The retailer scooped the award in recognition of its ongoing Sustainability Programme.

Asda has been crowned Resource Efficiency Champion at Business in the Community’s prestigious Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland.

Joe McDonald, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs Asda NI commented, “We are delighted to receive this accolade. It is the second award we have accepted in four weeks which recognises our ongoing commitment to sustainable practices across the business, having recently been named Green Retailer of the Year at the Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards.

“Our entry for the Business the Community Awards focussed on the steps we are taking to reduce the resources needed to grow, process, store, transport and retail the food and drink we sell. Our sustainability programme forms an important part of Asda’s corporate responsibility strategy and has delivered a hugely positive impact on our business, customers, suppliers and the environment.”

The awards ceremony saw over 500 business people from across Northern Ireland gather at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall to recognise Northern Ireland’s leading responsible companies.

Roy Adair, Chair, Business in the Community NI and Chief Executive, Belfast Harbour said: “The Responsible Business Awards provide a valuable platform to showcase and share responsible business practices. It was a close call for the judges in many categories as the standard of entries continues to exceed expectation. All of the finalists are organisations which are leading the way in responsible business practice.”