Efficiency North was named as a finalist in the BITC Responsible Business Awards 2020, amongst some of the UK’s most prominent and successful commercial organisations. We are one of six finalists in the Unipart Outstanding Employment Award alongside Grant Thornton UK LLP, Heathrow Airport Ltd, ISS UK, Lincolnshire Co-op and Tideway.
As a 2020 Responsible Business Champion, Efficiency North has demonstrated full commitment to the responsible business agenda during times of extreme and testing change and exemplifies best practice that can motivate and inspire others.
Efficiency North has been a catalyst for driving sustainable socio-economic change in the communities of its social housing landlord members. Using intelligent procurement to channel employment and training opportunities, the organisation has developed a successful strategy to remove barriers to social mobility for tenants and residents in communities amongst the most socially, economically and educationally deprived in the UK, following the loss of key industries and the economic crunch. This successful strategy has in turn supported a 500% growth in business since the organisation was incorporated in 2014, enabling Efficiency North to develop more employment and training projects, such as the Humber Construction Hub, funded by CITB and Humber LEP.
Efficiency North also completed Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) Responsible Business Tracker for the first time in 2020 and were pleased that scores in Education and Inclusive Growth established the organisation as leaders both in its benchmarking group and the whole cohort of those who responded.
Business in the Community was created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business. For over 20 years Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards have showcased transformational stories of businesses taking real action to build thriving communities. Each year, the Awards celebrate those businesses demonstrating strong, inclusive leadership, who continuously innovate to tackle pressing social issues and repair and rebuild our planet. The Awards recognise pioneering businesses addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
There are 33 Responsible Business Champions overall in 8 categories in 2020. Amongst these are the Bank of England, Sainsbury’s, the John Lewis Partnership, Nationwide Building Society, BT Group, Royal Mail Group, KPMG and Aviva.
More information on the BITC website - https://www.bitc.org.uk/case-study/rbchampion-efficiency-north/