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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service recognised in Business in the Community's 2011 Awards for Excellence

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has scooped the overall Example of Excellence prize in the ways2work category of Business in the Community’s annual responsible business awards the Awards for Excellence last night.

Now in its 14th year, the Awards for Excellence is a prestigious annual showcase of the UK’s best responsible businesses in action. The Awards highlights the best examples of the positive impact businesses are having in the environment, amongst their employees, through the supply chains and in the local communities in which they operate.
 
Organisation’s award winning Green Travel Plan was set up to meet the overarching goal of long-term sustainability. It was recognised by judges for reducing direct and embedded CO2 emissions at all stages in the vehicle lifecycle, from construction to day-to-day use and final disposal.
 
The awards gala dinner event was hosted by comedian Jack Dee and BBC broadcast journalist Mishal Hussain in front of a packed audience of over 1,000 high profile business leaders at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
 
Steve McGuirk from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “The public have told us that sustainability is an important issue to them and we have embedded sustainable principles throughout the delivery of our service. Greening our travel has been just one element of this activity, which had not only helped us to make significant savings to the cost of our service, but has also lead to significant innovations in our appliance design and seen over 20% of our staff regularly cycling to work.”
 
Dr Iarla Kilbane-Dawe, chair of the Awards for Excellence judging panel said: “GMFS demonstrated outstanding innovation and commitment to a holistic, whole of life approach to sustainability and to reducing travel as far as possible within the scope of their service. They achieved this by constantly challenging accepted norms, approaches and technologies and developing creative solutions. The award is given in the expectation that other organisations can learn from their outstanding example.”
 
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Each year the Awards for Excellence showcases the most inspiring and impactful examples of corporate responsibility in action. Each of our winners displays a genuine commitment to continually improve their business practices and transform the communities in which they operate and do business. Our winners should be proud of their achievements particularly in these challenging times. They are taking a genuine stand to prove that doing business and doing good are not mutually exclusive concerns. We hope that by sharing their stories and successes, other companies will be challenged to place responsible business at the heart of their operation.”
 
The Company of the Year award in association with Tomorrow’s Company was picked up by Wates Construction Group for its innovative approach and commitment to addressing the critical sustainability challenges that their industry faces and Maloney’s Budgens scooped the Small Company of the Year award in association with the IOD for their commitment to building corporate responsibility into the heart of their business and their communities.
 
The 2011 Awards for Excellence event is sponsored by outgoing Company of the Year Unilever.
 
Awards in numbers
With all national and regional award entries combined, BITC received 394 entries in 2011. 123 entries resulted in National Big Tick awards, and 65 of these were shortlisted for the Example of Excellence within their category. 87 companies had their 2009/2010 national Big Ticks reaccredited this year.
 
For Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service case study, see: http://ways2work.net/whodoesit/greatermanchesterfireandrescueservice. For full details and case studies of all the ways2work 2011 Awards for Excellence winners visit http://ways2work.net/news/story/760. For images please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/businessinthecommunity/sets/72157626951830621/

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