Kris Hopkins Acorn Stairlifts Limited Keighley
Sir Gerald Howarth Fluor UK Aldershot
Mike Kane Manchester Airport Wythenshawe & Sale East
Emma Lewell-Buck Ford Engineering Group South Shields
Craig Mackinlay Speciality Breads Ltd South Thanet
Scott Mann DS Smith Packaging - Launceston North Cornwall
Maria Miller Marks & Spencer plc (Basingstoke) Basingstoke
Greg Mulholland Xiros Limited Leeds North West
Roger Mullin RB Grant Electrical Contractors Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath
Ian Murray Standard Life plc Edinburgh South
Keir Starmer Olswang LLP Holborn & St Pancras
Emily Thornberry Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Islington South &
Justin Tomlinson Zurich Insurance North Swindon

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