Affinity Sutton’s acclaimed Community Investment programme – which supports more than 10,000 people each year – has retained its Big Tick status in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2012 Awards for Excellence.
The Big Tick is the first level of award available to entrants of BITC’s national Awards for Excellence, which recognises inspirational programmes that are making a positive impact on the community, the environment or wider society. It is the second year Affinity Sutton has been recognised for its work Building Stronger Communities after being named an Example of Excellence in the Building Stronger Communities category in 2011 – the reaccreditation demonstrates its continuing positive impact.
Business in the Community’s The Awards for Excellence recognise the powerful and positive role that business is playing in local communities by awarding companies for the impact and innovation of their responsible business programmes across a number of categories. The awards are given to companies who demonstrate their leadership on the key social and environmental issues where business can make a difference at local, national and international levels.
Phil Miles, Director of Regeneration and Communities for Affinity Sutton, said: “We are delighted to have retained our Big Tick for 2012 which demonstrates our continued commitment to investing our communities and the lasting impact we have achieved. As a business for social purpose, corporate responsibility is integrated it into our business strategy and we know that we cannot build a successful sustainable business without investing in our customers, communities and staff.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Affinity Sutton for achieving a reaccreditation for their Community Investment programme. There has never been a better time to showcase that business can be a force for good – for the mutual benefit of both business and the communities in which they operate. Our Awards for Excellence are all about celebrating responsible business and Affinity Sutton has demonstrated that they can have a positive impact on society and people without losing focus on their business.”
Affinity Sutton’s Big Tick will be announced in a supplement in the Financial Times on 30 May 2012. The best of the Big Tick winners will go forward to judging panels to identify an overall winner in each category. The overall winners will be announced in London at the Awards for Excellence Gala Event on 27 June 2012.
As part of BITC’s 30th anniversary the 2012 Awards for Excellence will challenge businesses to do more, make a bigger difference and place responsible business at the heart of how they plan for the long term.
For further information about the 2012 Awards categories and sponsors, visit www.bitc.org.uk/awards