In this report

The Responsible Business Awards recognise companies working to improve their social and environmental impact. The 2016 shortlist ranges from businesses focused on global problems to those concentrating on mental health at work

Humanitarian crisis spurs innovation

Awards highlight cases from companies’ reactions to Ebola to supporting struggling smallholders

Responsible Business Gala Awards 2015
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Responsible Business Awards 2016 shortlist

Key themes include global development, the environment and staff wellbeing

Opinion: We need to talk about mental health

Awkwardness is stopping us from tackling an important problem

Remodelling roles preserves traditional skills

Adjusting job descriptions has helped a pottery company keep mature workforce

Whitbread’s Eco-Pod coffee shop in Telford, Shropshire
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Eco-café that makes your coffee greener

An energy-efficient Costa ‘pod’ and smart guest rooms are among the contenders

Skills: The government’s target of 3m new apprenticeships can be achieved only by working with the private sector
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Creativity wins out as public and private roles merge

Responsible Business awards acknowledge increased part played by UK companies

Employers turn to caring for the carers

Support for employees helps the workplace retain skills

Diversity drive aims to combat box-ticking and bias

Companies need to analyse their culture and reward systems

illustration of a dollhouse with interior showing responsible business practices by David Bromley
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It pays to be part of the scenery

Companies profit from alignment with the wider community

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Businesses can help solve the social issues raised by their industry

Groups need to tackle problems that they are part of

Older workers will fill that gap

Employers that ignore the over-50s face a skills crisis

Viewpoint: Collective action shapes the way forward

Collaborations are key to sustaining capitalism, says Cranfield’s David Grayson


The comprehensive list for the Responsible Business Awards 2015 by category

There’s method behind those awards

How the finalists were selected

Case studies

A small cross-section of the nominees for the Responsible Business Awards

Sustainability measurement: index looks to connect investors

Demonstrable bottom-line benefits are required to maintain corporate commitments

Concept of ‘community support’ expands

Companies move from writing cheques to local charities to offering training, products and services

UN sets sights on sustainable development goals

September summit to address climate, poverty and inequality

Companies focus on employee health

Evidence mounts of impact on workplace performance

Corporate responsibility held back

Leaders make public commitments but shareholder primacy remains

Responsible Business awards shortlist

The 145 businesses rewarded for good work by Business in the Community

‘Age is your company’s problem’

Just as societies have been slow to adjust to a world in which 60 is middle-aged, so have employers

Heineken backs alcohol misuse project

The brewer supports Addaction’s programme for veterans