More than 500 business people gathered at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 1 June to see Northern Ireland’s leading responsible companies recognised for their outstanding contributions to their people, the planet and the places where they operate.
Lagan Specialist Contracting Group won the Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox, at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland for its significant commitment and contribution to environmental sustainability.
Roy Adair CBE, Chair, Business in the Community NI and Chief Executive, Belfast Harbour said: “The Responsible Business Awards are a valuable opportunity to showcase and share responsible business practices, but also to celebrate the great things that Northern Ireland businesses are doing throughout the year. With award entries up 20% on last year, the judges had a tough time on their hands deciding the winners – the standard for entries was truly exceptional.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of our winners, and those who were shortlisted, for leading the way in responsible business practice. I hope that the achievements of the winning companies will inspire others to put responsible business at the heart of everything they do.”
The keynote speaker, mental health champion and former professional footballer, Clarke Carlisle, who spoke to the audience about mental health issues and his own experiences that lead to him to attempt suicide. Mr Carlisle now runs a mental health charity, The Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis, which seeks to help raise awareness of mental health issues co-occurring with drug or alcohol misuse. All proceeds raised from the raffle on the evening went to local mental health charity Mindwise.
Hosted by Barra Best and Tara Mills, guests at the black-tie event enjoyed an impressive display of local talent with a performance by Ulster Youth Orchestra, and music from over 100 children from four local schools before dinner. Following the meal, guests were treated to a spectacular display of shadow art by Ukrainian artists Fireflies Verba.
To find out more about this year’s winners, please visit: http://www.bitcni.org.uk