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The Business Charity Awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by UK businesses to good causes. The awards not only recognise the role that individuals, teams and entire companies play in supporting charitable activity both at home and abroad, but also help to educate the wider business community about the best ways to support good causes.

The awards are open to companies of all sizes and across all industries. Charities may enter on behalf of their corporate partners.  Joint entries from companies and their corporate foundations will also be accepted for their work with charity partners.

Categories 2017

Innovation

  • Challenge event of the year: For a staff team from a business that took part in a successful fundraising challenge to benefit a UK charity.
    • What is the event and its objectives? Include whose idea it was and the timescale for the project.
    • How was it delivered? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?
  • Employee engagement initiative of the year: Sponsored by Charities Trust For a company that has adopted policies that have resulted in a significant increase in charitable donations or activities by its workforce.
    • What is the initiative and its objectives? Include the company’s overall policy on employee engagement in charitable work.
    • How was it delivered? What specific measures have been adopted? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?
  • Marketing initiative of the year: For a marketing initiative between a business and a charity that has helped to promote the charity’s work, or helped to raise funds. Initiatives might include cause-related, affinity and experiential marketing partnerships.
    • What is the campaign and its objectives? Include the timescale for the project.
    • How was it delivered? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?
  • Project of the year: For a scheme or initiative, either in the UK or overseas, that has successfully worked with a UK charity to help its beneficiaries. Examples of projects could include employment, work experience and training schemes for beneficiaries as well as overseas aid projects.
    • What is the initiative and its objectives? Include whose idea it was and the timescale for the project.
    • How was it delivered? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?

Partnerships

The following categories recognise the charitable contributions UK companies make to good causes through fundraising, volunteering or by providing pro-bono support. Please address the following questions within your 800 word written submission for the following partnership categories.

  • What was the partnership and its objectives? Include whose idea it was and when it began.
  • How was it delivered? What specific measures have been adopted? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
  • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?
  • Charity partnership – automotive and transport: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the automotive or transport sectors and a UK charity. Includes motor vehicles and in-car entertainment, airlines, trains, and other forms of transport.
  • Charity partnership – consumer goods/food and beverage: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the consumer goods or food and beverage sectors and a UK charity. Covering beverages (alcohol and soft drinks), toiletries, grocery items and household products as well as supermarkets and restaurants.
  • Charity partnership – fashion and retail: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the fashion or retail sectors and a UK charity. Covering fashion brands (clothing, footwear and accessories), home shopping, department stores, online shopping and auctions. As well as DIY stores, furniture stores and estate agents.
  • Charity partnership – financial services: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the financial services sector and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – health, beauty and pharmaceuticals: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the health, beauty or pharmaceutical sectors and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – legal: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the legal sector and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – media and entertainment: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the media and entertainment sectors and a UK charity. Includes media or entertainment products and services, magazines, TV, cinema, video games and companies within the digital services sector.
  • Charity partnership – professional services: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the professional services sector and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – property and construction: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the property and construction sectors, including architectural practices and structural engineering firms, and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – small businesses: For an outstanding partnership between a business, with fewer than 50 employees, and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – sport, travel and leisure: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the sport, travel and leisure sectors and a UK charity. Including sporting events, sport and leisure pursuits and equipment, health clubs, holiday services, destinations and travel operators.
  • Charity partnership – telecoms and technology: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the telecommunications and technology sectors and a UK charity.
  • Charity partnership – utilities and services: For an outstanding partnership between a company in the utilities and services sectors and a UK charity.

The following categories each have a specific set of questions to address within your 800 word written submission.

  • Community impact: For a business that has provided vital support to a charitable project in a specific locality.
    • What was the project and its objectives? Include whose idea it was and when it began.
    • How was it delivered? What specific measures have been adopted? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?
  • Consortium award: For an outstanding partnership between one or more companies and one or more UK charities.
    • Who are the partners within the consortium?
    • When and how was the consortium was created?
    • What are its goals? How was it delivered? What resources (people, investment and skills) did the company contribute? Include any challenges that were faced and how they were overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What benefits has the partnership brought to both the charity and the company?
  • Corporate foundation award: For a corporate philanthropic foundation that has provided outstanding support to the charity sector.
    • What is the foundation and its objectives? When was the foundation set up and where does it operate?
    • How much money does the foundation receive annually and where does this money come from?
    • How much money has been given to charities over the past three years?
    • How does the foundation deliver its objectives? Provide examples of its philanthropic work. What resources (people and skills) does the foundation have? Include any challenges that are faced and how they are overcome.
    • What has been achieved and how was success measured? What impact has the foundation brought to both charities and their beneficiaries?

Talent

  • Business of the year: For a business that has excelled in helping the wider community by embedding a culture of supporting charitable causes at all levels. This award will be awarded to the categories winner that, in the judges opinion, stands out above all the rest. This category cannot be entered directly and is chosen by the chair of judges.
  • CSR team of the year: Sponsored by Charities Trust for a corporate social responsibility team (or a team that has a similar function) that has successfully increased the charitable or socially responsible activities of the business.
    • Who is in the team? What are their roles and objectives?
    • How do they achieve their goals? What resources (people, investment and skills) has the team been given? What challenges have their faced?
    • What have they achieved? How has this success been measured?
    • Why do they deserve to win?
  • Outstanding employee: For an individual in a company who has made an exceptional contribution to charity with the support of his or her employer.
    • What has been the career path of the employee?
    • What contribution has he or she made to charity?
    • What have been his or her greatest achievements and in what way has the company supported him or her?

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