Companies from the region have been recognised for their responsible behaviour at the Business in the Community Awards.
Hundreds of business people from across the North-East applauded the winners at a black tie dinner at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.
Four organisations - The Banks Group, John Lewis, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Erimus Housing Ltd - were named as winners of Business In The Community's Big Tick Awards for Excellence 2007.
Now in their 10th year, BITC's Awards for Excellence aim to identify, celebrate and communicate the positive impact of business on society.
Karen Wilkinson-Bell, North-East regional director for Business In The Community, said: "Responsible business practice has become increasingly important to the UK business community in recent years, and our Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most influential initiative within the field.
"The North-East award winners are excellent examples of how responsible business practice can make a significant difference to both individual companies and the communities in which they're working.
"BITC's Awards for Excellence are judged on extremely strict and demanding criteria. The four regional organisations that have secured an award this year can be very proud of their achievements."
Bupa Healthy Communities Award - Northumbrian Water, Tees Valley Housing Group.
Merrill Lynch Raising Achievement in Young People Award - Esh Group.
Cares North-East Volunteer of the Year Award - Hilary Peart of Sage.
Cares North-East Team of the Year Award - EDF Energy, Eversheds, Northumbrian Water, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sage, Sunderland Housing and Ward Hadaway.
Cares North Team Leader of the Year Award - Jessie Uppall of Ward Hadaway.
Sieff Award - Duncan Summers, Linskell Community Centre
HRH the Prince of Wales' Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility - Jamie Martin, managing partner of Ward Hadaway.