Local firm Wrightbus have been shortlisted by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group for their National Responsible Business Champion award 2015.
The All-Party group invited all 650 MPs to nominate a business from their constituency who they believe deserved recognition for their commitment to their corporate responsibilities and work within their local community.
WrightBus were the company selected and from the 650 businesses nominated, a judging panel assembled by the group’s co-chairs Baroness Greengross MBE and Jonathon Djanogly MP, were then tasked with short listing 10 businesses to be put forward for the national award.
Ian Paisley MP has expressed his delight at the news, he said: “I am delighted for WrightBus that they made the shortlist for the national award.
“Proposing them as my choice for North Antrim was a very simple decision and putting together the nomination could not have been easier, such is the extent to which the company has invested in the local community.”
The Co-Chairs of the APCRG, Baroness (Sally) Greengross and Jonathan Djanogly MP, said the Parliamentarians considering the Constituency Responsible Business Champions nominated by MPs had had a difficult job in selecting 10 companies for the short-list. All the companies nominated by their constituency MPs were clearly doing excellent work and had strong support from their MPs.
WrightBus will be joined in the final ten by the likes of Sony, Fujitsu and London City Airport, the winner to be announced at a Reception in the House of Commons after the General Election.
Jonathon Djangogy MP added: “In selecting our National Responsible Business Champion our judging panel will be focussing on the impact in each constituency of the companies on our short-list. It is clear from what the nominating MPs have told us that many of these companies are deeply rooted in their communities and play a role in society that goes well beyond providing jobs and training. We will be looking at companies’ social and environmental impact as well as their workplace standards and relationships with suppliers.”
WrightBus Ltd were described by the judging panel as being ‘heavily involved in the local community and playing a major role in supporting local schools and charity based initiatives”. They commended its provision of work placements, its Apprentice Training Programme and its commitment to equal opportunities.
Mr Paisley added: “The vision behind the All-Party group is to promote debate and understanding of corporate responsibility in the community, environment, marketplace and workplace. I believe that WrightBus would be a very worthy recipient of the group’s 2015 award and uphold every aspect of the ethos that the group is founded upon.”