Business has a very important responsibility to the wider world both by caring for the environment and the communities in which it works. This award recognises those companies which have shown they live up to that responsibility in actions as well as words
WINNER TYNESIDE AND NORTHUMBERLAND
The world’s leading manufacturer of paints for boats and aircraft has worked hard to minimise the waste it generates from its large plant at Felling. A review in 2007 led to a host of new practices that have benefited the environment and the local community.
WINNER TEES VALLEY
Barker and Stonehouse
The Middlesbrough furniture retailer believes in carrying out its operations with respect for, and minimal impact on, the environment. Along with one of its main suppliers in Indonesia, it has started the independent, non-profit Trees4Trees scheme which replenishes forests and benefits communities. Its new Middlesbrough warehouse recycles 95% of waste, has a biomass boiler for heating and full roof lighting. Now the firm has started mattress and furniture recycling.
WINNER DURHAM AND WEARSIDE
In the past 10 years, this Washington coffin maker has examined every aspect of its work to improve its impact on the environment. This has led to simple but effective steps, including turning wood waste into heat and electricity and ensuring all its materials are accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. As well as cutting its power bills, it has also reduced harmful emissions by installing roller- coating lines for its base coat of water based lacquers.
RUNNERS UP TEES VALLEY
Dan James t/a printing.com
The Middlesbrough company recently achieved the environmental management system accreditation BS EN ISO 14001. It uses only paper manufactured from sustainable, well-managed forests and vegetable-based inks.
Pertemps People Development Group
Working with the community is at the very heart of Pertemps People Development Group’s work – helping local people back into work.
RUNNERS UP DURHAM AND WEARSIDE
Hall Construction Services
Hall Construction Services has readily taken up the challenge of sustainable development in every area of its business. Its zero carbon approach has helped to make sustainable living a reality in the North East.
Elddis Transport Limited
Consett haulage company Elddis Transport has demonstrated its commitment to environmental issues through a number of changes to its business model.
RUNNERS UP TYNESIDE AND NORTHUMBERLAND
The Morpeth pharmaceuticals manufacturer has had a sustained drive to improve its environmental performance in recent years, resulting in lower emissions, energy use and waste.
Corporate responsibility is at the heart of everything Shared Interest does. The firm is the world’s only 100% fairtrade lender, lending more than £30m from UK investors every year to businesses in the developing world.