Leading Scottish telecoms company HighNet has been declared Constituency Responsible Business Champion by an influential UK Parliament group.
The award is recognition for its work in the community, as well as its working practices which benefit both employees and customers.
The announcement comes as part of Responsible Business Week (23-27 April) which commends companies from around the UK for their high standard of business practices.
The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), which has provided the award, was created to highlight and reward companies for responsible business practices which go beyond mere compliance with legal and contractual obligations to support their local communities.
As a constituency champion, HighNet now qualifies as one of the Scottish representatives that will also take part in the national award event which the APCRG will host at Westminster on 4 July. This will see constituency champions from around the UK compete for the national title. HighNet was nominated for the constituency of Drew Hendry MP (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey).
HighNet was recommended to the APCRG by Drew Hendry MP because of the company’s success in supporting local charities and youth projects; working with the University of the Highlands and Islands to introduce young people to careers in telecoms; supporting the region’s media awards through sponsorship; implementing a green energy programme for its vehicles and office practices; setting up an online HighNet Academy for the training of its apprentices; and breaking the industry norms on the recruitment of young people and women.
Said Mr Hendry: “HighNet is implementing ground-breaking practices which make it an excellent example of corporate responsibility. The company thoroughly deserves its nomination and title of Constituency Responsible Business Champion.
“I’m sure HighNet will be well regarded at the national award ceremony in July. Its work with young people, the success with inclusivity and its care for the environment are all worthy of recognition.”
David Siegel, managing director of HighNet, said: “We are delighted to receive this award. Corporate responsibility is very important to us and it touches all areas of our business. Our ethos is to deliver plain sailing in everything we do, which translates into smooth and easy progress. That is made possible by giving proper care and attention to our corporate responsibilities.
“At present, 48 per cent of our workforce is aged 29 or under and this financial year alone we recruited six apprentices across the business who are currently undergoing admin and IT apprenticeships.
“The norm for levels of women working in our industry is 25 per cent, but at HighNet it is 39 per cent. We’re also implementing a green energy programme for our company vehicles which will see us use hybrid technology and create electricity charging points at our Inverness head office.
“We look forward now to also attending the national award event and continuing our commitment to corporate responsibility.”