The annual awards, run by Business in the Community and supported by JP Corry and Ulster Business, seek to recognise and celebrate firms in Northern Ireland that are making a difference by taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues.
Those shortlisted for the NI Responsible Company of the Year Award will demonstrate positive impacts across its people, the planet and the places where it operates and advocates the benefits to encourage others to follow.
Commenting on this nomination, Niall Martindale, Director of Pricing and Regulation and Head of the CSR committee for firmus energy said:
“firmus energy has always instilled a strong corporate social responsibility culture into the business which delivers a very positive impact for our employees, who have full ownership of many of our initiatives. Integrating into the communities where we operate and contributing to important causes provides a more positive, rewarding and engaging workplace for our employees.’’
Some of the recent activities undertaken by firmus energy include school visits, sponsorships of a number of charities, nominated by staff, working with Habitat for Humanity and a number of other local environmental lead projects.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, 30th May during a ceremony to be held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Other categories include:
• NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Heron Bros.
• Investing in your Communities Award, sponsored by Caterpillar
• Responsible Digital Innovation Award, sponsored by Ciena
• Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Legal-Island
• Education Partnership Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy
• Employability and Jobs Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour
• Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox
• Responsible Product/Service Award, sponsored by Ciena
• One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Survitec
• Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port
Business in the Community NI’s Managing Director, Kieran Harding, said:
“Now more than ever, businesses are getting on with the job – demonstrating strong leadership and their commitment to their people, the planet and the places in which they are located. The Awards provide the perfect vehicle to showcase some of the best responsible business actions being taken by organisations here to ensure they are continuing to be a force for good in society.
“Once again, the calibre of entries for this year’s Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland was exceptionally high, and our judges found the shortlisting process a challenge. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all finalists the very best of luck and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the gala awards dinner at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 30 May where the winners will be announced.”