Our 2017 awards were featured by PwC's Building Public Trust Awards on 30 November at The Dorchester, celebrating nine shortlisted entrants and our three worthy winners, Alive and Kicking, The Bike Project and CLARITY-The Soap Co.
The Bike Project’s mission is to get refugees cycling by refurbishing and donating bikes, and running cycling proficiency training funded by the sale of refurbished bikes to the general community.
“Claiming asylum in the UK can take a long time, during which asylum seekers receive just £36 per week. A bike can help beneficiaries to access services and connect with their community, helping them to become happier, healthier and financially better off. This year, we’ll donate 1,000 bikes, bringing the total number of refugees supported to over 3,000 in just four years.
Everyone at The Bike Project is absolutely thrilled to have won this award. We are a small charity working with a vulnerable and marginalised group so to win an award like this from a company as prestigious as PwC will make the world of difference to our staff, volunteers, and the refugees who we support.” Jem Stein, Founder and Director
Category shortlist: Class Careers, For Jimmy, The Bike Project
CLARITY-The Soap Co. employs blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged people across their business. They earn their income by creating and selling premium body care products under The Soap Co. brand and a wide variety of everyday products under CLARITY.
“CLARITY-The Soap Co. has embedded environmental responsibility throughout the organisation. For instance, The Soap Co. bottles contain 25% recycled milk bottles, their packaging is either recycled, compostable or recyclable; and we have launched a new range of eco and bee friendly products in 2017 that are biodegradable, made from vegan eco certified ingredients and free from chemicals harmful to aquatic life. We are also proud holders of The Planet Mark™, an internationally-recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme in partnership with the Eden Project.
It is so gratifying be recognised by PwC as a leading eco-friendly social enterprise that is establishing best practice in how to manufacture great products without ever compromising on our environmental ethos.” Camilla Marcus Dew, Head of Commercial
Category shortlist: CLARITY-The Soap Co., No More Taboo, Stand4 Socks
Alive and Kicking manufactures sports balls in its not-for-profit stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana. These operations lift families out of poverty by generating sustainable, ethical, fairly paid jobs. Proceeds from selling the balls go towards running health programmes to educate young people about HIV and malaria.
“In the last 2 years Alive and Kicking has entered into partnerships to upcycle leather: taking old first class seats from Air Asia and Southwest Airlines and more recently 30,000 obsolete handbags from global brand FOSSIL and turning them into beautiful footballs for re-sale. To date Alive and Kicking has prevented over 2.5MT of leather entering landfill and is in talks with another fashion house to more than triple this number in the coming year.
To be recognised as an innovator by the most prestigious accounting firm in the world who has a tradition, passion and great understanding for social enterprise is an honour. It pays homage to the hard work and dedication that each and every Alive and Kicking colleague and supporter demonstrates across Africa and the UK.” Ben Sadler, CEO.
Category shortlist: Alive and Kicking, Code First: Girls, Madlug