WDH has made the final stage of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.
The organisation was selected as one of just 63 finalists across 14 award categories with two of its community initiatives now in the running for prestigious awards that recognise responsible businesses in the UK and abroad that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.
Cash Wise, a project which improves the financial capabilities of WDH tenants and helps them maintain their tenancies and reduce rent arrears, will contend Lloyds Banking Group and Tesco for the Experian Building Stronger Communities Award.
The WDH Academy, which provides work experience for young people living in WDH properties and helps individuals to develop the necessary skills to apply for and sustain employment, will compete against Barclays, Central England Co-operative, ISS UK, ITV and livin for the Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award.
As part of the awards process senior representatives from WDH will go head to head against the other finalists in the last highly competitive stage of the awards. Each will pitch their submission in front of a panel of industry experts and business leaders who will choose a winner, based on which best demonstrates significant impact and a strong business case.
Commenting on having two programmes selected as award finalists, Kevin Dodd, WDH Chief Executive, said: “Both initiatives are fantastic examples of the work we do to make the communities we serve stronger. Not only are they helping to improve the lives of many of our tenants, they’re also supporting our business, bringing down arrears and promoting good morale around the organisation. We’re incredibly proud to see our work recognised and look forward to finding out if we have been successful next month.”
WDH submitted three entries to the Responsible Business Awards. Its Work Placement Project, which was created to offer a comprehensive work experience and training support package to tenants identified as part of the government’s Troubled Families initiative was awarded ‘shortlisted’ status.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “The Responsible Business Awards give much needed visibility to organisations who are putting responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business. The finalists are each playing their part to create a fairer society and more sustainable future by bringing to life the practical role that businesses can take to address some of our most pressing issues. We congratulate WDH for being an inspirational example for others to learn from.”
All finalist companies will be celebrated through a series of Responsible Business Gala events taking place across the UK in June and sponsored by 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid, National Grid.
The overall winners in each category will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner on 7 July 2015.
To find out more about WDH’s award entry visit www.bitc.org.uk/awardstories