Nationwide awarded Big Tick in Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards

02 June 2014

Nationwide Building Society has been recognised with a ‘Big Tick’ in BITC’s flagship Responsible Business category as part of the Responsible Business Awards 2014, which are run by the charity Business in the Community.

The Big Tick is the first level of accolade in the Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest-running and most respected awards scheme recognising businesses that are making a positive difference to society and to the environment.

BITC’s Responsible Business category recognises companies that are helping to lead the responsible business agenda; are pioneering in their approach; and are influencing other businesses to create long term sustainable change. Just seven companies achieved a ‘Big Tick’ in this category, demonstrating that they have made significant steps to ensure that the footprint of their business enables both the business and society to prosper.

Commenting, Stephen Uden, Head of Citizenship at Nationwide said: “Acting responsibly and always doing what is right for our customers is our core purpose, not just an add-on or nice thing to do. Our five-year citizenship plan, ‘Living on your side’, is a manifestation of this and our mutuality. It’s designed to provide peace of mind to our customers, by enhancing their financial security, enabling them to have a home of their own and making a difference to their local communities.”

Nationwide will be presented with the Big Tick trophy at the South West Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner on 17 June in Bristol.

Commenting, 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 Nationwide for its Big Tick, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”

The overall winners will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s National Awards Gala Dinner, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and in partnership with the 2013 Responsible Business of the Year Jaguar Land Rover, on 8 July 2014.

For further information about the impact and background to the 2014 successful Award stories, visit www.bitc.org.uk/awardstories from 2 June 2014.

For information about Business in the Community or the Responsible Business Awards contact: Ochuko Adekoya, 020 7566 8758.

About Nationwide Building Society
Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million members.

Customers can manage their finances in branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 15,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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.

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