Press release:
Kingfisher achieves recognition for Corporate Responsibility (CR) excellence from Business In The Community (BITC)

7 June 2010


Kingfisher is among a small number of businesses to receive BITC’s coveted National Big Tick for their ‘Future Homes’ CR Strategy, and has been shortlisted for the overall Example of Excellence award in the Asda Environmental Leadership Category.

The Awards for Excellence reward businesses which demonstrate the positive impact they have on society, as well as the business benefits created by ensuring that being responsible is integral to their business model.

In addition to receiving this award Kingfisher has once again retained its platinum status in the BITC 2009 Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), a UK leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

Achieving the platinum level means that Kingfisher has integrated corporate responsibility into its business model, defined clear responsibilities for CR and implemented a structured approach to data collection.  It also recognises that Kingfisher acts and reports with a high level of transparency and stakeholder engagement, with third party assurance for published data.

Kingfisher is proud of these achievements, which demonstrate how its ‘Future Homes’ CR Strategy, which is integrated into overall business strategy, is paying off. Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive, commented “We are in a unique position to help our customers make their homes more sustainable and affordable, while keeping our own house in order by reducing our own environmental impact and carbon footprint.  Receiving this recognition for our work is hugely important; as it shows us that we are not only heading in the right direction but also making a difference.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Kingfisher on achieving their Big Tick, being shortlisted for the Example of Excellence in their category and achieving Platinum status in the CRI. It has been a difficult 12 months for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus on making a positive impact on people and planet, and are prepared to lead by example.” 

Kingfisher will be presented with its Big Tick award, and find out if they have won the Example of Excellence for the Asda Environmental Leadership Category, at an event in central London on 5 July.