City of London Corporation announces final shortlist for Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards
London institutions recognised for their work in the community
Finalists for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards have been announced by the City of London Corporation.
The Awards recognise excellence in companies' community engagement that benefits London.
The 17 organisations on this year’s shortlist come from a variety of backgrounds, from City firms like Oliver Wyman to community organisations such as Fulham Good Neighbours.
In 2015 more than 18,000 business applicants volunteered to work in deprived communities across London.
Previous winners and finalists have benefited through their involvement with the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards, citing a boost in employee engagement and new business.
The shortlist is:
Education and Lifelong Learning Award
Liberum Capital, for Liberum supporting disadvantaged children and families in London with School Home Support
UBS, for IntoUniversity Hackney
Enterprise and Employment Award
Transport for London, for Supplier Skills
Simmons and Simmons, for Young Talent Programme
Investec, for Beyond Business
Future Proofing Charities Award
Oliver Wyman, for Oliver Wyman London Social Impact Programme
Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS, for Young Academy
Heart of the City Award for Best New Community Programme
Penguin Random House UK, for Creative Responsibility
Assael Architecture, for Giving Something Back
Pool Re, for Age-UK Strategic Partnership
Lord Mayor's Award for Longstanding Achievement
Dentons, for Poplaw Legal Advice Clinic
IBM, for On Demand Community
London City Airport, for Take Off into Work
Community Partners Award
ReachOut, for their work with Macquarie Bank
Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, for their work with Lloyd's of London
Fulham Good Neighbours, for their work with Assael Architecture
Think Forward, for their work with ICG
The short-listed programmes feature a variety of different initiatives which include innovative programmes aimed at developing the skills of disadvantaged Londoners, business planning and financial support for social enterprises, and advice for families on tackling educational disadvantage.
Jeffery Mountevans, Lord Mayor of the City of London said:
“I would like to congratulate all of our finalists for reaching this stage. Their community work has been recognised and these businesses know that by supporting their communities they are also making a priceless investment into their own workforce. London’s businesses should be more vocal about the positive things they are doing for the community - and these awards provide an excellent opportunity to promote their good work.”
“IBM is proud - and humbled - to have been shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards in the 'Longstanding Achievement' category for our employee volunteering programme, 'On Demand Community'. This is a tribute not to a specific employee or programme but to all of the 43% of our employees registered as volunteers and to the extraordinary impacts that they are making to the individuals, organisations and communities that they volunteer with. IBM views itself as a committed, engaged citizen - and values employees who make similar personal commitments.”
Krzysztof Mikata-Pralat, Director, Fulham Good Neighbours said:
“This is a major boost for our charity; it recognizes all our good work and the positive difference we have been making to the local community for the last 50 years.”
The winners will be announced at the celebration dinner on Tuesday 27 September 2016.
The Awards form just one part of the City Corporation’s commitment to engaging businesses in the regeneration of their local communities.
The Corporation also delivers City Action, an employee volunteering matchmaking service for City businesses, and Heart of the City, a charity offering support for companies in Greater London that are interested in Corporate Social Responsibility.
City Bridge Trust, the Corporation’s charitable funder, funds City Philanthropy, an initiative which encourages the giving of time, skills and funding in the City. It has just launched an Ambassadors Programme which will feature over 100 City leaders championing the tremendous importance, and value, of London’s leadership in philanthropy, for the benefit of London’s communities.
And City Giving Day, organised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, recognises the charitable work of businesses and its employees, highlighting their community impact.
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