Companies rewarded for responsible actions

Derek Russell, Electric Ireland Ltd presents the award to Joe McCrystal, Danny Paton and Barry Donaghy from ISL Waste Management along with Tony Dunlea, Electric Ireland
Derek Russell, Electric Ireland Ltd presents the award to Joe McCrystal, Danny Paton and Barry Donaghy from ISL Waste Management along with Tony Dunlea, Electric Ireland

More than 500 business people gathered in Belfast on June 6 to see Northern Ireland’s leading responsible companies be rewarded for their actions.

It was a big night for Newtownabbey-based companies, with building contractor and civil engineering firm, McLaughlin & Harvey picking up the top award - NI Responsible Company of the Year. They also won the Business and Biodiversity Award.

Mallusk-based ISL Waste Management was named the Most Responsible Small Business, while Diageo Northern Ireland received a Big Tick in the BUPA Workwell and Workplace Talent and Skills Award categories.

An exceptional award was bestowed upon Michael Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, Operations, Bombardier Aerospace as he was announced as HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility in Northern Ireland.

Sponsored by Electric Ireland and held in association with Ulster Business Magazine, the annual awards highlight the best examples of the positive impact of businesses that are doing the right thing with their people, for the planet and in the places in which they operate. Commenting on the event, Roy Adair, Chair of Business in the Community Northern Ireland said: “These awards continue to inspire companies and it is clear that interest in our awards is as strong as ever.

“Each year the standard rises as more companies explore what it means to invest in doing business responsibly and reap benefits in terms of their workforce, local communities and the wider environment. Congratulations to McLaughlin & Harvey and to all other winners.”

For more information about Business in the Community, log on to www.bitcni.org.uk or telephone 9046 0606.