Belfast Harbour Sponsors BITC NI’s Employability Champion Award

Is your business an environmental leader, exemplar employer or education champion? If so, it’s time to prepare your entries for the 2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland.

Is your business an environmental leader, exemplar employer or education champion? If so, it’s time to prepare your entries for the 2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland.

Launching slightly earlier this year, the Awards will open for entries on Wednesday 16 November 2016 and close on Friday 24 February 2017. Applications can be made online at and the winners will be revealed at a glittering gala dinner at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 1 June 2017.

The annual awards, which are run by Business in the Community and sponsored by Electric Ireland, seek to recognise and celebrate firms in Northern Ireland that are making a difference by taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues. They are open to firms here of all sizes and from all sectors. There are nine categories up for grabs in 2017:

  • NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Diageo

  • Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Department for Communities

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by BT

  • Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy

  • Employability Champion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour

  • Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox

  • Marketplace Leadership Award, sponsored by Fujitsu

  • One to Watch Award, sponsored by Danske Bank

  • Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Larne Port

Belfast Harbour CEO and Chair of Business in the Community NI, Roy Adair, said:

“The Responsible Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity, not only to recognise and reward responsible business, but to raise awareness of the great things that organisations across Northern Ireland are doing to help create a society that is better for everyone. It provides a valuable platform to showcase best practice and share ideas for good. 

We’ve widened the scope of the categories this year to help broaden the pool of entries. We want to celebrate all organisations that are doing the right thing by their people, the planet and the places where they operate. It doesn’t matter how big your business is, where you are located, or what you produce or sell, if you’re committed to responsible business, we want to hear from you!”

Kevin Caldwell, Operations Manager at long-term Awards sponsor, Electric Ireland commented:

“As a company, we are committed to responsible business and our sponsorship enables us to recognise the enormous contributions that businesses in Northern Ireland make to their local communities.”

Companies seeking recognition for their responsible business at a national level may be interested in the UK Responsible Business Awards, also run by Business in the Community. Find out more at Closing date for entries is 10 February 2017.

To find out more, visit or call (028) 9046 0606.