Kingfisher has been awarded a Business in the Community (BITC) ‘Big Tick' in the Impact on Society Award category. The award is given to companies that demonstrate leadership on corporate responsibility and integrate responsible business practices into their operations.
Ray Baker, Director of Corporate Responsibility, commented; "We are really pleased to receive this accolade which reflects the significant progress we have made over the past year. Our key focus has been implementing our Steps to Responsible Growth environmental and social management programme across our international operations. We are now starting to see concrete results, with an increase in the number of energy efficient and lower impact product ranges now being sold in our stores."
In the BITC award categories for Climate Change and Healthy Communities, two ‘Big Ticks' were also awarded to B&Q UK (Kingfisher's largest UK operating company). The awards recognised B&Q's work to promote energy efficiency through a national energy efficiency campaign and their work on community regeneration
Kingfisher has also achieved the highest ranking (Platinum) in the BITC CR Index and was placed joint sector leader. As a result, Kingfisher was included in the list of Companies that Count, published by the Sunday Times in May 2007. Kingfisher's overall score was 97% - up from 93% last year.