The APCRG's Responsible Business Scheme

About the APCRG's Responsible Business Scheme

The APCRG formally launched its Responsible Business Champions scheme on 29 January 2015, when the Group's Co-Chairs, Sally Greengross and Jonathan Djanogly, wrote to all MPs inviting nominations for their Constituency Responsible Business Champions. The Officers were also delighted to announce that National Grid, one of the first Associate members of the APCRG and BITC's Responsible Business 2014, has agreed to sponsor the APCRG's Responsible Business Champion scheme for its first two years.

Sally Greengross says: "The Group has had a very positive relationship with National Grid for many years. Its work, often unacknowledged, plays a vital part in every community across our country and we are delighted that National Grid has agreed to be the inaugural sponsor of the APCRG's Responsible Business Champions scheme."

Nomination and selection process

Each year MPs are invited by the APCRG to identify an outstanding local business which, because of its positive impact in their constituency, deserves to be their Constituency Responsible Business Champion. A Parliamentary judging panel then considers MPs' nominations against national criteria announced each year by the APCRG and selects one company as the winner of the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award. In selecting a national winner the judging panel will consider a nominated company's overall impact in its constituency; the extent of employees' engagement in the work for which it has been nominated; support for the company's work from local partners; and the extent to which it goes beyond what the company is legally or contractually obliged to do.

MPs are sent certificates by the APCRG to present locally to their Constituency Responsible Business Champion. Nominating MPs are also invited to bring a representative of their Responsible Business Champion to the annual summer reception in Parliament at which the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award is presented.

Launch of the 2016 National Responsible Business Champion award criteria

On 27 January 2016 the APCRG announced the criteria against which nominated companies would be judged to select the 2016 APCRG National Responsible Business Champion. The judges will be looking for companies that are:

  • supporting the local community;
  • investing in healthy workplaces;
  • offering apprenticeships and training to all age groups;
  • promoting equality & diversity in the workplace, including
  • offering older people work opportunities; and
  • monitoring suppliers' actions on these issues.

The full list of APCRG Constituency Responsible Business Champions nominated by MPs in 2016 is available here.

Companies long-listed for the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award 2016

The full list of APCRG Constituency Responsible Business Champions nominated by MPs in 2016 is available here. The APCRG Co-Chairs, Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness Greengross, announced that the following companies had been long-listed for the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award 2016 on 25 May. A shortlist will be announced in June and the winner of the national award will be announced at the APCRG's Responsible Business Champions reception on 13 July, when the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, will present the winning company with the award.

Companies long-listed can be found here along with the accompanying press release.

2015 APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award winner

On 15 July 2015 in a reception in The State Rooms , Speaker's House, APCRG Co-Chair Jonathan Djanogoly MP announced that London City Airport had been chosen by a Parliamentary judging panel as the winner of the Group's first National Responsible Business Champion award. Declan Collier, Chief Executive of London City Airport, received the award for which the company had been nominated by Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP (East Ham). Fujitsu UK and Urban & Civic plc were highly commended by the judging panel and Marks & Spencer (Loughborough), nominated by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, was the runner up for the 2015 award.

The 10 companies short-listed for the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award were:

  • Bakkavor Welcome Foods nominated by Gloria De Piero MP (Ashfield)
  • Fujistu UK, Basingstoke nominated by Rt Hon Maria Miller MP (Basingtoke)
  • London City Airport Ltd nominated by Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP (East Ham)
  • Marks & Spencer plc, Loughborough nominated by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP (Loughborough)
  • Port of Tyne nominated by Emma Lovell-Buck MP (South Shields)
  • Sony UK Technology Centre nominated by Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Ogmore)
  • The Altro Group plc nominated by Sir Oliver Heald QC MP (North East Hertfordshire)
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn, No Mans Heath nominated by Rt Hon Stephen O'Brien MP (Eddisbury)
  • Urban & Civic plc nominated by Jonathan Djanogly MP (Huntingdon)
  • WrightBus Ltd nominated by Ian Paisley MP (North Antrim)

View the full press release with all the details of the short-listed companies here.