Schlüter-Systems Ltd. has been shortlisted for Business in the Community’s 2016 Responsible Business Awards, the most prestigious and rigorous awards championing responsible business at home and abroad.
Driven by the charity, Business in the Community (BITC), HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, the 2016 Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges.
The announcement of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards shortlist coincides with Responsible Business Week (18-22 April 2016) an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.
Business in the Community received 297 entries for the Responsible Business Awards, shortlisted 103 and re-accredited a further 82 entries for demonstrating continual impact in their responsible business programme.
Schlüter-Systems Ltd. was recognised for an initiative that started out initially to improve staff retention rates, but continues to grow today due to its abundant success, achieving way beyond the original targets.
Including all staff, the initiative hopes to create a better culture within the company, improve work/life balance and aid employees in improving their physical and mental health. The initiative was shortlisted for the ‘Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award’.
Commenting, Joachim Backes, Managing Director, Schlüter-Systems Ltd., said: “At Schlüter-Systems, we firmly believe that if we have a content workforce, we will also have content customers.
Since joining the company, I have endeavoured to create an inclusive culture that allows everyone to feel engaged and naturally encourages a productive environment. It is important that everyone feels recognised for both their individual value to the company, and also their importance as a member of the team.
Amongst the many wellbeing initiatives that form our engagement strategy, we regularly hold social events and encourage an open-door policy, which I feel has been very successful in creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere here at Schlüter-Systems.“
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges.“
“Today’s Responsible Business Awards shortlist represents the very best of business. Celebrating their stories helps raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good.”
Now in its 19th year, the Responsible Business Awards are open to companies of all sizes, from SMEs to multi-nationals, and across all sectors. Categories cover a wide range of positive business activities, from investing in the health and wellbeing of employees, nurturing young people to develop skills, supporting rural communities and more disadvantaged members of society, to helping the resilience of communities in the face of international disasters.
All shortlisted companies will be celebrated through a series of Responsible Business Gala events taking place across the country in June.
The Award Winners are announced at BITC’s Annual Responsible Business Gala at the O2 in London on 11 July, hosted by Fujitsu (2015 Responsible Business of the Year).