Yorkshire Water awarded five stars for corporate responsibility

We have been awarded a top mark of five stars as one of the country’s most responsible businesses by the national charity Business in the Community (BiTC). 

The accolade, part of the BiTC’s Corporate Responsibility’s Index, means we are listed alongside a small elite of other UK companies that have received the top grade. 

The Corporate Responsibility Index helps businesses to assess how well they are integrating responsible business practices into their operations. Assessors score companies, ranging from one to five stars, based on several factors such as their culture and values to environmental impact and transparency over pay policies.   

Our ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ campaign was recognised as part of the grading, this aims to raise £1m by 2020 to donate to the international charity WaterAid to fund access to safe, clean water. To date, we have raised £731,000 towards our target through a range of employee events and customer fundraising initiatives. 

We've also reduced our carbon emission by four per cent over the last three years and achieved a National Equality Standard for good practise in all areas of diversity, equality and inclusion. 

Richard Flint, Chief Executive, said: “To achieve the maximum five stars in the CR Index is testament to the value we place on being a responsible employer that supports not just the local economy but also the local communities in which we operate. We are committed to acting in an ethical and responsible manner that protects and improves the water environment and wider society, and this approach will continue to be a key driver of our overall business strategy.”  

This year, we are also a principal partner to Hull UK City of Culture 2017, continuing our long established investment into big regional events, including the Yorkshire Festival and Tour de Yorkshire. Our programmed events for Hull include the installation of three artistic drinking fountains, created to serve the city of Hull in its landmark year of arts and culture.

Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Every business should do something significant for society by being a force for good in the community, but that’s only possible if companies are able to measure the progress they are making as responsible businesses. I congratulate Yorkshire Water for achieving its score and look forward to working together to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future.” 

We've also been recognised as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. Middle managers are now 33 per cent female and our senior manager gender balance has increased by 10 per cent to 30 per cent female over the last few years. 

The CR Index coincides with Responsible Business Week (24-28th April), which is an annual BiTC initiative to increase awareness of the positive contributions businesses make in society. 

For further information about the 2017 CR Index visit the BiTC website.