The APCRG's Responsible Business Scheme

APCRG National Responsible Business Champion 2016

Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness Greengross, Co-Chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), announced on 6 July that Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has won the APCRG's 2016 National Responsible Business Champion award.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd received the award for which the company had been nominated by David TC Davies MP (Monmouth).

The APCRG National Responsible Business Champion 2016 was presented with the 2016 National Responsible Business Champion award by the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, at a reception in Parliament. The APCRG Responsible Business Champions scheme is supported by longstanding APCRG member National Grid plc, Business in the Community's Responsible Business of the Year 2014/15.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, nominated by David TC Davies MP (Monmouth), was chosen by a Parliamentary judging panel which looked at nominations from MPs representing constituencies across the UK. The runner-up was Zurich Insurance, nominated by both Robert Buckland MP (South Swindon) and Justin Tomlinson MP (North Swindon); Canary Wharf Group, nominated by Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Poplar and Limehouse) was third placed.

Three other companies: Anglian Water Services Ltd, nominated by Jonathan Djanogly MP (Huntingdon); Port of Blyth nominated by Ronnie Campbell MP (Blyth); and Xiros Limited nominated by Greg Mulholland MP (Leeds North West) - were highly commended by the Parliamentary judging panel.

The full Press Release can be found here.

Companies short-listed for the APCRG National Responsible Business Champions award 2016

Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness Greengross, the APCRG Co-Chairs, announced the companies shortlisted for its 2016 National Responsible Business Champion award on 15 June (see full statement).

  • adi Group Ltd nominated by Richard Burden MP (Birmingham, Northfield)
  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd nominated by David TC Davies MP (Monmouth)
  • Anglian Water Services Limited nominated by Jonathan Djanogly MP (Huntingdon)
  • Canary Wharf Group plc nominated by Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Poplar & Limehouse)
  • DS Smith Packaging, Launceston nominated by Scott Mann MP (North Cornwall)
  • Fluor UK nominated by Sir Gerald Howarth MP (Aldershot)
  • Johnson Matthey plc nominated by Sir Oliver Heald QC MP (North East Hertfordshire)
  • Kelvin Hair nominated by Patrick Grady MP (Glasgow North)
  • Manchester Airport nominated by Mike Kane MP (Wythenshawe & Sale East)
  • Marks & Spencer plc (Basingstoke) Rt Hon Mrs Maria Miller MP (Basingstoke)
  • Port of Blyth nominated by Ronnie Campbell MP (Blyth Valley)
  • Speciality Breads Ltd nominated by Roger Gale MP (North Thanet) & Craig Mackinlay MP (South Thanet)
  • Standard Life plc nominated by Ian Murray MP (Edinburgh South)
  • West & Coe Funeral Directors nominated by Jon Cruddas MP (Dagenham & Rainham)
  • Xiros Limited nominated by Greg Mulholland MP (Leeds North West)
  • Zurich Insurance nominated by Robert Buckland MP (South Swindon) & Justin Tomlinson MP (North Swindon)

Baroness Greengross said: "We feel this is a very strong shortlist. The overall standard of nominations from MPs this year was higher than last year, which means that some very good companies were not even long-listed for our National Responsible Business Champion award. Every company on this shortlist can feel very proud indeed not only to have the endorsement of their local MP as their Constituency Responsible Business Champion, but to be shortlisted in a very strong field for our national award."

Jonathan Djanogly MP said: "I am very pleased that two very small companies made the shortlist this year, which demonstrates that you do not have to be a big business to operate responsibly. Indeed many SMEs regard treating their staff, customers and suppliers well as just "good business", which it is. These shortlisted companies are distinguished from many others by the very significant contribution that they also make to their local communities, which has been recognised by their local MPs."

Joss Clarke, Head of EU & UK Public Affairs, National Grid, said: "National Grid is very pleased to support this Responsible Business Champions award scheme and we are delighted that more and more MPs are supporting it as well. Being chosen as an MP's Constituency Responsible Business Champion is a unique accolade and I'd like to congratulate all the companies who have achieved this in 2016. The APCRG has selected a very strong-short list and we look forward to hearing which of these Constituency Responsible Business Champions is chosen as the National Champion 2016."

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 6 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.

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.

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.

2015 APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award winner

London City Airport was the winner of the Group's first National Responsible Business Champion award. 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.

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).

The full details of the 2015 award winner and the 10 companies short-listed for the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award can be found here.