ISS Facility Services has been recognised in the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC). ISS has been reaccredited for the continual positive impact of its ‘IN2WORK’ programme in the BITC Freshfields Work Inclusion category.
The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. It celebrates inspirational companies that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.
The Freshfields Work Inclusion Award identifies those businesses that have prioritised supporting adults and the young from disadvantaged groups to increase their employability in order to gain and sustain work. BITC reaccredits those organisations showing continued, tangible and positive impact.
ISS was initially recognised in 2013 for its IN2WORK programme, supporting various communities across the UK. In 2014, IN2WORK bought 930 people from the target areas into the employment arena. Ex-service personnel, the long-term unemployed, and those ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEETs) are among the community members the ISS projects aim to support.
As part of IN2WORK, ISS developed a network of 13 programmes to help thousands of the less advantaged into sustained skills development and employability. Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK & Ireland stated, “I’m delighted by our reaccreditation as this year alone we’ve changed the lives of over 900 people. The IN2WORK initiatives ensure that we use our status as one of the UK’s largest employers to make a positive difference to our society.” He added, “Our recent efforts are around the topic of youth employability, which is a vital area for business today and in the future. We’ve made this the cornerstone of our efforts in many parts of our business planning and strategic development. We also seek to encourage our partners and stakeholders to support the skills development and work opportunities of our young people.”
In addition to the Work Inclusion Award, ISS is shortlisted for BITC’s Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award. Finalists will be announced June 2nd 201, with winning companies receiving their awards on July 7th at the BITC’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner in central London.
Steve Workman, Corporate Responsibility Director, ISS Facility Services commented, “The BITC recognition of our efforts provides a great benchmark and demonstration of our increasing commitment to support employability. It’s an important reminder to us all that through strategic business decisions, we can have positive influence on our communities.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business and raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good. We congratulate ISS for playing its part in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future and demonstrating that business has a greater purpose then simply generating profit.”
The announcement on April 21st coincides with Responsible Business Week (20-26 April 2015), an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society. The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the variety of ways that businesses are making a difference – from helping young people develop valuable skills, or supporting small businesses to grow.
For further information about the 2015 Responsible Business Awards visit www.bitc.org.uk/awards
For more information about ISS Facility Services, please contact:
Saffi Haines, PR & Social Media Manager
Tel: 0845 057 6574