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Big Tick Is Industry First For Gi Group

Big Tick Is Industry First For Gi Group 

Gi Group, one of the world’s leading recruitment companies, has been recognised with a & lsquo;Big Tick’ at the regional stage of the prestigious 2013 Responsible Business Awards, run by charity Business in the Community (BITC). The company is the first generalist recruitment business to receive the accolade.

 As well as this recognition Gi Group is one of just 59 companies shortlisted to go forward to judging, with a chance to be crowned overall winner in the UK. The final result will be announced on 2 July at BITC’s National Gala Dinner in London, which is supported by the 2012 Responsible Business of the Year, Marks & Spencer.

The Big Tick is the first level of accolade in the Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest-running and most respected corporate responsibility awards. The scheme was set up to champion and raise awareness of the best examples from across the UK of business making a positive difference and genuinely tackling key social and environmental issues with award-winning corporate responsibility programmes.

Gi Group achieved the Big Tick in the Workplace Talent and Skills Award category in recognition of its investment in programmes designed to improve employability. This has ranged from programmes encouraging the aspirations of school children and providing careers guidance in colleges up to pre-employment training and the provision of formal qualifications.  This has resulted in over 1,000 qualifications being delivered to people with little previous formal education and the placement of previously unemployed people into over 2,500 permanent jobs in 2012.

Commenting, Tiziano Roseto, Chief Operating Officer, Gi Group, said:“As an employment business we take our responsibilities to the wider public seriously and I am extremely proud of the positive impact that Gi Group has on the employment prospects of many hundreds of people each year. & lsquo;Employability’ provides practical routes to employment for many people with barriers to work and for us it was the obvious next step in the evolution of our business.  I believe that & lsquo;Employability’ has helped to transform Gi Group into a model of what employment agencies should look like in the 21st century.”

Commenting Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine the spotlight on an aspect of business that very rarely gets much public recognition – and that is its ability and willingness to truly transform lives, communities and society for the better. I congratulate Gi Group for its Big Tick today, which recognises that it is part of a movement of companies creating value by living their values. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”

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