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Gi GROUP WINS TOP AWARD FOR RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

Gi GROUP WINS TOP AWARD FOR RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

Leading recruitment business Gi Group was named overall winner in the Workplace Talent and Skills Award category at Business in the Community’s annual Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner in London last night. It is the first recruitment business ever to gain the accolade.

The award recognises GIiGroup’s investment in programmes designed to improve employability which have ranged from schemes encouraging the aspirations of school children and providing careers guidance in colleges 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 more than 2,500 permanent jobs in 2012.

A video of the judging panel talking about our win can be found here: http://www.bitc.org.uk/our-resources/case-studies/gi-group-employability-programme.

The event, at The Royal Albert Hall, marked the culmination of the 2013 Responsible Business Awards that are set up to celebrate the powerful and positive role of business in society.  The prestigious awards scheme celebrates innovative examples of how businesses across the UK are making a positive difference - transforming communities through tackling key social and environmental issues, and transforming their businesses by integrating responsible behaviour

An audience of 1,000 people gathered at The Royal Albert Hall, including Prime Minister David Cameron and the CEOs 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.

Commenting, Tiziano Roseto, Chief Operating Officer, Gi Group, said: “Winning this top award is fantastic recognition of all the hard work the team has put in to make a positive impact on the employment prospects of many hundreds of people each year. Once again Gi Group is leading the field when it comes to responsible business.”

Chris Jones, Director General and Chief Executive Officer at City & Guilds, and chair of the judging panel (who presented the award) added:  “Gi Group has helped over 2,500 previously unemployed people into permanent work, by introducing a programme that provides training and development to improve the skills and enhance the long-term job prospects of their temporary employees. We were really struck by the passion and enthusiasm of their programme and felt this new focus on employability has helped to transform Gi Group into a model of what employment agencies should look like in the 21st century.”

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. 

Gi Group should be proud of winning and demonstrating that business truly can be a force for good.” 

For full details and case studies of all the 2013 Responsible Business Award winners visit www.bitc.org.uk/awards. 

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