First European Employee Volunteering Awards 2011 : Businesses across Europe are recognised for improving the employability skills of people who face barriers to work.
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.
BITC developed the Awards scheme with 21 European partners from the CSR360 Global Partner Network 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 22 countries across Europe were received:
The Final awards event took place in London, UK but the Awards were run in 22 countries across Europe:
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.
The Awards were presented by:
Ornella Barra – Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Division, Alliance Boots;
Brendan Burns – Member of the European Economic and Social Committee;
Jane Hodgen, UK&I Human Resources, 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 category winners:
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 about the European Employee Volunteering Awards please visit: http://www.bitc.org.uk/global/european_volunteering_awards/index.html
For more information about removing barriers to work please visit: http://www.bitc.org.uk/community/employability/work_inclusion.html
For more information about setting up employee volunteering programmes please visit: http://www.bitc.org.uk/community/employee_volunteering/
For more information about setting up employee volunteering programmes internationally please visit: http://engagetoolkit.bitc.org.uk/