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Businesses across Europe are recognised for improving people’s employability skills

Posted: Friday 25 March 11, 2.51pm GMT

On 17 March winners of the first European Employee Volunteering Awards 2011 were announced at an exclusive reception held at Business in the Community’s (BITC) Responsible Business Convention 2011.

Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Division of Alliance Boots presenting the award for Large Company to Oya, Unlu Kizil, Director of Corporate Communications Koç Holding A.Ş. (Turkey)

Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Division of Alliance Boots presenting the award for Large Company to Oya, Unlu Kizil, Director of Corporate Communications Koç Holding A.Ş. (Turkey)

BITC developed the Awards scheme with 21 European wide partners in recognition of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Sue Adkins, International Director, BITC said:

Employment continues to be a central concern for the European Union, in particular the importance of addressing barriers to employment, experienced in more disadvantaged communities. Around 100 million Europeans engage in some form of voluntary activity – if they were a country they would be the biggest member state of the EU.

BITC is delighted to be supporting the first European Employee Volunteering Awards and celebrate the wonderful contributions that these millions of volunteers make every day.

Over 250 entries from 21 countries across Europe were received. The European Employee Volunteering Awards were co-funded by the European Commission and kindly supported by Alliance Boots, Hewlett Packard and Tata Consultancy Services.

The awards ceremony included a poster exhibition of the 60 national award winners and the launch of a Case Study report showcasing best practice from across Europe.

Awards were presented to the five winning companies by:

  • Ornella Barra – Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Division, Alliance Boots,
  • Brendan Burns – Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Jane Hodgen, Tata Consultancy Services,
  • Sue Bird – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission
  • and John MacDonald – Head of Task Force for the European Year of Volunteering 2011, European Commission.

Awards were given for the following 5 categories: Large Company, Small Company, Innovation, Newcomer and Public Authority. Winning Companies included:

  • Large Company Winner: Koç Holding A.Ş. (Turkey)
  • Small Company Winner: NORSYS (France)
  • Innovation Winner: MITIE Group (United Kingdom)
  • Newcomer Winner: Abbott (Ireland)
  • Public Authorities Winner: Magistrate of the City of Wiesbaden, Office for Social Affairs (Germany)

Through rewarding company’s Employee Volunteering Schemes, BITC hopes to increase the level of employee engagement, particularly during 2011, the European Year of the Volunteer and the UN Year of the Volunteer.

The Case Study Report demonstrates the value of corporate volunteering and how at these uncertain economic times, businesses can play a crucial role in enabling people back into work.

For more information contact: Tessa Kipping, CSR360 Global Partner Network Manager at tessa.kipping@bitc.org.uk or on +44 (0)20 7566 6642.




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