The Farm Safety Foundation was named winner of the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award at Business in the Community’s 2016 Annual Responsible Business Gala in London last night.
The event at the O2 arena was the culmination of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, run by The Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community to celebrate the innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are making a sustained difference and transforming communities.
NFU Mutual set up the Farm Safety Foundation in 2014 to help raise awareness of farm safety among young farmers and over the past year has been delivering training to over 1,200 farming students in colleges across the UK as well as working with the Young Farmers Clubs, attending agricultural shows and co-ordinating last week’s highly successful Farm Safety Week initiative.
Commenting on the award Stephanie Berkeley, who runs the Farm Safety Foundation said:
This award means a lot to us, especially as we are only in our third year of existence and we still have so much to learn. Going through the awards process we have been able to sit back, take stock of what we have achieved and recognise the impacts our work is having on society and on the business that so generously funds us. It has also given the team a renewed sense of pride and commitment to continue driving those accident figures down.
Commenting on the win, Mary-Ann Kilby, Director Samworth Brothers who chaired the judging panel said:
NFU Mutual’s Farm Safety Foundation shows their passion for increasing safety on farms and their ongoing financial commitment is extremely commendable. They are leading the way in highlighting farm safety and have an ambition that matches the scale of the challenge. The foundation is clearly beneficial to their business and relevant to their customers.
Almost 300 companies entered the 2016 Responsible Business Awards. The winners represent the varied ways that businesses can make a sustained difference, tackling a breadth of issues from youth unemployment, mental health and wellbeing to international disaster relief and the Ebola crisis.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said:
The Responsible Business Awards provide the proof that from the largest global multinational to the smallest local firm, business is a powerful force for good in society. This year we have seen some profound examples of what business can achieve when it puts responsibility at the heart of its operations. I congratulate the Farm Safety Foundation and NFU Mutual for the practical action they have taken to build a fairer world and more sustainable future.
Over 1,600 senior guests, from SME owners to the CEOs of global brands attended the Annual Responsible Business Gala which was supported by 2015 Responsible Business of the Year, Fujitsu. The event was hosted by Sky News and Sports presenter Sarah-Jane Mee, and Jason Bradbury who fronts Channel Five’s The Gadget Show.