2 Jun 14

EDF Energy shortlisted for Responsible Business of the Year

EDF Energy has been awarded seven ‘Big Ticks’ by charity Business in the Community (BITC) as part of the 2014 Responsible Business Awards. This includes a shortlisting for BITC’s top award of ‘Responsible Business of the Year’.

The Responsible Business Awards identify companies that have had a positive impact on the environment and society, as well as on their own business. The aim of the awards programme, which is independent and peer-assessed, is to showcase the best of responsible business in action.

A BITC ‘Big Tick’ is awarded to companies who have demonstrated significant achievement in their responsible business programmes. EDF Energy has received seven ‘Big Ticks’ this year, in the following categories:

  • Responsible Business of the Year, for EDF Energy’s journey towards a low carbon economy. 2013 saw EDF Energy and the UK Government reach an historic agreement to help unlock new low-carbon nuclear investment in the UK. EDF Energy is one of only three companies to be shortlisted to the National Example of Excellence stage, alongside Johnson Matthey and National Grid.

  • Education, for EDF Energy’s partnership with Okehampton College in Devon to provide energy efficiency services, which has saved the college up to £100,000 each year.

    Workwell, for EDF Energy’s employee ‘wellbeing’ strategy, which among other benefits has seen a 17% reduction in primarily work-related ill health cases.

  • Inspiring Social Action, for EDF Energy’s work with charity ‘Envision’ in developing a strategic social action programme called ‘Legacy Champions’, for students from the London Olympic boroughs.

  • Engaging Customers in Sustainability, for EDF Energy’s sustainable schools programme the Pod (www.jointhepod.org) which has engaged more than 10 million children in energy, science and sustainability.

  • Environmental Leadership, for EDF Energy’s approach to environmental management, which has resulted in the company being awarded the Wildlife Trust Biodiversity benchmark at all of its nuclear power stations in England.

  • Building Stronger Communities, for EDF Energy’s work with Plymouth Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Devon, to provide a holistic debt management service. This service has now been rolled out nationwide.

EDF Energy has also been shortlisted for two regional award categories that focus on local impact in specific UK regions:

  • North East - Employee Volunteer of the Year Award, for EDF Energy employee Margaret Wenham, based in Sunderland, who has been shortlisted due to her diverse volunteering work in the local area.

  • South West - Collaborative Action Award, for EDF Energy’s outreach work with the Cheltenham Science Festival in Gloucestershie - engaging with students on the importance of studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

‘Big Tick’-awarded entries that demonstrate best-in-class examples of responsible business are shortlisted for the chance to be crowned overall national winner in their category. Three of EDF Energy’s entries have been shortlisted for this opportunity – ‘Responsible Business of the Year’, ‘Education’ and ‘Workwell’

Results of the national winners of each ‘Big Tick’ category will be announced on 8 July 2014 at Business in the Community’s National Awards Gala Dinner in London, in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales.

Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at EDF Energy, said:

“This is a terrific recognition of the commitment and hard work of our people. They have made sure that the practice of sustainable and responsible business is at the heart of EDF Energy. These awards are testimony to the great work being done every day across EDF Energy and with our communities and partners.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “All year round, responsible businesses across the UK are contributing towards more resilient communities, stimulating local economies, creating diverse, skilled and healthy workforces and addressing skills shortages - yet these activities rarely get attention.

“The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all. I congratulate EDF Energy for its Big Ticks, which are a powerful symbol of businesses doing more to bring about change.”

For further information about the Responsible Business Awards visit: http://www.bitc.org.uk/services/awards-recognition/responsible-business-awards


For more information contact Phillippa Burgess in the EDF Energy press office on 020 7752 2266 or phillippa.burgess@edfenergy.com

For information about Business in the Community or the Responsible Business Awards contact: Ochuko Adekoya, 020 7566 8758 ochuko.adekoya@bitc.org.uk

Notes to editors:

About EDF Energy
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/

About Business in the Community
Business in the Community is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society.

We have over 30 years’ experience forging better relationships between business and society, driven by a unique collaboration of business leaders. We stimulate action by challenging and supporting thousands of businesses to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future - through our local, national and international campaigns.

Business in the Community is one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is president. www.bitc.org.uk

The Responsible Business Awards

Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards are designed for business by business. Rigorously assessed by business peers from all sectors, the Awards encourage and celebrate businesses that are helping secure a fairer society and a more sustainable future for us all.

In numbers:

In 2014 Business in the Community received 413 entries for the responsible business awards, awarded 159 new Big Ticks, and re-accredited 82 previous Big Tick programmes. 59 Companies have been shortlisted for a chance to be crowned overall winner in their category.