Last Updated: 14 November 2017
Created: 14 November 2017
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has nominated Zurich for the National Responsible Business Champion award.
The purpose of the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) is to promote debate and understanding of corporate social responsibility within Parliament. It seeks to achieve this by promoting an exchange of views between Parliamentarians and people with an active interest in corporate responsibility.
In selecting companies for the national award shortlist, the Group looked for companies that are: supporting their local community; investing in healthy workplaces; offering apprenticeships and training to all age groups; promoting equality and diversity in the workplace, including offering disabled people work opportunities; and monitoring suppliers’ actions on these issues.
The criteria for the 2017 Award reflect the fact that the Group wishes to support the action being taken by Government and responsible businesses to reduce the disability employment gap.
In his nomination, Justin highlighted Zurich's work to promote a healthy workplace and to encourage diversity and equality in a nomination which also drew attention to its important contribution to Swindon, through a “fantastic volunteering scheme” and generous financial support for local charities.
Zurich Community Trust is a registered charity which is funded by an annual donation from the Zurich UK businesses and by generous donations from Zurich's UK employees. Since its creation in 1973, the Trust has donated over £65 million. Last year they delivered £2.8 million of charitable activities and, through the full range of its programmes, improved the quality of life of over 100,000 disadvantaged people.
The APCRG National Responsible Business Champion 2017 will be presented with the award at a reception in Parliament on 22 November 2017.
Justin Tomlinson MP said: "I am delighted that, having nominated Zurich for the National Responsible Business Champion, they have been shortlisted for the overall award. Zurich's Community Trust make an outstanding contribution to society in Swindon & across the country. Throughout my time as a Member of Parliament, ZCT has consistently gone above and beyond to provide opportunities to people from all walks of life."
You can learn more about the Zurich Community Trust by visiting their website: https://www.zurich.co.uk/zurichcommunitytrust/home/home.htm