GCU awarded Big Tick in responsible business awards

2 June 2014
The Big Tick is awarded by the Responsible Business Awards

Glasgow Caledonian University has achieved ‘Big Tick’ recognition in the prestigious 2014 Responsible Business Awards, run by the Prince of Wales charity "Business in the Community."

As well as this recognition, GCU is one of just six organisations shortlisted to become overall winner of the Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty.

GCU has been shortlisted for the International Award thanks to its work with the Grameen Healthcare Trust in co-founding the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN). The College was established in 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to provide disadvantaged young women with access to international standard nursing education and clinical practice, in the process raising the status of the profession in Bangladesh and providing opportunities, education and leadership training to women from impoverished backgrounds across the country.

The Big Tick is the first level of accolade in the Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest-running and most respected awards scheme recognising businesses that are making a positive difference to society and to the environment. 

Dr Alec Wersun, Community Engagement Fellow in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said:

“Receiving a Big Tick through BITC’s responsible business awards is a real testament to the University’s vision and commitment to deliver significant impact and make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.  This GCU Big Tick acknowledges GCCN’s contribution to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty, improving maternal health, and reducing child mortality.  I hope it is one of many Big Ticks that we will achieve in years ahead”.

GCU will be presented with its 'Big Tick' at the Scottish Responsible Business Awards celebration in Edinburgh on June 12.

On July 8, a GCU team of GSBS Executive Dean, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor John Wilson, former GCCN Principal  Professor Barbara Parfitt CBE, and GCCN graduate Bristy Rokeya Akter will attend the BITC Gala Dinner, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, to hear whether GCU has won the Unilever International Award outright.

Marks and Spencer Global Community Programme, pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline, and health food manufacturer Danone are three of the 6 organisations shortlisted for the prestigious award.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all.  I congratulate GCU for its Big Tick, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”

A Big Tick is a leading endorsement of responsible business, and organisations are awarded for initiatives tackling a range of issues: from stimulating local or rural communities, building long-term partnerships with schools, inspiring young talent, to embedding environmental sustainability into how products and services are used by customers.