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At this week's Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Gala Dinner, we were delighted His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry recognised a group of outstanding individuals identified as the future leaders of sustainability in business.

The Marks & Spencer Sieff Award has been designed to recognise individuals with the skills to drive forward a sustainability mind-set within their business and live responsible business values.  Eleven winners, each representing a different region across the UK, joined the Prince’s on stage to receive their award.

The Sieff Award has had a long history with Business in the Community.  It was launched in 2002 to coincide with BITC’s 20th Anniversary and the retirement of our corporate leader and BITC founder member, Sir David Sieff. Ten years on in 2012, the Award had recognised over 70 individual winners, community leaders from across the country who had made a significant impact and in turn paying tribute to a long history of corporate community involvement that the Sieff family has promoted. 

When Marks & Spencer became Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year in 2012, we re-positioned the award to recognise the importance of the next generation of business leadership. Through the experiences BITC plans to offer the Sieff winners, we hope to bring to life the mutual benefits of responsible business and the importance of developing long-term leadership to ensure that sustainability and community are at the heart of business success.

Commenting on the award Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community who recognised the Sieffs alongside Marc Bolland said “leadership means living your values and taking bold practical actions that create value within a business.  The winners have already shown these leadership qualities and over the coming year, they will have the opportunity to participate in a programme of leadership activities with Business in the Community and Marks & Spencer, all designed to impact their present and future careers and businesses.”

Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to working with you this year. 

Helen Milford:                  Vice President, People Operations, Customer Services  (Asda)
Lucy Clementson-Mills:   Head of Culture and Performance  (BBI Group)
Liz Boynton:                    Senior Corporate Responsibility Officer  (Bouygues UK)
Kingsley Thornton:          Operation Support Director  (Forrest)
Michelle Hatfield:            Director of Corporate Responsibility & HR  (George Best Belfast City Airport)
Ben Smith:                      Buyer, Horticulture  (Kingfisher Plc)
Mike Baddeley:              Head of Business Excellence  (Ricoh UK Ltd)
Graeme Ferguson:         Commercial Director  (Stansted Airport)
Ummar Hanif:                 Neighbourhood Manager  (Thirteen Group)
John Gethin:                   Energy Manager  (Workspace Group Plc)
Elena Gonalez:               Corporate Sustainability Manager  (Carillion)
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