Are You a Socially Responsible Small Business?

Small businesses that can demonstrate outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) are being called on to enter the Business in the Community (BITC) Awards for Excellence 2012 which launch on December the 1st 2011.

The BITC Awards for Excellence are open to firms of any size and comprise ten main award categories. There is also a specific category for Small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 250 employees ― the Small Company of the Year Award.

Other categories include:

  • Company of the Year
  • Environment Impact and
  • Community Impact

Between three and five businesses in each category will be shortlisted for the overall awards, the Examples of Excellence.

Social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations are not eligible to apply unless they are BITC members.

Businesses that can prove their Corporate Social Responsibility programme has had a positive impact will receive a “Big Tick” ― a nationally recognised logo which they can use on their websites, marketing materials and letterheads.

“BITC stands for responsible business,”

said a BITC spokesperson.

“Each year we award the coveted Big Tick to organisations of all sizes all over the country for the programmes they run to improve their impact on people and the planet.”

Last year’s Small Company of the Year awards was won by Maloney’s Retail Stores, a family-owned business whose stores are a vital part of their local community. If you want to know more about last year’s winner then take a look at the case study of Maloney’s and their Example of Excellence 2011.

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