Awards honour businesses’ social projects

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COMPANIES which have gone above and beyond to develop products and programmes to address social and environmental issues have been honoured.

The University of Portsmouth Business School hosted the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.

More than 80 people from the business and voluntary sector attended.

The awards champion businesses which are taking action to address social and environmental issues and winners included Fujitsu and Unipart Group for their work with young people, Southampton Solent University for its work on promoting wellbeing among staff and students, and NATS (National Air Traffic Services) for its work in engaging customers in sustainable practices.

Frank Nigriello, director of corporate affairs at Unipart Group and ex-employee of The News, was announced as HRH Ambassador for the South East region.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of HRH the Prince of Wales’ presidency of Business in the Community.

Each year he appoints a Responsible Business Ambassador as representative of the responsible business movement.

Professor Gioia Pescetto, dean of Portsmouth Business School, said: ‘We are delighted we could host the 2015 Responsible Business Gala.

‘The awards play a vital role in highlighting how businesses are tackling key social and environmental issues.

‘This event allows us to further our collaboration with business and open new opportunities for our research and education to make a positive difference from the perspective of responsible management and leadership.’