We've been named the responsible company of the year at the Responsible Business Awards.
The awards, run by Business in the Community, celebrate businesses in Northern Ireland demonstrating strong, inclusive leadership, who continuously innovate to tackle pressing social issues and repair and rebuild our planet.
Judges chose Asda from a strong list of candidates for initiatives including:
- A total of 20,000 hours of volunteering by our brilliant team of community champions in Northern Ireland
- Donations of £229,000 to support local good causes
- The collection of £64 million for Tickled Pink across the UK, which includes supporting vital research undertaken into Triple Negative breast cancer by the team at Queen’s University, Belfast.
In assessing Asda'a entry, the judging panel noted: “This is an organisation that isn’t afraid to tackle tough and topical societal issues head on. From improving nutrition to tackling plastics, the breadth and depth of Asda’s responsible business activity is really impressive. It succeeded in taking a large ‘corporate’ strategy and making it local, ensuring its team brings colleagues, customers and suppliers with them along the way.”
George Rankin, Senior Director Asda NI, said: “We’re really proud to have won this prestigious award here in Northern Ireland, and to receive recognition from Business in the Community reflects the breadth and depth of our commitment to corporate responsibility, particularly around the communities we serve.
"From climate emergency and plastics reduction, to food poverty and everything in between, we are very proud of the impact we are making.
"Asda will continue to advocate best practise in corporate responsibility and we’ll keep innovating to help us to continue to do the right thing."
Kieran Harding, Managing Director of Business in the Community, said: “There is no doubt that 2020 has been a very different year to the one we expected, however, throughout the pandemic so far, I am continually heartened by the determination of companies across Northern Ireland to be even more responsible through their activities, as they take care of their people, the environment and their communities."