We’re really proud to have been named the Responsible Company of the Year at the Responsible Business Awards. The Awards, run by Business in the Community, celebrates businesses in Northern Ireland demonstrating strong, inclusive leadership, who continuously innovate to tackle pressing social issues and repair and rebuild our planet.
Beating tough competition, the judges recognised us for the support we give to our communities in Northern Ireland including:
· Our Northern Irish Community Champions completed over 20,000 hours volunteering and fundraising each year and we’ve donated over £1 million to local good causes.
· We are donating 100,000 meals annually to over 100 Northern Irish charities through our partnership with Fareshare and Trussell Trust,
· Our Tickled Pink fundraising is supporting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Research at Queen’s University in Belfast
· Our Northern Irish suppliers are participating in our ‘Sustain, Save and Exchange programme’ to share best environmental practise
· We hire for attitude and train for skill, with all our colleagues having access to individual learning and development.
The judges praised us for being: “An organisation that isn’t afraid to tackle tough and topical societal issues head on. From improving nutrition to tackling plastics, the breadth and depth of Asda’s responsible business activity is really impressive. It succeeded in taking a large ‘corporate’ strategy and making it local, ensuring its team brings colleagues, customers and suppliers with them along the way.”
Our Senior Director for Northern Ireland, George Rankin said: “We’re really proud to have won this prestigious award here in Northern Ireland, and to receive recognition from Business in the Community reflects the breadth and depth of our commitment to corporate responsibility, particularly around the communities we serve.”
Thank you to all our colleagues in Northern Ireland, and in the rest of our nations, for helping us really make a difference in our communities.