Anglian water staff celebrating their award

 Anglian Water is today celebrating being announced as ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ at last night’s prestigious Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards ceremony.

Responsible Business of the Year is one of the UK’s highest accolades for business, and recognises companies that put social and environmental concerns at the heart of their strategy, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and embedding it in the culture of the entire business and supply chain.

The award for Responsible Business of the Year recognises Anglian Water’s ambitions laid out in its Love Every Drop vision. That vision aims to create a resilient environment that allows sustainable growth and can cope with the pressures of climate change.

Business in the Community is the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network. Its members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

Peter Simpson, Anglian Water’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re extremely honoured to receive such a prestigious endorsement for our business, and for our Love Every Drop strategy.

“This award, which has been won previously by M&S, Fujitsu, Veolia and many other great, forward thinking companies, is a wonderful endorsement of our employees, suppliers, and customers that have been part of our sustainability journey and made Love Every Drop a reality by putting water at the heart of a new way of living.

“Key to this is our approach in looking beyond our business, going much further than is expected of us. Through innovation and collaboration we’ve delivered a total transformation of our business – with leading performance in reducing leakage, reducing our carbon footprint and energy usage, supporting education and careers in science, engineering and technology, and by supporting communities like Wisbech. As a result we're making great strides improving the region around us too.

Love Every Drop is Anglian Water’s vision of how a modern utility company should be run - by creating infrastructure that is affordable and reliable, meeting the needs of customers, communities and the environment.

Peter continued: “We want to show how businesses in the UK can be trusted by customers and communities, to work with a purpose and create a positive legacy in the most challenged communities.

“Winning this award is not the end of the story, but just a new beginning. Using the platform that this award affords us we will work with BITC to put these models on the national stage and seek to replicate them around the UK. We will only be able to do that if other responsible businesses rise up to the challenge and collaborate with us and each other. If you are a part of one of those businesses then let’s work together to create a smart, sustainable and resilient UK.”

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, commented: “Congratulations to the 2017 Responsible Business Award winners for being inspirational yet practical examples of the difference business can make to address some of society’s biggest issues. The winning businesses are all different, they span sectors and continents and range from large high street names to small start-ups. What unites them is a belief that with courage vision and leadership, business can do remarkable things for good.”
The Awards Gala took place at the Royal Albert Hall last night and was presented by broadcasters Jeremy Vine and Emily Maitlis. It celebrated and championed the hundreds of inspiring businesses who entered the awards and who make a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and address global challenges such as sustainability.

This year’s Gala was hosted by Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company and Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year 2016, and will now pass on that baton to Anglian Water.

Estelle Branchlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President for Veolia UK and Ireland, comments: “The calibre of businesses at last night’s Responsible Business Awards and Gala Dinner was outstanding, and proof that both global multinationals to SMEs can be a powerful force for good in society. One year after our own ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ recognition, my conviction is that ‘people, planet, profit’, often referred to as ‘The Triple Bottom Line’, is stronger than ever, as people want to buy from, work and partner with socially responsible businesses. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the entries from this year’s awards and wish Anglian Water every success as we pass the baton on.”