Responsible Yorkshire

Posted: Tuesday 5th May 2015

Yorkshire Water has been rated as one of the UK’s most responsible firms by the charity Business in the Community.

The firm achieved a score of 98% in its annual Corporate Responsibility Index.

In total, just 68 businesses were listed in the Index, with Yorkshire Water also ranked the highest of six Yorkshire firms recognised.

The CR Index, now in its 13th year, is a benchmarking tool that helps companies measure and manage the progress they are making to integrate responsible practices into their business plans.

In the last year, Yorkshire Water has rolled out several significant responsible business initiatives that helped achieve this recognition. This included a £5m Social Tariff to reduce the bills of 10,000 customers on low incomes as well as a commitment to pay a living wage to eligible employees of £7.85 per hour.

Richard Flint, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Water, said: “This accolade from Business in the Community is proof of the hard work we have put in to deliver positive social, economic and environmental measures that go above and beyond regulatory requirements. We are committed to acting in an ethical and responsible manner and this approach will continue to be a key driver of our overall business strategy.”

The company, which employs 3,313 staff, has also been awarded a Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. A recent renewable project involved the installation of a 123-foot high wind turbine at its Knostrop facility that generates 10% of the site’s energy needs.

Richard Flint added: “A key element of our corporate responsibility focus is our ‘Blueprint for Yorkshire’ that sets out our vision up to 2020. This five-year plan maps out, amongst other things, several commitments we have made to protect the water and wider environment by improving sea bathing water quality, conserving the land we own, and reducing pollution incidents.“

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive at Business in the Community, said: ““I congratulate Yorkshire Water for achieving its ranking and look forward to working together to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

“To truly change business culture, companies need to engage their people to embrace a different way of doing business with responsible values at the core.”

Today’s announcement of the 2015 CR Index coincides with Responsible Business Week (20-26 April), which is an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contributions businesses make in society.

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