Recognition for being a responsible business
Yorkshire Water’s credentials as a responsible business have been enhanced with the company reaching the final of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community.
Yorkshire Water is one of just five companies in the UK to be named a finalist in the ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ category of the presitigious awards scheme – which champions businesses that take action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.
The company has been recognised for a range of initiatives, including providing financial support mechanisms for those that struggle to pay their bills. This involves aiming to support 24,000 of its most vulnerable customers by 2020 through schemes such as its Social Tarrif that could result in bills droping as much as £150 per year for those eligible.
From an environmental perspective, the utility firm has reduced its carbon emissions by 15% since 2008/09 and had its lowest ever numbers of pollution incidents in 2014/15. As a key driver of the region’s economy, Yorkshire Water were also committed to hiring 160 new apprentices by 2020 and is a Living Wage provider.
Commenting, Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water’s Chief Executive, said: “We strive to continually improve and demonstrate our business leadership, and I can point to many successes in our approach. We are achieving our best ever performance for customers and the environment whilst reducing bills to keep them affordable.”
Senior representatives from Yorkshire Water will go head-to-head against the other finalists in the last highly competitive stage of the awards. Each will pitch their submission in front of a panel of industry experts and business leaders who will choose as winner, the company which best demonstrates significant impact and a strong business case.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “The Responsible Business Awards give much needed visibility to organsiations who are putting responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business. The finalists are each playing their part to create a fairer society and more sustainable future by bringing to life the practical role that businesses can take to address some of our most pressing issues. We congratulate Yorkshire Water for being an inspirational example for others to learn from.”
The overall winners in each category will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner on 7 July 2015.