Two PwC staff members have made the shortlist in the 2017 Business in the Community (BITC) Northern Ireland Responsible Business Awards.
Stephanie Gowdy heads PwC’s student recruitment team and is a finalist in the Employability Champion Award category, while Brendan (Benny) Miskelly, who leads PwC’s corporate social responsibility activities was shortlisted in the Building Stronger Communities Award category. The awards, now in their 12th year, are sponsored by Electric Ireland, in association with Ulster Business Magazine.
Commenting on the shortlisting process, Roy Adair, Chair of Business in the Community NI, said:
“We are delighted to recognise and celebrate organisations that are doing the right thing by their people, the planet and the places where they operate.
Our Awards are a fantastic opportunity, not only to reward responsible business, but also to raise awareness of the great things that Northern Ireland companies are doing throughout the year.
We had a considerable increase in entries this year. The standard was exceptionally high, and I think all of our judges found the shortlisting process a challenge. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our finalists the very best of luck.”
Paul Terrington, regional chairman of PwC in Northern Ireland said the nominations reflected PwC’s active community outreach and recruitment activities:
“I’m delighted and proud that Stephanie and Benny have been recognised for their enthusiasm and work. With over 1,500 people in Northern Ireland we are consistently seen by graduates as the private sector employer of choice and our higher apprenticeship programme is amongst the most ambitious in the UK.
“In addition, staff commitment to community and charitable activities are remarkable. From running a marathon up and down the hill at Stormont in support of Barnardo’s to helping outfit the new Northern Ireland Hospice, our people continue to demonstrate real commitment to community outreach.
“These nominations are a reflection of our determination to make a difference to our communities.”
The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 1 June.
This year’s award categories and sponsors are:
- NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Diageo
- Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Department for Communities
- Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by BT
- Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy
- Employability Champion Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour
- Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox
- Marketplace Leadership, sponsored by Fujitsu
- One-to-Watch Award, sponsored by Danske Bank
- Wellbeing at Work Award, sponsored by Larne Port
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For more information visit www.bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606.