Yorkshire Water named among UK’s most responsible firms

Yorkshire Water named among UK’s most responsible firms

Yorkshire Water has been named as one of the UK’s most responsible firms by the business-focused charity, Business in the Community (BiTC).

The group was one of just 43 companies listed in what is known as the BiTC’s annual Corporate Responsibility Index and was the highest ranked Yorkshire business.

The index helps businesses assess how successfully they are integrating responsible business practices into their operations by assessing factors ranging from a company’s culture and values to its environmental impact and transparency over pay policies. 

Chief executive Richard Flint said: “This recognition from Business in the Community is proof of the hard work we have put in over the last 12 months 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 that protects and improves the water environment and this approach will continue to be a key driver of our overall business strategy.”

In 2014, Yorkshire Water created their ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ campaign designed to support its partnership with the international charity WaterAid and raise £1m for the East African country by 2020 to spend on access to safe, clean water.

To date the company has raised £433,188 towards its' ambitions target, through a range of employee events and customer fundraising initiatives.

As a key driver of the region’s economy with over 3,000 staff and hundreds of suppliers, the firm has also pledged to hire 160 new apprentices and is a Living Wage provider.