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Gi Group and Jobsite UK win at Business in the Community Awards

Gi Group and Jobsite UK win at Business in the Community Awards  

Responsible Business action improves employability and reduces turnover rates of placed employees 

Halving staff turnover levels, reducing turnover from 234% to 98%, and helping 1,100 unemployed people into permanent employment are just some of the positive achievements of two recruitment agencies that were winners at last night’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2013in London, where guests included Prime Minister David Cameron.

Gi Group, won theWorkplace Talent & Skills Award, for its Modern Apprenticeship Programme which aims to improve the employability of its clients’ workforce.  573 young people have competed Modern Apprenticeships, with overall completion rates of 83%. None of the people who completed the Modern Apprenticeships had three GCSE’s at grade 3 or above. In branches and sites where apprenticeships are not yet offered, turnover is 234% as opposed to 98% in sites where they are available. The success of the programme means Gi Group’s clients get a more skilled and motivated workforce. 

Jobsite UK, winner of the new Inspiring Social Action in Young People Award (new award) for its Words not Weapons campaign. This award is supported by the HRH Prince of Wales’ new Campaign for Youth Social Action.  Jobsite sponsors and supports a local Havant-based charity, Music Fusion, which uses music to engage with young people from challenging backgrounds. 33% of employees have volunteered or supported fundraising events, and 73 young people stopped from carrying a weapon and a further 24 decided to not start carrying a weapon as a result of the campaign. The company’s latest staff survey showed that 80% of employees were proud to work for Jobsite knowing that the corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda is central to the organisation.

The prestigious Responsible Business Awards celebrate the powerful and positive role of business in society, recognising the innovation and commitment of UK businesses that are making a tangible difference, transforming communities through tackling key social and environmental issues, and transforming their business by integrating responsible behaviour.

An audience of 1,000 people gathered at The Royal Albert Hall, including CEO of some of the UK’s biggest brands, SMEs, and representatives from government, charity groups and community organisations.  The event was co-hosted by Joanna Lumley and Bafta Award winning actor and comedian James Corden, with guests enjoying entertainment from the young performers of the Emerald Music School Choir from South East London.  The evening was supported by the 2012 Responsible Business of the Year, Marks & Spencer.

During the evening, the guests enjoyed a welcome message from President of Business in the Community, HRH The Prince of Wales, in which he said: “The Business in the Community Awards are a real opportunity to celebrate the positive contribution of business in society, to spread best practice and remind us all just how much value businesses can add to communities and to the people who live and work in them.”  He also thanked Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid who is continuing as the National Prince’s Ambassador for a second year.

Commenting on the awards, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It’s a real pleasure to celebrate the work of so many of our leading businesses who are helping to make our country a better place. Business in the Community are the great champions of this cause. And it’s absolutely right that they should hold this event - the Oscars of good, responsible business.”

Commenting at the event Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community, said: “The Responsible Business Awards look beyond the headlines to unearth those companies making a genuine difference and truly creating change by living their values.  Award winning companies are drawn from a range of sectors, but what they share is an understanding of the critical importance of responsible leadership, a willingness to boldly re-imagine what traditional business practice looks like and a genuine commitment to driving innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.  All of these businessesshould be proud of winning and for demonstrating that business truly can be a force for good.”  

The evening culminated with the announcement of the Responsible Business of the Year Award, won by Jaguar Land Rover. This is the first time that the car manufacturer has won this prestigious award, received for the business’s commitment to delivering more sustainable products and developing a future workforce equipped for a career in STEM*.  To date, Jaguar Land Rover has invested &pound2.75 billion in new technologies to deliver more sustainable products, reduced energy consumption per car by 21%, waste by 37% and water by 10%, and enabled two million young people to improve their skills. 

For full details and case studies of all the 2013 Responsible Business Award winners please visit 00.01 on 3 July.


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