The APCRG's Responsible Business Scheme

2018 National Responsible Business Champion scheme & new Sponsor

The APCRG Co-Chairs, Jonathan Djanogly MP and Sally Greengross, have announced the criteria which will be used by the Parliamentary judging panel to select the 2018 National Responsible Business Champion. They will be looking for a company which is:

  • supporting the local community;
  • investing in healthy workplaces;
  • offering apprenticeships and training;
  • working to reduce their environmental impact; and
  • working with suppliers & SMEs to support responsible business practice.

The Co-Chairs also announced that Anglian Water Services Limited will be the new sponsor of the Responsible Business Scheme. Jonathan Djanogly MP said: "I invited Anglian Water Services to join the APCRG in 2015 because I knew it is a fantastic company, one which I was delighted to nominate as my own Constituency Responsible Business Champion in 2016 because it has led best practice on many issues, especially inclusion, well-being and sustainability. In 2017 Rebecca Harris nominated it as her Constituency Champion for its strong leadership on flood risk reduction and resilience work, as well as its commitment to inclusion, wellbeing and the health of its employees. For all these reasons we are delighted that Anglian Water Services will be supporting the Responsible Business Champions scheme until 2020."

About the APCRG's Responsible Business Scheme

The APCRG 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 scheme was supported from 2015-2017 by National Grid, one of the first Associate members of the APCRG and BITC's Responsible Business of the Year 2014.

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 nominated as their Constituency Responsible Business Champion. A Parliamentary judging panel then considers the companies nominated by MPs against national criteria announced each year by the APCRG and selects one company as the winner of the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award.

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 Constituency Responsible Business Champion to the annual Responsible Business Champions reception in Parliament at which the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award is presented.

The nomination form can be found here.

APCRG National Responsible Business Champion 2017

Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness Greengross, Co-Chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), announced on 22 November that Zurich Insurance has won the APCRG's 2017 National Responsible Business Champion award.

RBC award 2017
Sarah Newton MP, Sophie Timms, Baroness Greengross, Jonathan Djanogly MP & Rhian Kelly

Sophie Timms, Head of Media, Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility for Zurich Insurance, was presented with the 2017 National Responsible Business Champion award by Sarah Newton MP, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, 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. Rhian Kelly, Head of Public Affairs at National Grid, congratulated all the Constituency Responsible Business Champions on being nominated by their MPs and spoke briefly about National Grid's EmployAbility programme through which it provides supported internships for young people with learning disabilities aged 17 - 25 and a toolkit they have created to help other employers.

Zurich Insurance was nominated by Justin Tomlinson MP (North Swindon) It was chosen by a Parliamentary judging panel which looked at nominations from MPs representing constituencies across the UK. The runner-up was Standard Life Aberdeen, nominated by both Ian Murray MP (Edinburgh South) and Christine Jardine MP (Edinburgh West); Thanet Earth, nominated by Sir Roger Gale MP (North Thanet) was third placed. Three other companies were highly commended by the Parliamentary judging panel: Anglian Water Services Ltd nominated by Rebecca Harris MP (Castle Point); intu properties plc nominated by Kate Green MP (Stretford and Urmston); and Marks and Spencer plc (Basingstoke) nominated by Rt Hon Maria Miller MP (Basingstoke). The full Press Release can be found here.

APCRG announces companies short-listed for Responsible Business Champions award 2017

The APCRG Co-Chairs, Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness Greengross, have announced the companies short-listed for the Group's National Responsible Business Champions award 2017, kindly supported for a third year by National Grid. The accompanying Press Release can be found here.

Constituency Responsible Business Champions short-listed for the RBC national award 2017

  • Anglian Water Services Ltd nominated by Rebecca Harris (Castle Point)
  • AO.com nominated by David Crausby (Bolton North East)
  • Atkinson Building Contractors nominated by Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Borders)
  • Heineken UK nominated by Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty)
  • Hotter nominated by Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)
  • intu properties plc nominated by Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston)
  • Liberty House Group nominated by David Davies (Monmouth)
  • Liberty House Group nominated by Jessica Morden (Newport East)
  • London City Airport nominated by Stephen Timms (East Ham)
  • Marks and Spencer plc nominated by Maria Miller (Basingstoke)
  • Maydencroft Limited nominated by Bim Afolami (Hitchin and Harpenden)
  • Pfizer Ltd (Walton Oakes) nominated by Crispin Blunt (Reigate)
  • Standard Life Aberdeen plc nominated by Christine Jardine (Edinburgh West)
  • Standard Life Aberdeen plc nominated by Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
  • Thanet Earth nominated by Roger Gale (North Thanet)
  • The Marbrook Centre nominated by Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)
  • Zurich Insurance nominated by Justin Tomlinson (North Swindon)

The winner of the national award will be announced at the APCRG's Responsible Business Champions reception on 22 November, when Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work will present the winning company with the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion award 2017.

Companies long-listed can be found here along with the accompanying Press Release.

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.

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.