Henry Brothers Ltd has been named NI Responsible Company of the Year at Business in the Community’s 2021 Responsible Business Awards at an online celebration event on 7 September.
A panel of independent judges awarded Henry Brothers with the prestigious award for demonstrating the implementation of a wide range of successful corporate responsibility initiatives that strategically address key issues and challenges in a way that creates value for both society and the business.
Ian Henry (CR Director), said,
“We are truly delighted to be announced as Business in the Community NI Responsible Company of the Year during what has been an unprecedented year for us all, but a year in which being a responsible business has never been more important. Throughout the year we have all witnessed and developed a new appreciation for even the simplest acts of kindness and a willingness to help others. It has also taught us that we are ‘Altogether Stronger’ and more resilient when we support each other, particularly during difficult times.
Winning this prestigious award would not have been possible without the engagement and support of our entire workforce and many stakeholders. So, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic achievement.”
Winners in all eleven responsible business categories were announced at a hybrid Awards event, hosted in-studio by TV and weather presenter Barra Best and broadcast live across Business in the Community’s digital platforms.
Northern Ireland’s leading responsible companies were recognised for outstanding contributions to their people, the planet and the places where they operate, with categories that cover all themes in responsible business, including wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, environment, community, digital innovation, and more.
The Awards, organised by responsible business network Business in the Community, take place every year and in 2021 the event was run in partnership with JP Corry, SPAR and Department for Communities, and in association with Ulster Business and U105.
The eleven 2021 winners were:
- NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Asda – Henry Brothers Ltd
- Age-Friendly Business Award, sponsored by Age-Friendly Network – Bank of Ireland
- Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour – AMS
- Education Partnership Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy – Heron Bros. Ltd
- Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Heron Bros – Danske Bank
- Innovation in Employability Award, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport – Translink
- Investing in Your Community Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox – PwC
- Responsible Digital Innovation Award, sponsored by Allstate NI – Sentireal Ltd
- One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Ciena – Dowds Group
- Responsible Product / Service Award, sponsored by Translink – Huhtamaki
- Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port – Northern Ireland Water
Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community says: “Congratulations to each of the winning organisations for leading the way in responsible business. This year has been really challenging for a lot of businesses and people in Northern Ireland, so I want to thank our winning, highly commended and shortlisted organisations for continuing to make responsible business action a priority.
“The judging process of the Awards is robust, and the standard of entries was phenomenally high this year. All winners demonstrated true leadership in the area of responsible business and their entries are sure to inspire others in their own responsible business journey.”
Online attendees of the event enjoyed a community digital showcase highlighting positive stories of business action for the benefit of communities during the past year. The soundtrack to the showcase was uplifting original song ‘Calendar’ by Northern Ireland singer Daisie Conway, and the specially commissioned poem ‘Defining Hope’ screened at the event was written and performed by Belfast-based poet Niamh McNally.
For more information on the Awards and to see a full list of 2021 winners, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/awards.