eir Business NI Shortlisted for Responsibility Award

eir Business NI has been shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award by Business in the Community Northern Ireland

Shortlisted in the Building Stronger Communities Award category sponsored by Department for Communities, eir Business NI has demonstrated a positive impact on communities through investing its time, resources and expertise to tackle disadvantage.

Commenting on the announcement, Darren Lemon, General Manager at eir Business NI said “Since entering the Northern Ireland market 10 years ago, supporting our local community has been central to our company ethos and we continue to grow and evolve our CSR activities year on year to better deliver on our commitment. Despite being a small organisation of less than 60 people, we put significant effort in our fundraising and volunteering work and strive to make a big impact to the wellbeing of the community in which we operate. Being nominated for such a prestigious award as this is true testimony to the dedication of our staff and the work we do.”

The awards, now in their 12th year, are sponsored by Electric Ireland, and in association with Ulster Business Magazine and other categories include:

This year’s award categories and sponsors are:
• NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Diageo
• Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Department for Communities
• Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by BT
• Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy
• Employability Champion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour
• Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox
• Marketplace Leadership, sponsored by Fujitsu
• One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Danske Bank
• Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port

Chair of Business in the Community NI, Roy Adair, said: “We are delighted to recognise and celebrate organisations that are doing the right thing by their people, the planet and the places where they operate. Our Awards are a fantastic opportunity, not only to reward responsible business, but also to raise awareness of the great things that Northern Ireland companies are doing throughout the year. We had a considerable increase in entries this year. The standard was exceptionally high, and I think all of our judges found the shortlisting process a challenge. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our finalists the very best of luck.”

Kevin Caldwell, Operations Manager at long-term Awards sponsor, Electric Ireland commented: “As a company, we are committed to responsible business and our sponsorship enables us to recognise the enormous contributions that businesses in Northern Ireland make to their local communities.”

Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 1 June.

For more information visit www.bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606.

Caption: Pictured (l-r) Tom Doran, NIE; Aideen Glass from eir Business NI; Lorraine Gallagher, Department for Communities; Darren Lemon, eir Business NI and Nigel McKinney, Community Foundation NI