Jobsite recognised in Business in the Communitys 2013 Responsible Business Awards
Jobsite recognised in Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business Awards
Jobsite was named overall winner in the Inspiring Social Action in Young People category at Business in the Community’s annual Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner in London last week.
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.
Jobsite’s award winning initiative & lsquo;Words Not Weapons’ was set up with charity Music Fusion, who are based near Jobsite in Havant, in order to help keep young people away from violence, alcohol and drugs by enabling them to showcase their incredible talents and build themselves as musicians. It was recognised by judges for tackling one of the hardest social issues of gang culture with almost 100 young people turning against weapons as a result. The judges were also impressed with the clear link between Jobsite’s core business of placing talent and this activity which inspired young people to drive change, with the campaign having engaged more than 6,000 individuals.
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.
Mike Wall, MD of Jobsite said: “We’re thrilled to have had our work with Music Fusion recognised with such a prestigious award. Supporting both the community in which we’re based and projects that relate to our business area of recruitment and employability are hugely important to us. Music Fusion do fantastic work, with such passion and pride that we knew they were an organisation that we wanted to work with.
“We know that this activity is important to our staff too, with 80% of our employees saying that they’re proud to work here due to the central role that CSR plays.
“Building on this success we’ve got big plans to do more, both with Music Fusion and other initiatives that benefit the communities in which we operate.”
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. Jobsite should be proud of winning the Inspiring Social Action in Young People Award and demonstrating that business truly can be a force for good.”
This Award win comes just days after Jobsite were recognised at the regional Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards for both their work with Music Fusion and Pompey in the Community, the charitable arm of Portsmouth FC, who Jobsite have sponsored since 2009.